First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience residential communities play an integral part in first-year students' personal and academic transformation. Each year, we welcome a first-year class of about 1350 students. Each student belongs to one of our four smaller residential communities: Cedar-Magnolia, Clarke, Juniper, or Mistletoe.

Cedar-Magnolia Residential Community

Community Buildings: Cutler House, Hitchcock House, Pierce House, Storrs House

Physical Space & Amenities: Cedar-Magnolia residence halls are considered quad-style living because there are four clusters of single and double rooms on each floor. Each quad shares a bathroom with 5-9 other students. Each building has a first floor lounge with a TV, gaming tables (pool, ping pong, and/or foosball), pianos, and full kitchens; lounges on each floor; access to kitchenettes; laundry rooms with free services and online monitoring system; indoor bike storage; and vending machines.

The Gender Inclusive Housing option for first-year students is available in Cutler. For more information on this community, visit the University Housing website.

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Clarke Residential Community

Community Buildings: Clarke Tower

Physical Space & Amenities: First-year students and second-year students occupy the first ten residential floors of Clarke Tower; this building is considered suite-style because eight students in a combination of single and double rooms share a bathroom and kitchenette. The building has a first floor lounge with a TV, gaming table (pool, ping pong, or foosball), piano, and full kitchen; study rooms on each floor; lounges on each floor with kitchenette; laundry rooms with free services and online monitoring system; indoor bike storage; and vending machines.

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Mistletoe Residential Community

Community Buildings: Norton House, Raymond House, Sherman House, Tyler House

Physical Space & Amenities: The four Mistletoe buildings are considered corridor-style living because there is one, continuous corridor connecting the student rooms on each floor. Both single and double rooms are available on each floor. Each building has a first floor lounge with a TV, gaming table (pool, ping pong, or foosball), piano, and full kitchen; study rooms on each floor; lounges on each floor with kitchenette; laundry rooms with free services and online monitoring system; indoor bike storage; and vending machines.

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Juniper Residential Community

Community Buildings: Cutter House, Smith House, Taft House, Taplin House

Physical Space & Amenities: The four Juniper buildings are considered corridor-style living because there is one, continuous corridor connecting the student rooms on each floor. Both single and double rooms are available on each floor. Each building has a first floor lounge with a TV, gaming tables (pool, ping pong, and/or foosball), pianos, and full kitchens; lounges on each floor with kitchenette; laundry rooms with free services and online monitoring system; indoor bike storage; and vending machines.

See all First-Year Experience Residence Hall Tour videos here.