Honors Housing

Honors Housing Options

For each stage of the residential experience, Honors students may pursue an Honors learning and living opportunity. In all Honors living spaces, an Honors student may have a non-Honors roommate. 

First Year

In the first year, Honors students will be housed with other Honors students or with classmates in the CORE program. Dependent upon a student's major, incoming Honors student may also choose an appropriate Integrated Learning-Living Community (ILLC) such as Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) or Business, Ethics and Environmental Sustainability (BEES).

Sophomore Year

Rising sophomore students are encouraged to select the Honors Designed Learning Experience (DLE) as part of the housing assignment process.

Sophomore students living in the Honors DLE will integrate their classroom experiences with the community values of Learn, Lead and Serve. Through advisor and resident assistant-guided community engagement and reflection, sophomore students will build on their first-year experiences. Students will combine curricular and co-curricular experiences, develop a community of peers and create an environment which supports academic exploration and research.

Goals of the Honors DLE
  • Commit to supporting and abiding by the Student Standards of Behavior and University Honor Code.
  • Engage in at least 10 hours of service along with other Honors community members.
  • Engage with peers within the Honors DLE by identifying and participating in at least two community activities so as to connect with first-year Honors students.
  • Opportunities can include peer tutoring, organizing academically focused events or serving as a mentor.
Learning Outcomes of Honors DLE
  • Articulate the value of academic integrity and scholarship and identify characteristics of a scholarly community.
  • Articulate how research and scholarship can be of service to the common good.
  • Identify opportunities to further engage in the scholarly community.
  • Integrate an understanding of scholarship, leadership and service with opportunities to positively contribute to the University of Dayton community, the greater Dayton area and the global community.
  • By meeting the requirement of the Honors DLE, students are able to earn up to three PATH credits.
  • Through the development of SMART goals and in partnership with the Honors Program, students build a bridge to the capstone residential experience, Special Interest Housing.
  • Students will increase connection to peers and the Honors student community.

Junior or Senior Year

Rising juniors and seniors may apply for Honors Special Interest Housing. 

Honors Special Interest Housing (Honors SIH) provides the opportunity for students to support and embody the mission of the University Honors Program in the student neighborhood.

Expectations and Commitments for Honors Special Interest Housing
  • An Honors House is comprised of a majority of Honors students at the time of application and occupancy (Example: 3 Honors students/4 person house; 3 Honors students/5 person house; 4 Honors students/6 person house). In cases of application proposals with equal merit, groups with a higher percentage of Honors students will be given preference.
  • Honors SIH residents serve as positive role models in the student neighborhood and support the mission and programs of the University Honors Program (the Honors SIH SMART goal is aligned with the University Honors Program).
  • Honors SIH resident groups will have 2 advisers (regardless of legacy status). The UHP assistant director or grad assistant will maintain regular communication with the residents and their UHP adviser(s).
  • Honors SIH are expected to meet all SIH expectations as communicated by Housing and Residence Life.
Honors Pre-Application Process

Before completing the pre-application, representative(s) from interested groups should attend the Honors Special Interest Housing Information Meeting sponsored by the University Honors Program in the fall semester.

Next, interested groups should complete the Honors pre-application. The pre-application has two components: an individual component and a group application. 

  1. Individual applications should be submitted separately by each individual group member, including the group leader, through a Google form. The individual pre-application is due December 3. (The individual applications remain internal to the University Honors Program.)
  2. The Honors SIH group application is based on the actual SIH application found in the SIH packet found here.  The group application should include proposal answers, a SMART goal plan, adviser letters, and any additional necessary documents. The group application should be compiled into one Google document which the group leader will share with mburkett1@udayton.edu by December 4. Group applications will be reviewed by UHP staff. Quality group applications will be approved by UHP to move forward into the SIH process as an Honors SIH group. 
POtential additional Requirements

(See SIH packet for additional information about meeting dates and locations.)

Representative(s) from interested groups will also attend the following information meetings and workshops sponsored by Housing and Residence Life:

  1. Special Interest Housing Information Meeting
  2. Complete SMART Goals Review Module
  3. SIH Application Review Session (January)
Recommendations for Honors Special Interest Houses

(Based on best practices from other Special Interest House communities)

  • Plan for regular house meetings and meals with one another.
  • Be engaged, both in the UD community and the broader community.
  • Collaborate with other SIH residents in the neighborhood.


Email honorsspecialinteresthousing@udayton.edu or call Maria Ollier Burkett, University Honors Program Assistant Director, at 937.229.4287.

For questions about AVIATE, PATH credit or the general Special Interest Housing process, go to AVIATE FAQs or to Housing and Residence Life.


Honors Program

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0311