The Residential College
The Residential College at the Paulson Center - our newest residence hall - is home to over 400 new first-year residents, 15 Resident Assistants (RAs), two Faculty-Fellows-in-Residence (FFIRs), six Faculty Affiliates (FAs), and two residential life professional staff members.
Starting in Fall 2023, this living and learning community will be divided into two residential colleges with 6 themed houses. First-year students will be sorted into houses based on their preference(s) and academic schedule. And, unlike other residence halls, if you live in the Residential College at the Paulson Center, one of your first year classes will be exclusively filled with other students living in the residence hall.
The Residential College provides unique & exciting opportunities for residents to engage with one another and faculty and staff at the university to create a greater sense of connection and belonging. Some of the programming that will be offered exclusively to Residential College residents include:
- House Mixers
- Reception with Faculty & Staff Leadership
- Leadership retreats & workshops
- Dinners with Deans
Additionally, programs that are offered across the FYRE halls will be a part of the experience including a FYRE Scavenger Hunt, What to Expect Your First Semester of College, Clean Week, Heart Your Parts, Study Away Dinner Series, and more.
All members of the Residential College team are here to provide and maintain a vibrant and welcoming community. Our residents are encouraged to join Hall Council as an elected representative, or serve as a Floor Representative to the Council. The Paulson Center Residence Hall has many lounges and study spaces for students to gather and network. To learn more about the amenities and the hall itself, please see the Paulson Center Residence Hall page.
If you have any questions regarding the Residential College, please email Kerri Smith, Associate Director for Faculty Programs at email@example.com.
What are the "Houses?"
The Residential College at the Paulson Center residence hall has six topical “houses” uniting groups of first-year students sharing interest in a particular theme. Each house is led by one of the Faculty Affiliates and Resident Assistants. The houses are dedicated to helping first-year students explore these content areas in engaging and meaningful ways through exciting trips, speakers, discussions and other excursions throughout the city.
While first-year students will be officially aligned with a primary house, they are welcome to participate in other house events whenever possible. House members will not be placed on any particular floor, but rather will be dispersed throughout the building – allowing residents to get to know a lot more people in the community than just those on their floor. Learn more about each building’s unique houses by clicking on the links below!
Arts & Culture House
The Arts and Culture House will focus on encouraging residents to cultivate, collaborate and further develop their relationship with art and the learning of the ever-expansive culture that exists around us. As residents of New York City, students will have the opportunity to explore a city full of diverse experiences through its manifold artistic expressions (e.g., film, theater, museum exhibits, and the culinary arts). Residents will simultaneously deepen their knowledge of its various communities and learn to think about urban experience as a socially and culturally embedded phenomenon. Special emphasis will be placed on how urban experience and artistic representation can prompt us to become more critical and informed citizens of New York—and the world.
Global Connections House
The Global Connections House will focus on what it means to be a citizen, including how students can contribute to NYU, NYC, and the world. This community encourages residents to adopt a lens of international and intercultural perspectives by fostering relationships with one another through meaningful exchanges and interactions. Through the emphasis on interconnectedness, residents will also explore how international relations play out in our current world with its social and political climate. This house calls for those who are interested in engaging with cultures and welcome perspectives that may vary from their own.
Big City, Small Footprint House
The Big City, Small Footprint House will focus on natural science, the environment, and climate change. Residents within this community are passionate about living in a space that centers its discussion about the natural world, specifically unification, collaboration, social justice, and sustainability. This house will give residents the opportunity to learn about and discuss how innovative ideas and impassioned activism lead to sustainable solutions in New York City and beyond. It is designed as a space for residents to be able to further explore how we can consciously move forward in intentionally interacting with the planet as human beings.
Innovation & Technology House
The Innovation & Technology House promotes residents’ curiosity on topics related to game/computer design, virtual reality, biology, and chemistry. This house will be a space where residents can come together to appreciate, question, and further explore advancements in science and technology through a social and cultural lens. Topics such as the side effects of a global pandemic, and the rise of social media in its consumption of our daily lives, will allow residents to also reflect on concepts such as safety in the digital age. This discourse will not stop at science and technology, but also study their interface with law, business, and economics.
Body, Mind & Self House
The Body, Mind, and Self House will focus on building a community where residents will be able to explore ways in which you can practice self-care in relation to physical, mental and emotional well-being. Residents will be encouraged to develop their own ideas surrounding what “healthy living,” looks like to them, and how they aim to adopt this definition into their lives as young adults, as college students, and as members of NYU. This community strives to help residents develop new tools, skills, mindsets and practices that they can incorporate into their everyday lives.
Social Justice House
The Social Justice House will focus on discussions around global diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility. Residents will work to develop a space in which they feel empowered to have conversations regarding the political and social happenings of the world. This House will work to enhance cross-cultural understanding through taking a deeper look at injustices that take place in New York City and globally. Residents will be encouraged to take more active roles within civic engagement, and collaboratively engage in solution-based dialogue about ways that they can better tackle the realities of inequality and injustice around the world.
How do I apply for the Residential College?
In order to apply, you will complete the Themed Engagement Community section of the 2023-2024 first-year housing application in the housing portal via NYU Home. You will be able to list up to 4 preferences for the houses and be asked to provide a short essay sharing what you would contribute to the houses or communities you listed in your application.
Please note: the Paulson Center residence hall will not appear as a residence hall preference in the Fall 2023 First Year housing application because it will only be used to house students who have applied for and been accepted to the residential college program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I want to apply to the Residential College and have a roommate request?
If you indicate a roommate request (groups of 2) on the Housing application, please ensure that you both have applied for the for Paulson Center Residential College in the Themed Engagement Community portion of the Housing Application and completed the short essay.
If one member of a roommate group applies for the Residential College program and one does not, we will not accept either into the program. We will make every effort to keep the requested roommate group together, but it would need to be outside of the Residential College program.
If it is important to you to prioritize participation in the Paulson Center Residential College, either apply as an individual, or, be sure that your preferred roommate has also applied.
How long should my Themed Engagement Community application essay be?
Your essay explaining what you would contribute to the houses that you indicated a preference for does not have to be long - use that space to share with us why you are interested in a particular house or theme and what you would hope to bring to those activities in the hall.
Note: The application does time out so a best practice would be to type your response in another document (Notes, Word, Google Doc, etc.) and then copy and paste when you are ready to submit. You can also go back and edit your essay response up until the May 1 deadline.
Are there any requirements associated with living in the Residential College?
As a member of the Paulson Center Residential College, you will be able to take one of your first-year courses with other students living in Paulson and connected to the theme of your house. There will be activities planned by faculty, staff, and RAs in the hall connected to your theme that we hope you will take advantage of, but are not required.
When will I find out about my class associated with the Residential College?
Students who are accepted to the Residential College will find out more information about their course associated with their House in late May-early June before registration begins. More information will be available in April.