Hereford Residential College: A Great Home for Transfer Students!

The following statement was written by Nancy Takahashi, ASLA, the Principal of Hereford College:
“If you are a transfer student and looking to join a vibrant residential community of 1st through 4th year students from across the university, take a look at Hereford Residential College.  Students choose Hereford because of its active programming and event offerings built around our themes of sustainability and cultural diversity.  We strive to create the exciting and bold new living/learning community that Jefferson envisioned in his original university.  Along with the 200 students who are a part of Hereford, we have a core of 40 faculty, grad student and community Fellows who are committed to engaging with students outside the classroom through dinners, field trips, and our wide array of short courses each semester.  As a new offering, Hereford sponsors undergraduate research grants for up to $2,000 to Hereford students who are interested in pursuing research on a self-devised topic with a faculty member of their choice.

Our spacious home on historic and spectacular Oberservatory Hill affords great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, whether playing soccer on our play fields, studying on our outdoor tables, tending vegetable and flower beds in our own minifarm garden, or relaxing on our popular “hammock’ terrace.  Hereford enjoys close proximity to two of the university’s main fitness and health centers (AFC/Aquatic Fitness Center and Slaughter Recreation Center), the football stadium, miles of scenic hiking and biking trails on Observatory Hill and beautiful Runk Hall, the best dining on Grounds.  Many of the science and engineering buildings on McCormick Road are also nearby and reachable by an easy walk or a quick bus ride, with buses arriving every ten minutes throughout the day.  Take a look at our community and calendar of events on our website,”


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