2013-14 Theme House Selection
Theme Houses at Wheaton College are Residential Life communities comprised of undergraduate students. They apply to live together with a common purpose or passion and collaboratively share their theme with the larger Wheaton community. Through the diversity of their personal experiences and academic pursuits they strive to enrich both their own and their fellow students’ co-curricular and academic learning. They are an active and available resource raising awareness to the Wheaton Community.
Houses provide the residents the experience of more independent living: While the Honor Code and Residential Life Community Standards are still in effect, students practice more self-governance in a house environment. For example, some houses give residents the ability to cook for themselves with full kitchens, and in most cases students are expected to clean their living space with lessened housekeeping services.
There are three required components to apply for a Theme House:
- The Application – The application is available to download in the column to the right.
- Interview/Presentation – Each group will be required to schedule an interview. The beginning of the interview will require the group to do a 10 minute (maximum) presentation. Interviews will be scheduled online – a link will be e-mailed to your president after you submit your application.
- Recommendation of Advisor - Each Theme House is required to have an Advisor. The form is available to download in the column to the right.
Applications (due March 8, 2013 by 4pm) and Advisor Recommendation Forms (due March 15, 2013 by 5pm) should be submitted via e-mail to Ed Burnett.
A student/staff committee reviews the application materials and will make a recommendation to SGA and the Office of Residential Life on the groups to be offered Theme Houses.
- All members of the house must be in good academic and social standing. Screening will take place after your application has been submitted. Those who have concerns about their standing and how it may effect their application can submit to have their standing pre-screened or can e-mail Ed Burnett.
- To accept an offer for a house the group must be able to fill all available beds
- If you accept an offer for a house, your lottery numbers become inactive and you cannot participate in the room selection process
- No first semester students will be permitted to live in a Theme House
- If a vacancy arises within the house at any point after acceptance, the house is expected to fill that vacancy. Spaces that remain vacant can be filled by Residential Life.
All on-campus houses are eligible to host a Theme. Current Theme Houses that are invited to return will have the right of first refusal on their current house: the remaining spaces will be eligible for new house applicants.
It is difficult to know for certain exactly what spaces will be available. We suggest that the group focuses on the strength of their theme and the "key contributors" presenting a compelling case. Groups will be offered space based on the strength of their application, likelihood they can fill the house, and group preference.
For planning purposes know that our houses range in capacity from 4 to 13 beds. They are primarily single and double rooms (a couple of the larger houses each have one triple). More information on the process of being offered and accepting a house will be explained at the information sessions. The more flexibility a group has, the better the chances that we will be able to offer you a house.
Below are the buildings that could be considered for a Theme House. Depending on the quality of applications and those qualified groups ability to fill a space, some of these spaces may be available through the Suite & Apartment process or General Room Selection.
Existing Theme Houses have the first opportunity to re-apply and continue their theme. They are offered spaces on March 1st. The chart below reflects spaces that have been offered to Returning Theme Houses.
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