Residential Population Options
First-Year Residential Experience (All First-Year or Mostly First-Year)
The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) communities are floors made up entirely of first-year students or with a smaller number of upperclass students living within the community. Any upperclass residents are likely to be sophomores, but could be juniors or seniors. UGAs in these areas will implement the FYRE Program while also working to meet the needs of the upperclass residents, and will strive to foster interaction and a sense of community among all residents in the community.
FYRE is a residential program that intentionally targets the needs of first-year students through the delivery of programs and resources. If you have an interest in this type of community, it is important to note that FYRE UGAs facilitate a weekly floor meeting and discussion with their residents. Many of the discussion topics are pre-determined, particularly in the fall term, based on the needs and issues typically faced by first-year students. Training and supervision are provided to help FYRE UGAs function as effective meeting facilitators. FYRE UGAs also help organize social and educational programs for residents. Some FYRE communities will be located in buildings that have upperclass students living on nearby floors.
House System: Upperclass Experience
The house system is made up of six different houses. All houses hold upperclass students.
Note about the following two residential living options: It is important to note that at the time that we place UGA candidates, we do not know where upperclass students will select to live in the Room Draw process, so the class-year composition of each community will vary from floor to floor. We will place candidates based on what we think is the most likely composition of that community; the actual composition may be different from what we had anticipated. If you have a specific interest in one of these sub-categories, it is suggested that you add it to one of your essays or bring it up during your UGA Interview.
Upperclass Experience—Sophomore/Junior Concentration: Candidates who indicate that they will work well in this type of community are likely to be placed with younger upperclass students, particularly sophomores but possibly including juniors and perhaps even some seniors. UGAs in these communities focus on developing relationships with all residents and creating a sense of community among everyone on the floor. They will provide advising and programming targeted at the needs of sophomores and juniors, such as major choices, social networking, transitioning to and from off terms, and decisions about life after Dartmouth, as well as the basic issues generally faced by all college students.
Upperclass Experience—Junior/Senior Concentration: Candidates who indicate that they are well-suited for this type of community are likely to be placed with older upperclass students, particularly juniors and seniors (possibly including some sophomores). UGAs in these communities focus on developing relationships with all residents and creating a sense of community among everyone on the floor. They will provide advising and programming targeted at the needs of juniors and seniors, such as social networking, transitioning to and from off terms, giving back to the Dartmouth community, and decisions about life after Dartmouth, as well as the basic issues faced by all college students.
Candidates who indicate that they are interested in this type of community may be placed with transfer or exchange students. UGAs in this type of community will use advising and programming to meet the unique needs of students who have transferred to Dartmouth from other institutions or who are new to Dartmouth, visiting through an exchange program. These UGAs may also have other students, upperclass or first-year, living in their community, and will work to meet the needs of those residents as well.