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. Please note: some areas such as wellness or substance-free may require students to sign an additional Community Standards document.

Common Interest Areas

    • Female and Non-Binary Housing (All Students) – 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.
    • First Generation (All Students) – 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.
    • May Fellows / Beard (Returning Students Only) – 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.
    • Quiet Study (All Students) – Residents of Quiet Study housing agree to abide by a 24-hour study environment, which includes extended quiet and courtesy hours.
    • Suites (Returning Students Only)– 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.
    • Substance-Free (All Students) – Previously known as “wellness,” Substance-Free housing residents commit to abstain from e-cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
    • Wheaton Wellness Program (All Students) –“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 explores how the different dimensions (Academic/Professional, Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Physical, Social and Spiritual) of a student’s well-being contributes to their quality of life.

*Each year, the halls/floors that are identified as a CIC space can change based on the number of qualified applications.  To the best of our ability, we want every student who qualifies to have the opportunity to live in a CIC.


Residents must indicate interest and/or apply for the opportunity to live in a CIC space.  A resident must meet qualifications specific to the community, and in some instances residents may be required to complete and application process.

For returning students applications will be available during the Room Selection process that takes place in April.

For new students applications will be available in the months prior to your first semester at Wheaton.