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Academic Theme Houses

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A University Theme House - Academic (UTH-A) is a productive academic collaboration between multiple participants: staff, faculty, institutional affiliates, and undergraduates, all within a residence. This intentional collaboration will seek to promote intellectual vitality in the residence. The team will initiate, implement, actively participate in, and commit to running the academic theme for a minimum of four years, with the possibility of further four-year term after successful review. 

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The premise is that the theme will assist in forming a dynamic community around a designated focus, creating interesting and stimulating conversation and knowledge exchange. This will contribute to a student’s sense of well-being and belonging in their residence to which they will have specifically pre-assigned. 

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These houses are

  • Open to all students ​who apply from any neighborhood
  • Can be all-frosh, four-class or upperclass houses 
  • You can live in an academic university theme dorm for two of your three upperclass years.  You can live here a third year if you are a student leader.
  • If you live in this type of house your first year, the neighborhood the house is in will become your neighborhood home. You are still eligible to live in a different university theme house in your upperclass years.
  • While open to students in all neighborhoods, the house will be part of one neighborhood, will participate on that neighborhood’s community council, and will have access to and share resources with the neighborhood.
  • Governed by the Committee on Residential Learning (CoRL).
 New students are welcomed to campus with one of the most recognized symbols of Stanford on the lawn outside Wilbur Hall. Credit: Andrew Brodhead

Criteria for a University Theme House - Academic (UTH-A)

The criteria is the backbone for all University Theme House - Academic and also informs our application questions

Exterior photo of Okada House.