Themed Living Areas
Carnegie Mellon University offers a number of themed living areas for incoming first-year students. Some are by invitation only, while others are open to all incoming residents who are selected based on their response to an essay question and other application criteria.
Explore some of the themed options below:
Location: Henderson House
Open to: Any incoming first-year student interested in a wellness-focused and substance-free lifestyle
Eligibility criteria: Residents for this area are selected based on their response to an essay question that is asked on the First-Year housing application. Residents who apply for this program should also rank Henderson as their top housing community choice.
Description: The objective of the Wellness House in Henderson is to add a holistic health promotion model to the traditional residence hall setting. The wellness housing program is student-driven in all of its programmatic initiatives.
Participants who apply and are accepted into the program agree to the following:
- Commit to a wellness-focused community environment
- Participate in health education initiatives provided in Henderson and elsewhere on campus
- Assist staff in evaluating the health promotion efforts of the program and make suggestions to further promote wellness strategies for the campus and Henderson community
- Abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs as a part of a healthy lifestyle
Leadership and Global Studies
Location: Boss House
Open to: Any first-year student
Eligibility criteria: Residents for the Leadership and Global Studies residential cluster are selected based on their response to an essay question that is asked as part of the First-Year housing application. Residents who apply for this program should also rank Boss as their top housing community choice.
Description: Leadership and Global Studies is a living learning community for first-year students interested in developing their own leadership capacities and maximizing their impact on campus and the Pittsburgh community early in their college career. This community seeks to explore leadership concepts, their interconnectedness and their impact on how we live our lives.
Quantitative Social Science Scholar (QSSS)
Open to: First-year students admitted into the academic program
Eligibility criteria: First-year students who are admitted into the QSSS program are strongly encouraged to sign up for this residential housing option. Admitted students should select the QSSS option from the Academic Living-Learning Community page of the First-Year Application and should also rank Mudge and Stever as their top two building choices.
Description: This living learning community allows students in the QSSS to extend their classroom activities in a social setting with their peers.
Science and Humanities Scholars Programs (SHS)
Location: Stever House
Open to: By invitation only — students must be invited to participant in the SHS program through the admissions process
Eligibility criteria: All students who are invited are eligible to live in the SHS cluster. Invited students should select the SHS option from the Academic Living-Learning Community page of the First-Year Housing Application and rank Stever as their first building preference.
Description: The SHS initiative capitalizes on the talents and interests of SHS students, intensifying their learning experiences while allowing them to build a strong residential college community. Activities include informal gatherings with faculty and staff, discussions that bridge the sciences and humanities, volunteer service opportunities, and meetings geared to help students define and work toward their professional goals.
Humanities Scholars Program (HSP)
Open to: Students invited to participate in HSP through the admissions process
Eligibility criteria: All invited students are eligible to live in the HSP cluster. Invited students should select the HSP option from the Academic Living-Learning Community page of the First-Year Housing Application and rank Stever and Mudge as their first two building preferences.
Description: The HSP program is an opportunity for Humanities Scholars to extend their classroom activities in a social setting with their peers, providing academic and social support in and out of the classroom. Activities will include informal dinners with faculty, excursions to local cultural sites and events, guest lectures, films and discussions of issues related to the core humanities curriculum.
BXA Interdisciplinary Degree Program
Location: Stever House
Open to: Students admitted into a BXA dual-degree program through the admissions process
Eligibility criteria: All students who are admitted into a BXA program. Admitted students should rank Stever House as their first building preference and email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you're interested in living in the cluster.
Description: This living learning community allows students in the BXA Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to extend their classroom activities in a social setting with their peers. Collectively the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA), Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA), and Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) programs are grouped under the single heading of BXA Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.
Open to: All first-year students
Eligibility criteria: Any incoming first-year student is eligible to request quiet living options. Students requesting this option should rank Mudge, Residence on Fifth, and Scobell as their top building preferences. Quiet living areas are filled by request in order of the admissions deposit date until the quiet living areas are filled. Residents who are requesting a specific roommate should make sure that their roommate also requests quiet living.
Description: Quiet living communities offer students a formal, concentrated quiet environment. All residents who request quiet living are required to abide by the 24-hour quiet hours policy that is enforced in all quiet living areas.
Gender Inclusive Housing
Carnegie Mellon University strives to make on-campus housing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for all students. The Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) option allows students to live in the same room with any other student regardless of sex, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. GIH is a voluntary option and is open to any student, but specifically designed for students who are LGBTQ, non-binary, those exploring gender identity, and allies. Gender Inclusive Housing will be available to a limited number of incoming first year students. For 2016-2017, this Gender Inclusive Housing community will reside in Morewood Gardens.
This housing option is not available on the first-year housing application. If you are interested in living in gender inclusive housing, please express your interest by contacting Ashley Grice at email@example.com.