Honors Housing Options

For each stage of the residential experience, Honors students have 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 in an Integrated Learning Living Community (ILLC) associated with their ENG 200H course, the CORE program or WISE. First-year students will begin to discover their relationships with peers and friends, and the University of Dayton experience.

  • Develop relationships and build a knowledge base centered on faculty and resident assistant developed co-curricular events, including guest lectures, film screenings, field trips, service learning and social events
  • Find a greater opportunity to connect with faculty outside of the classroom
  • Establish an enhanced connection to your own learning process
  • Increase satisfaction with your University of Dayton experience 

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 service, 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.
  • In partnership with Honors faculty and advisers, develop and attend Honors events as part of the residential experience.
  • Investigate, organize and engage in at least 10 hours of service in the greater Dayton community 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 serving as a mentor, peer tutoring, organizing academically focused events.
Learning Outcomes of Honors DLE
  • Be able to articulate the value of academic integrity and scholarship and identify characteristics of a scholarly community.
  • Be able to articulate how research and scholarship can be of service to the common good.
  • Be able to identify opportunities to further engage in the scholarly community.
  • Be able to 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 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 (at least one SMART goal is to be directly tied to 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.
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.
Honors Pre-Application Process

Representative(s) from interested groups will attend the Honors Special Interest Housing Information Meeting sponsored by the University Honors Program in the fall semester.

Representative(s) from interested groups will attend the following information meetings and workshops sponsored by Housing and Residence Life (consult the SIH packet for dates and locations):

  1. Special Interest Housing Information Meeting
  2. SMART Goals Workshop
  3. Application Review Session

Complete the Honors Pre-application (downloadable .docx). The Pre-application has two components--an individual component and a group application.

  1. Individual applications should be organized in a group file (one document per group member) and submitted as indicated on the individual application by December 9. The individual applications remain internal to the University Honors Program.

  2. The group application is the actual SIH application found in the SIH packet found here.  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. Group applications should be submitted to honorsspecialinteresthousing@udayton.edu by December 9.


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.