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First Year Housing Assignment Options and Process

If you look at the information on the Housing and Residence Life web page, you will see that there are several housing complexes that are exclusively for first year students:  Alderman Road, McCormick Road and Gooch-Dillard.  This is where most of you will be living next year.  Within these three complexes, the assignment process is random.  There is no first-come, first-served element to the process.  You cannot select which of these complexes you want to live in.  You are able to request a roommate and you can select whether you are interested in a double room or a single room.  If you select that you want a single room, you should know that there are a small number of “stairwell” single rooms in the McCormick Road complex, but almost all of the first year rooms available to you are in the Gooch-Dillard Complex.  This complex was constructed primarly with 6 single rooms in a suite with a common bathroom and a lounge.

In addition, as a first year student, you are also offered the choice to apply to live in one of three Residential College programs. Each of these programs are in complexes where 20% of the students are first year students and the rest of the community is made up of upperclass students.  Each of the three communities, Brown College, Hereford College and the International Residential College, have a focus that has been selected by the students living in the program.  Brown College focuses on creativity,  Hereford College focuses on sustainability and the International Residential College focuses on International Issues.  I’ll give you more information about the structure of the Residential Colleges in another posting.  Please also look at the photos and information available on the web page.

Residential College and Language House Applications due on Monday, Nov. 15

The first application deadline for the 2011-12 academic year is Monday, November 15th.  If you are a current student and are interested in living in a residential college or a Language House, please go to the web site of the college or house you wish to apply for and submit it before 5pm on Monday the 15th.  These applications have an earleir deadline because each community has it’s own membership committee that will review the applications and tell us which ones they will accept.  We need those decisions back from them before the December 1st deadline for general upperclass housing so that we can make space offers for these programs at the same time as offers are made to everyone who has applied to live on Grounds next year.  It is possible for you to apply to more than one program -and to receive more than one offer.

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, www.hereford.virginia.edu.”

The International Residential College

The International Residential College or “IRC” is a residential college program that is focused on international issues.  Too often, we hear comments that suggest that when people read the name, they automatically assume that this is the housing option for international students.  That is an unfortunate association with the name -although the University hasn’t found a better name to describe the program.  The goal is to provide a diverse and active community where global issues and concerns are discussed.  The current make up of the community is about 1/3 international students and 2/3 domestic students.  That ratio is the same in Hereford College.

I recommend that both as a first year student and as an incoming upperclass student that you give serious consideration to this housing option.  The location of the college, on Emmet street, next to the Alumni Association and across from the tennis courts, is close to everything.  The four buildings are very community focused – the first floor in Munford was originally constructed as women’s housing before the University was coed and has large lounge and classroom areas that are utilized extensively to support activities.  The IRC is a very active and involved community.  If you look at their web site you will see student created videos that have individual students describing what life has been like for them, as members of the community.  The activities describe will include very popular yoga classes, weekly discussions about world issues (“The Week that Was”), weekly community breakfasts and study abroad trips.  The community also features as many as 35 exchange students who are here each year.

For FY students, there is room in the community for 60 (out of a total population of approximately 280 students).  It is a community that you can join and remain a part of all 4 years.  The upperclass students can help you with your adjustment to the University in ways that only a peer who is a couple of steps ahead of you can.

The staff of the College are always eager to answer your questions about life in the community.