Your College Choices – Part 3: Residential Colleges

A residential college is much more than just a university with campus housing. It’s a college where students’ day-to-day living is part of their educational experience. The colleges where students reside organize lectures and other learning experiences in addition to social events. This style of living is meant to provide students with a strong sense of community, a chance to interact with a wide range of other students, and the opportunity to develop close relationships with faculty. Only a small number of US colleges offer a true residential option. They include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury, the University of Virginia, Rice University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University. Pluses: A close community that leads to life-long friendships. A stimulating and integrated learning and living environment. Minuses: Communities may be too close-knit for some tastes. Limited living, dining, and entertainment choices. May be expensive.
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