Special-Interest Houses

Special-interest houses are student-directed residential communities centered on academic and/or co-curricular interests. Students explore self-governance, engage in civic responsibility, share knowledge, and sponsor programs in support of a self-selected theme. Houses seek approval on a yearly basis to allow the program offerings to reflect the ever-changing interests of the students.  Please see the Room Selection website for information about how to join an existing special-interest house.  Or read the instructions to learn how to propose a new group.

2014-2015 Groups

America through the decades

Located in Keefe Hall, this house seeks to create an inclusive community that explores and celebrates the turbulent and exciting development of the American culture.   Members will learn about watershed events which molded the country, as well as foster their appreciation of these seminal moments through interactive activities.

H.O.L.A. (Heritage of Latin America)

This group on the 2nd floor of Ramer Hall promotes cross-cultural communication, develops leadership skills, and educates about the heritage of Latin America and Latinos in the United States.


The newly created International Affairs House is located at 225 Reeder St.  Residents of the house will focus discussions and programming on global issues.

Music Appreciation Floor

On the third floor of Ramer Hall,  the MAFia advocates the performance and appreciation of music in a substance-free environment.  Opportunities are created for students to perform, either solo or as small groups, and to support campus musical groups through involvement in or attendance at performances.  This group has been honored multiple times as the Outstanding Living Group at the Hoff Awards.
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TRAP (Tabletop and Roleplaying Appreciation pROGRAMS)

Located in Keefe Hall, this house provides an encouraging and supportive environment for people to learn new games and play old ones, taking advantage of all of the benefits that tabletop games provide. House goals include helping members to become quicker, more innovative thinkers and problem solvers that are more confident, creative, and social. The TRAP Floor is a substance-free floor.