Both first-year and upperclass students can choose to live in one of three residential colleges. These living-learning communities, which foster interaction among faculty and residents through special programming and activities, mirror the ideals of Jefferson’s Academical Village.
Faculty members serve as Principals of each residential college, living on site with family members. Their leadership and influence, combined with a strong sense of student self-governance and the active participation of a director of studies and Faculty Fellows, create special communities where learning is an around-the-clock adventure.
An environmental writers lecture series, international service trips over Spring Break, regular movie nights, Rotunda dinners, guest speakers, and a community garden are just some examples of programming that identify the unique cultures of UVA's residential colleges.
Each residential college requires a supplemental application within the Housing Application and Agreement. Specifics about these accommodations are available on the Housing & Residence Life website.
Hereford Residential College
Hereford Residential College opened in 1992 and is named in honor of Frank Hereford, former president of the University. The college is led by a Principal and supported by a director of studies and graduate coordinators of study. Approximately 20 faculty members and Charlottesville community leaders are selected each year as Fellows at Hereford. The program houses 60 first-year students and 140 upperclass students each year.
Hereford Residential College's two houses are located on Observatory Mountain (O-Hill) between Stadium and McCormick roads. Rooms open onto common hallways. Approximately 28 students live on each floor, sharing a common bathroom and two furnished lounges. One lounge is equipped with a sink and microwave. In general, rooms are double-occupancy for first-year students and single-occupancy for upperclass students.
Houses: Norris and Whyburn
Features: air conditioning, study lounges, meeting space at Vaughan House (the Principal’s residence), TV lounges, a dining hall, laundry facilities, a mailroom, and community kitchens
Brown Residential College
Monroe Hill opened in 1986 as the first modern residential college at the University (the Lawn was the original residential college). Now named Brown College at Monroe Hill in recognition of the endowment donated by the Brown family, the college is led by a Principal and a director of studies. In addition to two resident scholars, about 40 nonresident Faculty Fellows from many departments and schools of the University maintain close ties with the College.
Located on Central Grounds between Newcomb and McCormick roads, Brown Residential College consists of 12 buildings known as portals. Each portal has its own identity. Students create both a neighborhood and a home, infusing Brown College with their passions, talents, and energy.
Residential spaces consist of air-conditioned suites occupied by two students who share bath areas with members of the adjoining suite(s). There are 282 spaces assigned in 143 suites, with approximately 56 of the spaces reserved each year for first-year students. Tunnels located in the lower floors of the buildings offer a convenient means of connecting students, and provide access to on-site laundry facilities, study space, and two community lounges (one with a kitchen).
Houses: Davis, Gildersleeve, Harrison, Holmes, Long, Mallet, McGuffey, Peters, Rogers, Smith, Tucker, and Venable
Features: air conditioning, study lounge, kitchen, TV lounges, library, and laundry facilities
International Residential College
The International Residential College program is focused on international issues and experiences. This community of students and scholars from the United States and other nations learns together in a small residential setting. About 40 percent of the residents are from outside the United States.
Consisting of four houses, the IRC is located near the corner of Emmet Street and Sprigg Lane, across from Memorial Gym. A Principal provides overall leadership, and a director of studies and 20 Faculty Fellows from various academic departments are affiliated with the IRC.
This college consists of two types of housing. Munford and Gwathmey are two connected hallway-style buildings containing a total of 80 double and 56 single rooms. Lewis and Hoxton, located adjacent to Munford and Gwathmey, are suite-style and accommodate a total of 96 students in 26 double and 45 single rooms that open onto a common area. A kitchen is located on each floor of the four houses, with laundry rooms located in Munford and Gwathmey.
A total of 313 residents live in the IRC, 72 of whom are first-year students and 241 of whom are upperclass students.
Houses: Gwathmey, Munford, Lewis, and Hoxton
Features: air conditioning, study lounges, kitchens on each floor, TV lounges, and laundry facilities
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