Common Interest Communities (CICs)* are residential areas that have unique focuses apart from our traditional halls. To live in one of these areas, students simply must commit and/or qualify to those focuses. Each year, the halls/floors that are identified as any CIC space can change based on housing demand. Students must indicate interest and/or apply to live in a CIC space before general room selection in April. Please note: some areas such as wellness or substance-free may require students to sign an additional Community Standards document.
*Formerly known as Special Interest Housing
Common Interest Areas
- May Fellows / Beard – Beard Hall hosts the May Fellows Living Learning Community and expands the educational experience beyond the classroom. This integrated community provides dynamic opportunities for faculty, students, staff, and community members to interact through co-curricular programming. Residents also design and participate in hall activities.
- Wheaton Wellness Program – “Wellness” is more than merely an abstinence from substances. It is the intersection of both physical and mental aspects of an individual’s life. This community will explore how the different dimensions (Academic/Professional, Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Physical, Social and Spiritual) of their well-being contribute to their quality of life.
- Substance-Free – Previously known as “wellness,” Substance-Free housing residents commit to abstain from e-cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
- Female and Non-Binary Housing – Housing for interested students who identify on the female to non-binary spectrum may elect to live in a specific building or floor with other self-identified individuals on the same spectrum. Other genders are still allowed to visit the spaces and use facilities, but cannot live on the floor for a long-term basis.
- Quiet Study – Residents of Quiet Study housing agree to abide by a 24-hour study environment, which includes extended quiet and courtesy hours.
- First Generation – Brave, Bold & First Living Learning Community is an intentional floor for first-generation students, those who are first in their family or within their community to attend college. It provides leadership development and peer mentoring opportunities for Wheaton students designed to accelerate their personal and academic success.
- Suites – The suites offer a different experience for returning students to live with fellow students in a shared environment. Usually comprised of 5 to 6 students, the rooms of each suite have a shared common space and provide double and single rooms for each occupant.