Housing and Residence Life

Theme Housing Options

What is Theme Housing?


Theme Housing options are formed around an issue or activity in which the residents have a common interest.  These community options enrich the experience for our students encouraging for them shared experiences specific to their interests.  Being a part of a community of learners helps each individual be more successful.

Theme Housing Options - Freshman

Theme Housing Options - Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Theme Housing Options

Who: Freshmen Students

Where: Martin-Schexnider Hall

What: Anyone interested in writing, composing, the visual arts, performing arts, or who simply wants to live in a creative community where residents share their work and talents with others should consider living in the Arts Colony. Programs and events are determined by the residents working in partnership with their resident assistant and academic advisor. Residents may create showcases for their talents such as coffeehouses, poetry slams, art shows, campus events, and black box theater performances. W.I.S.H. your dreams can come true!

Who: Freshmen Students

Where: Martin-Schexnider Hall / Brown Hall

What: The Freshman Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Program is a unique living option designed for incoming freshmen. Students inhabit a living-learning environment specifically designed to meet the needs of first-year students. Participants have increased access to faculty and staff involvement, programs relating to transitions issues, involvement in community service, and a peer mentoring program. This experience is for the student who elects to have more structure and guidance to assist with college life and studies.

Who: Freshmen Honors Students (invited by the University)

Where: Martin-Schexnider Hall

What: Honors Program is a unique living option designed for incoming freshmen who qualify based upon admission criteria and are invited by the University Honors Program. Students in the WSSU Honors Program receive personalized instruction from highly-qualified faculty who encourage critical and creative thinking. Faculty also supervises student research and prepares students for professional conference presentations.

Who: Upperclass Honors Students

Where: RAMs Buildings 2 & 3

What: Honors Program is a unique living option designed for continuing students who qualify based upon admission criteria, current G.P.A. and are invited by the University Honors Program. Students in the WSSU Honors Program receive personalized instruction from highly-qualified faculty who encourage critical and creative thinking. Faculty also supervises student research and prepares students for professional conference presentations.

Who: Sophomore Women

Where: Wilson Hall

What: Are you a woman majoring in any of the science or health fields? Women who participate in HRL's theme housing W.I.S.H. will have the opportunity to take advantage of special programming, peer mentoring, and live in a designated living area together, to name a few of the advantages of participation in this program. Just remember when you W.I.S.H. your dreams can come true!

Brochure: Women in Sciene and Health 

Who: Junior and Senior Students

Where: Foundation Heights Hall

What: The Green Adventure Living Thematic Housing Option is for students who want to work to reduce the carbon footprint and to enjoy the splendor of the natural world around us. Students will have the option to participate in outdoor excursions, create initiatives that will help the sustainability/green efforts on campus, locally, and regionally. Programming about wildlife and the outdoors will be available to the students of this particular community throughout the academic year.

Who: Freshmen Women

Where: Atkins Hall

What: W.I.L.D. is a thematic living opportunity offered to our students in Atkins Hall. W.I.L.D. allows first year women the opportunity to live together and participate in W.I.L.D. activities and events. Events will include leadership activities, events with women leaders from the WSSU community, reading leadership books; attend programs and workshops on developing your leadership skills and developing as a leader.

Who: Upperclass Students

Where: Gleason Hairston Terrace

What: The opportunity to live in the PEACE community will prepare diverse students for success in the 21st century. This community is for residents to engage in their interest of exploring various cultures through hosted guest speakers, information sessions about study abroad and other cultural exchange opportunities, discussions on international issues, as well as participating in enrichment opportunities in Winston-Salem such as symphonies, ballets, festivals, and other events that highlight various cultures.

Brochure: People Engaged Actively in Cultural Exchange 

Who: Freshmen Students

Where: Martin-Schexnider Hall

What:  Students in the Live to Serve Community will be involved in service throughout the year, building connections to local and regional outreach groups, and finding ways to serve while at WSSU those who need the help of our community.  They will also initiate their own service opportunities for campus, champion the importance of service to all students, encourage others, and provide opportunities for other students to serve.

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