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First-Year Communities

Through their first-year experience students learn to cope with the transition to college & grow into an independent adult.

Through the First-Year Experience, students will be provided an array of opportunities to develop personally and academically within their residential community. Students' first-year at DePauw is a pivotal time for their development, therefore all first-year students are placed in one of the six residence halls that aim to develop a common, inclusive and supportive experience. Our programs purpose is intentional, focusing on their transitions and providing the best resources and support for students as they acclimate to DePauw. Each residence community provides programmatic and community development opportunities in addition to peer support and mentoring.

Housing Options for First-Year Students

DePauw offers multiple housing environments for first-year students, and each community has unique advantages. Each residence hall community provides programmatic and community development opportunities in addition to peer support and mentoring. The common spaces and building environments have gathering spaces that allow for community to form among our first-year students. Here is some brief information about our first-year residence halls:

  • Bishop Roberts, College Street, Hogate, Humbert, and Longden Halls are located in the South Quad. Bishop Roberts, Hogate, Humbert and Longden Halls are larger residence halls, home to between 110-145 students each. Most rooms in these South Quad residence halls are double occupancy rooms, but room size can range from single occupancy to four-person rooms. Hogate Hall has a number of double and single occupancy rooms grouped together in clusters of two doubles and two singles throughout the residential community. College Street Hall is our smaller residence hall, housing just under 50 students in double occupancy rooms.

  • Lucy Rowland Hall is located in Ubben Quad and is a larger residence hall, home to a little over 100 students who reside in double and single occupancy rooms. Ubben Quad is located across from the Memorial Student Union Building.

Healthy Living Communities

Within our First-Year Residence Halls, we have some areas designated as Healthy Living Communities. These communities support healthy life choices and the academic mission of the University. Students who choose to live in these environments are committing to a lifestyle that refrains from the use or secondary impacts of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs within their residential environment, recognizing the impact it has on both individuals and community goals. Our goal is that these Healthy Living Communities provide students an environment with this supportive of their individual and collective choices. Some outcomes of being part of a Healthy Living Community are as follows:

  • An environment that is free of substances that impact academic experiences and is conducive for intellectual engagement.

  • An environment that specific resources, programs and events support healthy life choices.

  • An environment that is free from the impact and secondary effects of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.

  • An environment that is quiet, yet provides intentional opportunities for social and interpersonal connections.

  • An environment that is self-governed and where students are empowered to address behaviors of peers.

To learn more about the first-year residence hall options for incoming and current students, please refer to the links at the left.


Additional Links & Resources

To learn more about the First-Year Experience program, please visit the First-Year Experience webpage.