House Life

Applying to Residential Programs

One of the greatest benefits of the College House program is the opportunity to live with students and faculty who share a passion for a particular subject. The Residential Programs are living environments that provide such an opportunity.Membership in a Residential Program is completely voluntary and requires a special application process — most often an essay and perhaps House-specific requirements.

Information for upperclass students interested in Residential Programs:

Residential Programs applications for upperclassmen will be accepted January 15, 2015 at 9am – January 20, 2015 at 5pm, at MyHomeAtPenn

Available residential program options:

  • Four Year College Houses:  Du Bois House, Gregory House (includes Modern Languages and Film Culture), and Stouffer House 
  • Harnwell House Programs: Ancient Studies, Arts House, East Asia Program, Franklin Community, International Program, and Latin American Program
  • Harrison House Programs: Front Row Theatre and the Arts, Integrated Living Program, and Freshman Experience (FreshX)
  • Rodin House Programs: The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC), Jewish Cultural Studies, and Leadership Residential Program
  • Kings Court English House Programs: Biosphere, Perspectives in the Humanities, Science & Tecnology Wing (STWing), and Women in Computer Science 

Check out the following Open Houses to learn more about the program and to speak to current participants in person:

  • Harrison House Programs:  Wednesday January 14 at 7pm in the Harrison Sky Lounge
  • Gregory House:  Wednesday January 14 at 8pm in the Van Pelt Cinema
  • Kings Court English House Programs:  Thursday, January 15 at 8pm in the Kings Court Class of 1938 Lounge
  • Rodin House Programs:  Thursday, January 15 at 9pm in the Rodin Rooftop Lounge
  • Harnwell House Programs (Ancient Studies & Arts House):  Sunday, January 18 at 1pm in the Harnwell Rooftop Lounge
  • Harnwell House Programs (East Asia, International, and Latin American):  Sunday, January 18 at 2pm in the Harnwell Rooftop Lounge

Application reminders:

  • Don’t forget to apply from your MyHomeAtPenn portal from January 15, 2015 at 9am through January 20, 2015 at 5pm
  • You are welcome to apply with roommates or as an individual
  • Visit the Residential Services website for general application instructions
  • Be sure to check out each House website for additional details and selection requirements

Information for incoming freshman interested in Residential Programs:

Freshman applications for Residential Programs must be made through the online Housing Application. Incoming freshmen may list up to two preferences and these will be considered your top choices(s). Most of the Residential Programs require an essay at the time of application. The exceptions are the programs in Hill and Du Bois College Houses and the Film program in Gregory College House. Your essay should describe your present interests and activities related to the Program, the contributions you expect to make, and the benefits you hope to derive from community membership. Applicants' essays for the Modern Languages Residential Program should describe formal and informal language experience. Your essay should be no longer than 500 words. These essays are reviewed by the House Dean for acceptance into the Program and room assignment. The types of rooms available to freshmen are limited. While your preference will be considered, if accepted into a Program you will be assigned to any available space.

Huntsman Integrated Studies Program Freshmen enrolled in the Huntsman Program for International Studies and Business are required to select the Huntsman Program as their first housing preference. Similarly, Benjamin Franklin Scholars must request the Integrated Studies Program as their first housing preference. As residency is required for both programs, no Residential Program essay is needed.

For more details about the application process, click here.

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