The University requires first-years to live on Grounds in order to welcome them into a community of learners and to provide opportunities for faculty and students to interact in meaningful ways outside the classroom. By living together, all entering students share experiences with other first-year students.
A living environment composed of individuals from different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds allows for students to develop the art of persuasion and negotiation, problem-solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.
The first-year residential experience begins with Summer Orientation and continues throughout the year, including opportunities for academic advising; self-governance; educational, cultural, and social programs; and special programs such as the First-Year Seminar and Professor’s Picks.
Student members of the Resident Staff, more than 245 in total, facilitate the first-year experience and provide leadership in all of the University's residence halls. (See Resident Staff Program.)