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Residential Commons

Colgate's living and learning program houses first-years and sophomores and supports students throughout their college years by fostering a welcoming, enriching, and supportive community.

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.

Membership

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.

Leaders

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.

Activities

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."
MOLLY LIEBERMAN ‘19

"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."
JACK WALLAN '19

"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."
RUPIKA CHAKRAVERTI '20

The Four Commons

CICCONE COMMONS


Curtis Hall and Drake Hall
BROWN COMMONS


East Hall, Andrews Hall, and Gate House
HANCOCK COMMONS


Bryan Complex
DART COLEGROVE COMMONS


West Hall and Stillman Hall