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Geneseo currently has five residential college houses: Dante House, Writers House, EcoHouse, Tesla House, and the Nassau Hall Arts Community. 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. Each community has Fellows (faculty, staff, or community members) that 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.
Geneseo hopes to grow the residential college house system through student input and interest. Although the above 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 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.
Tesla House and the Nassau Hall Arts Community. These two communities have different application requirements (or no application requirements) than the Residential College Houses, but provide unique programming and engagement opportunities for their residents around each central theme.
Tesla House provides 60 places in Monroe Hall are reserved for first years who intend to major in Geological Sciences, Physics, or Early Childhood Education. We want to engage the community in topics outside of the classroom and as we explore science in light of ethical-decision making, creative expression, and social responsibility.
Nassau Hall is a community of students who have an interest in the Fine Arts and Performing Arts. NH residents engage in the arts in a variety of ways: decorating Nassau Hall itself, organizing dance and music events, running workshops from ballroom dance to knitting, collaborating with faculty, and much more. There is no application process for Nassau and it open to all years. Come and explore your artistic side with us in Nassau!
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.
Please contact the Dean of Residential Living if you would like to work on the expansion of the RC house system.