“Living and learning communities are a home base for growth and exploration,” Honors Program Director Phame Camarena said. “If you’re surrounded by others who are facing similar experiences and challenges, it gives you confidence.”
This semester, 5,725 students live in CMU’s 22 residence halls. The halls offer student-serving amenities — ranging from fitness centers, study lounges, laundry facilities and residential restaurants — and on-site resources, including resident assistants, multicultural advisors, professional staff, community police officers, counselors-in-residence, academic advisors and student success coaches.
“When a student lives in a themed hall or a residential community, it changes their experience,” Camarena said. “We encourage them to be engaged with both academic and nonacademic endeavors.”
Residential colleges and themed halls offer additional resources and opportunities. For example, the Health Professions Residential College provides a skeleton to help students succeed in anatomy courses. The Business Residential College brings in speakers from large corporations, such as
Ford Motor Co. And, the School of Music Residential College provides on-site practice facilities and master classes with internationally acclaimed musicians.
"Living with people who have similar academic interests helps you out in terms of professional development and academic development. It definitely sets you up for academic success."
Emily Crombez, CMU junior from Harper Woods, Michigan
The four floors of Larzelere Hall house honors students of all majors — from biology to broadcast and cinematic arts.
“What brings the students together in residential colleges and themed halls is a common commitment,” Camarena said. “They share some things in common like motivations and values. When you find that group, it just gives you permission to really be alive at the university.”
Last spring, nearly 90 percent of CMU students living in the residence halls said the experience contributed to their sense of belonging at CMU. Additionally, more than 80 percent said the experience contributed to their academic success and impacted their decision to return.