Residential College Houses
Dante House, Writers House, and EcoHouse
Geneseo currently has three residential college houses: Dante House, Writers House, and EcoHouse. Students apply to live in RC houses because they want to live in a tight-knit community and share common interests. RC students have regular "house dinners" together in a private dining room in one of the dining halls. Faculty and staff "fellows" visit with students frequently, providing a great opportunity to extend connections beyond the classroom. Residents in each house actively plan events together and set community standards for the house.
Please click on the links for more information about each house. Interested students may apply to live in any of the houses, but should indicate their preference on their applications.
Dante House is a house for first-year students only. Every Fall semester, about 1/3 of the 100 spaces are saved for first-year Edgar Fellows. About 1/3 are reserved for new, first-year international students. And about 1/3 of the residents of Dante House apply for the house because they want an environment that sustains interest in global ideas and service while providing a supportive space for students who want to study together in a smaller, quieter residence hall.
Writers House is a community of students from all class years. WH residents share an interest in and commitment to writing--whether creative writing, journalism, song-writing, or blogging. WH residents come from all majors.
EcoHouse provides a space for students who are interested in issues of sustainability and social justice to live together. Because the house just opened in Fall 2010, residents will have the opportunity to create EcoHouse traditions and to find a way for their collective "sustainabilty and social justice" brain trust to help Geneseo grow as an environmentally-friendly college. EH residents come from all majors.
Because space is limited in each house, residents hold each other to high standards. Residents who do not share the values of their communities may be asked to move to another residence. But if you enjoy Writers House or EcoHouse, you may "homestead" in your house for multiple years.
"right for me" campaign
In an effort to portray life in our Residential College Houses as accurately as possible, we talked to students who reside in these communities. They generously agreed to share their stories with you; you can read them by visiting our "Right For Me" campaign web page. As you think about where you might want to live at Geneseo, we encourage you to consider whether any of these communities would be right for you.
Future Rc houses
Geneseo hopes to grow the residential college house system through student input and interest. Although Writers House and EcoHouse are definitely interest-affinity residences, we are not looking for "theme houses," per se. RC houses are distinguished by the community they create and the welcoming environment encouraged by residents' interactions with faculty and staff fellows.
Please contact the Dean of Residential Living if you would like to work on the expansion of the RC house system.