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.

Beard Hall hosts the May Fellows Living Learning Community. This integrated ‘Living Learning Community (LLC)’ enhances the residential experience by providing dynamic opportunities for faculty, students, staff and community members to interact through co-curricular programming.  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.

2018-2019 Living Learning Community Theme

The LLC theme for the 2018-2019 academic year will be The New Normal, and the topic for the colloquium will be “What is Normal?”. Related programming might touch on ideas like abnormal psychology, political normalization, gender norms, changing social norms over time, distopias, etc. Events could include movie screenings, mini lectures, book clubs, coffee hours, etc.  We encourage residents to contribute ideas for programs related to the theme.

Applying to Live in Beard Hall

Beard Hall is primarily home to May Fellows. May Fellows must apply to live in Beard Hall and placement is not guaranteed. Those students wishing to live in Beard, but are not May Fellows must be sponsored as a roommate by a current May Fellow. Both roommates must agree to the community standards.  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. Once accepted, students will have to indicate their commitment to the Beard Hall community standards by signing a contract. The basic obligations are to behave respectfully, to participate in LLC events, and to complete a self evaluation once a semester.

All applications will be reviewed by the May Fellows Advisory Board.

*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

  1. Who are May Fellows?  Select first-year students are invited to join the May Fellows Program. This academic program focuses on helping high-achieving students thrive academically, connect socially, and engage deeply in the Wheaton community through co-curricular and residential-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.
  2. What activities and programs will be held in Beard Hall? The activities and programs held in Beard Hall depend on the desires of the residents and a chosen annual theme, which corresponds with the Colloquium topic. That said, some possibilities include: film viewings and discussions, regular teas and brunches, professor-led discussions, special Beard-based Flash Seminars, community-service activities, and so forth.
  3. 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. All students are expected to attend or participate in programs and self-evaluate their involvement in the community.
  4. Will May Fellows get priority in the housing 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.
  5. 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. Housing preference is given to May Fellows.
  6. 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.
  7. How are rooms assigned? Rooms will be assigned via lottery. Students will receive an e-mail with a lottery date and time of the Beard Hall room sign-in. Lottery times for Beard will follow the traditional housing selection process — rising seniors will receive a higher lottery number and will choose first, followed by rising juniors, then rising sophomores. Students accepted into the community are not guaranteed to have a space available but may choose from any room left in Beard upon their assigned lottery time.
  8. 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. Students with more favorable lottery numbers will have a better chance of securing a single.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Bridget Lewis.

Questions regarding the Beard lottery or room selection process should be directed to Residential Life