House Life

Application Tips

Tips from the House Deans:

  1. Read carefully as deadlines count. Follow all important timeline information as instructed by the individual programs and Residential Services.
  2. Meet Criteria. Pick programs where you meet the stated criteria for the program. For example, if you need a background in music and you are a novice, then you don't meet the criteria for that particular program. 
  3. Plan with Roommates. Make sure all of your roommates apply for the same program(s). Remember, you get a first and second choice. All roommates need to match up.
  4. Be authentic. Be honest and pick programs that interest you. Don't apply if you're only interested in a room type or House.
  5. Showcase interest with your essay. Focus on the program of choice in your essay, what you would bring to the program, and do not make it about the House. If listing two choices, write completely different essays for each choice. For example, Arts House in Harnwell is different than The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC).

Speaking of the Application Essay:

Essay Tip: The general essay prompt for all Residential Program applicants is as follows:

Please address the following questions (maximum is 500 words): 1.) Why are you interested in joining this Residential Program?; 2.) What would your involvement bring to this program’s overall experience?; 3.) How have you participated in your current House community?; and 4.) If you have a specific bedroom, roommate pairing, or neighbor preferences, please list them.

Essay Tip: Be sure to visit the pages for the following programs who have additional requirements to apply:

  • Gregory/Film CultureNo essay; apply to Gregory in the Four-Year House process and fill out a room preference form
  • Gregory/Modern Languages: No essay; apply to Gregory in the Four-Year House process and fill out a room preference form
  • Harnwell/Arts House: Recommends additional participation in an audition or interview
  • Harrison/Integrated Living Program: Cover in the essay how you will be an asset to the community and what you hope to gain from the program
  • Harrison/Front Row Theatre and the Arts: Cover in the essay your current involvement with Front Row or other theatre groups on campus
  • Harrison/Cinema in Residence: Instead of essay prompt, complete a 4-5 paragrpah movie review for a movie that you belive should be included in Harrison's Cinema in Residence syllabus
  • Rodin/Balanced Living Community: Apply to the program titled "Wellness Community" when filling out your application

If not listed, then there are no requirements other then the general essay prompt. For a complete list of available Residential Programs, visit our list here.