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Residential Commons

Colgate's housing program for first-years and sophomores supports students' academic and social transition to college by fostering a welcoming, enriching, and supportive community.
A picnic celebrating the birthday of Diane Ciccone ’74, P’10, the Ciccone Commons’ namesake. Final exam study break provisions in Ciccone Commons Valentine’s Day Eve party, featuring trivia, student bands — and a chocolate fountain From faculty dinners to apple picking to group discussions, commons events are opportunities to get to know your neighbors. Biology professor Engda Hagos pals around with a student at a student-faculty dinner event. “People are making friendships that will last throughout their college career.” - Jack Wallan ’19 Students form strong bonds in Drake Hall, part of Ciccone Commons. A picnic celebrating the birthday of Diane Ciccone ‘74, P’10, the Ciccone Commons’ namesake. Commons activities range from intellectual to social and recreational.

The Living-Learning Experience

Every first-year student will call one of the four commons home. Through membership in their commons, students engage with professors and each other in special recreational, social, and intellectual activities.


First-year students will indicate their housing preference as part of the incoming student “onboarding” process.

Through 2018-19, rising sophomores have the option to remain in their commons. Beginning in 2019-2020, all sophomores will also live in a commons.


Each commons staff includes faculty directors, a residence life staff adviser, and a student residential fellow who foster interactions and intellectual engagement, and provide direction and support.


Each Residential Commons offers an array of intellectual, recreational, and social activities. All programs are optional, and students can pick and choose events based on their interests, from trivia nights to thought-provoking group discussions, team-building activities to special outings. Recent examples:

Faculty Dinner Series
"What do we owe to the world? Responsibility to Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Communities" with Beth Parks (physics)
"How I Became Passionate About Music and Conducting" with Ryan Endris (music)

Art Fest
Student art exhibition and sales

The Colombian Peace Protest: A View from Up Close

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

Halloween soiree
Karaoke, costume contests, trivia, improv, music

Apple picking

"I love attending the faculty-led dinner discussions. These events allow students to get to know professors in a casual way."

"The community is vibrant; I can stroll into the common room and find many of my friends from around the building. People are making friendships that will last throughout their college career."

"Everyone gets so comfortable with each other that you say hi to people who you may not know well, but see throughout the building and at commons events."

The Four Commons


Curtis Hall and Drake Hall

East Hall, Andrews Hall, and Gate House

Bryan Complex

West Hall and Stillman Hall