Beard Hall & the May Fellows Residential Program
Beard Hall is an intellectually vibrant and diverse residential community that expands the educational experience beyond the classroom.
This integrated living-learning program strives to enhance the residential experience by providing dynamic opportunities for faculty, students, staff and community members to interact through informal events. Residents of the hall are expected to design and participate in hall activities. Through these activities, residents find ways to enrich the Beard Hall experience for themselves and others.
Beginning in the Fall of 2012, Beard Hall has hosted the May Fellows Residential Program. This residential program will serve as a living-learning option for intellectually curious and academically engaged students who are already May Fellows, and are interested in further integrating their social and intellectual lives through a residential component.
Students who are not May Fellows are also eligible to apply to live in Beard Hall.
Applying to Live in Beard Hall
If you would benefit from and be willing to contribute to this community, you must apply. Applicants should describe their interest in, and willingness to contribute to, the environment of the Hall. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated academic engagement and success.
All applications will be reviewed by the Beard Hall and May Fellows selection committee.
*Mid-Year applications (including Spring semester applications) are contingent on available space. If you are accepted mid-year, you are eligible to live in Beard, but it does not guarantee that a space will be available for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who are May Fellows?
Beginning with the Class of 2015, select first-year students were invited to join the May Fellows Program. This program focuses on helping high-achieving students thrive academically, connect socially, and engage deeply in the Wheaton community through co-curricular and residentially-based learning opportunities. May Fellows need not live in Beard Hall to maintain their connection to the program, but they are expected to participate regularly in May Fellows programming.
- What activities and programs will be held in Beard Hall?
The activities and programs held in Beard Hall will depend on the desires of the residents. That said, some possibilities include: film viewings and discussions, regular teas, professor-led discussions, special Beard-based Flash Seminars, community-service activities, and so forth.
- What are the requirements? What will I be expected to do?
Beard Hall residents are expected to foster an intellectually vibrant and diverse residential community; however, the level of each student’s involvement will likely vary. At the minimum, all students are expected to attend or participate in three programs per semester. Students who wish for significant involvement can join the Beard Hall Programming Board, which, in conjunction with the Faculty-in-Residence and Residential Advisors, will oversee and implement programming in the residential hall. Residents who do not wish to join that Programming Board will still be solicited for ideas and suggestions on programming, as well as assistance on individual programs.
- Will there be any specific community standards in Beard (i.e. Quiet Hours, Wellness, etc)?
The community standards in Beard Hall will be the same as the other traditional Residence Halls/House. Quiet hours will be observed weekday nights starting at 10pm and weekend nights starting at 12 midnight (including 24 hours courtesy hours).
- What are my chances of being accepted to live in Beard?
It is difficult to predict the number of applications that will be received. Students who demonstrate significant interest in intellectual engagement inside and outside the classroom and translate that interest into the application have a good chance of being chosen to live in Beard.
- Will May Fellows get priority in the selection process?
Since the May Fellows Program will be housed at Beard Hall, attention will be given to creating a cohort of May Fellows. It is difficult to predict the number and nature of applications, but space will be reserved for all students and all class years. We encouraged everyone interested in the program to apply.
- What is the committee looking for in an applicant?
Ideal candidates will have demonstrated past academic engagement and success. Moreover, their applications will showcase a clear desire for more substantial intellectual engagement in a residential setting. Since the central goal of Beard Hall is to host an intellectually vibrant and diverse residential community, the committee seeks to build a community that includes a variety of academic majors, intellectual interests, and extracurricular activities.
- Do I have to apply each year?
Yes. Students must apply to live in Beard Hall on a yearly basis. One factor for consideration in a student’s re-application will be his or her engagement in residential activities in the current or previous year.
- How are rooms assigned?
Rooms will be assigned via lottery. Students accepted into the program will be guaranteed to have a space available. Subsequently you will receive a second e-mail with your lottery number, date, time, and location of the Beard Hall room sign-in. Based on your lottery number, you will be able to select any available room.
- What are the chances of getting a single?
Beard Hall consists of 26 double rooms and 54 single rooms (with 3 singles reserved for Resident Advisors). Accordingly, roughly one-third of residents will live in singles, and students with more favorable lottery numbers will have a better chance of securing a single.
Questions regarding the Beard lottery or room selection process should be directed to Ed Burnett.