2015-16 Theme House Selection
If you are looking to live in an existing house, please click here. If you want to apply for a new house, please read on.
New applicants should be aware that current houses have the first opportunity to re-apply. Offers to existing houses are made on March 2nd and available houses will be update here.
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.
A student/staff committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to SGA and the Office of Residential Life on which groups are to be offered Theme Houses. The committee’s decision is based on:
- The Application – The application is available online. Within the application you will be required to provide a mission/description of your proposed theme, a Community Involvement Plan, a House Constitution, and Personal Statements from each member. Detailed requirements for each are found within the application.
- Recommendation of Advisor - Each Theme House is required to have an advisor. A recommendation form is available online. Your advisor should complete the form and e-mail it directly to Ed Burnett.
- Interview/Presentation – Based on the strength of your application and support from your advisor, groups will be offered an interview. The group will be required to do a 10 minute (maximum) presentation about their proposed house. There are no specific guidelines or requirements, only that the presentation is your opportunity to elaborate on the materials provided in the application and should communicate the passion your group has for this proposal. Interviews will be scheduled online – a link will be e-mailed to the president after you submit your application.
Applications and Advisor Recommendation Forms (due February 27, 2015 by 4pm) should be submitted via e-mail to Ed Burnett.
- All members of the house must be in good academic (not currently on Academic Suspension) and social standing (having no Student Conduct violations that have resulted in either probation or suspension). Those who have concerns about their standing 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.