In 2007, we started a residential program for students who would benefit from living on campus. For these students, the added structure and intensive academic support have had a significant impact.
Students think of the residence hall as their “home away from home” and their fellow boarders, student resident advisors and resident faculty as part of their extended families. Two students share a room, and each evening all students gather in the lounges for evening study sessions and a variety of activities, from house meetings to movies, game nights, community service and special celebrations.
Each wing or “house” is staffed by a Residential Faculty Advisor who tutors students who need the additional attention outside of school hours, teaches appropriate independent living skills, creates opportunities to explore new interests, encourages participation in extracurricular activities, and helps students to explore summer internship and job opportunities.
In 2010, we expanded the program from five days only to a seven-day-a-week option. The weekend program provides additional academic support as well as structured activities that build on a positive, family-like atmosphere that encourages success.