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Housing + Dining

Life outside of class is an important part of the Summer Intensive. The residence and dining halls are places where students can interact with peers from other classes and share their experiences.

Rooms contain a bed, desk, desk chair, dresser, and wardrobe for each student. All rooms have Internet access and cable TV. Students share a hall bathroom.

Residence life staff includes the Head and Assistant Head of Residence Life; a team of senior counselors; and a large staff counselors. Residence life staff create an active schedule of evening activities, including field trips to area museums and restaurants, dance parties, and movie nights. Other activities provide students an interdisciplinary opportunity to learn about other School of the Arts offerings. Outside of class studio time is also scheduled.

The counselor to student ratio is 1 to 5. The staff stays overnight in the residence hall, and accompanies students to meals, classes and all program activities.

Security guards are on duty in the residence hall 24 hours per day. Housekeeping staff keep all public areas clean, but students must clean their own rooms, i.e., wash their own sheets and towels, etc.

Roommate Assignments: There is a section on the application form to specify living preferences, such has hobbies, sleeping hours, etc. In order to provide an enriching residence life experience, the Summer Intensive does not allow the option to request a specific roommate. Students will be placed in rooms with members of the same sex who are taking the same course of study, and have similar living preferences.

All meals will be served in the Shafer Court Dining Center. This state-of-the-art dining facility not only features home-style meals, stir-fry, burgers, pizza, an extensive salad bar, and a build your own sandwich section, but also vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free selections. This dining center offers a wide range of delicious, high quality options for participants with special needs, e.g., diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, and foods for those with food allergies.