First-Year Honors LLC FAQs

Q:  What exactly IS a First Year Honors Housing Community?

A:  The First-Year Honors Housing Community is an environment where students from many academic disciplines live and learn together. It is a place where students can take advantage of the intellectual scope of their peers and put their curiosity to work. It’s a community that is shaped by the interests of its residents, and it takes cooperation and effort from the students who live in this community to make it a success.

Q:  What’s the difference between honors communities and other residence hall floors?

A:  In some respects, there is very little difference.  But in other ways the difference is great.  All students in these communities have demonstrated a degree of academic attainment and intellectual curiosity.  This creates an environment for some really great conversations and debates.  Also, we participate in a wide variety of programming from intriguing lectures, to trips to the symphony and theater, to professional sports games.

Q:  Are these communities quiet floors?

A:  No, and they’re not intended to be.  The idea behind these communities is that learning is a continuous process and sometimes takes place during a debate between floor-mates in a hallway.  Members are expected to observe the University’s Quiet Hours Policy, but floors are by no means 24-hour quiet floors. 

Q:  Do I have to take honors courses to live in an Honors Community?

A:  No. You don't even need to be “Honors Course Eligible” (that is, be an entering First-Year student with at least SAT combined math and critical reading scores of 1400 or above, or a 32 composite ACT score, and be in the top 5 percent of your high school class). However, priority to live in Honors Housing is given to students who are “Honors Course Eligible” and therefore they can automatically register for honors courses.

Q:  Will I be in the same classes as other people on my floor?

A:  Maybe, but not necessarily.  The UHC encourages students to register for courses that interest and challenge them and will help them in their intellectual growth.  Additionally, the UHC philosophy is that students can best learn outside the classroom by living with people from a variety of different academic backgrounds and interests.  This combination means that Engineering students may be rooming with English majors.  Sometimes students living on the same floor in a residence hall will be taking the same classes, but often that doesn't happen.

Q:  I am an “Honors Course Eligible” student.  Does this mean I’m guaranteed a place in an Honors Community?

A:  No. Any interested student may apply to live in Honors Housing by indicating their interest on the Housing and Dining Contract and then completing a supplemental application sent to them by the UHC.

Q:  What is involved in the application process?

A:  There are TWO STEPS to follow when applying to live in the First-Year Honors Community in Sutherland Hall.

Complete the University's Housing Contract Package, which is mailed to students after they have paid their tuition deposit to the University. When completing this contract, be certain to indicate under the Living Learning Communities section that you wish to live in the Honors Housing Community in Sutherland Hall; otherwise you will be assigned to a non-honors housing option.

The second step is to complete the supplemental First-Year Honors LLC application that is within the online Housing & Dining Contract. 

Q:  When is the deadline to apply for the First-Year Honors LLC?

A:  The deadline for Fall 2017 is May 31, 2017 to be considered for the Honors LLC.

Q:  What exactly IS a First Year Honors Housing Community?

 

A:  The First-Year Honors Housing Community is an environment where students from many academic disciplines live and learn together. It is a place where students can take advantage of the intellectual scope of their peers and put their curiosity to work. It’s a community that is shaped by the interests of its residents, and it takes cooperation and effort from the students who live in this community to make it a success.

 

Q:  What’s the difference between honors communities and other residence hall floors?

 

A:  In some respects, there is very little difference.  But in other ways the difference is great.  All students in these communities have demonstrated a degree of academic attainment and intellectual curiosity.  This creates an environment for some really great conversations and debates.  Also, we participate in a wide variety of programming from intriguing lectures, to trips to the symphony and theater, to professional sports games.

 

Q:  Are these communities’ quiet floors?

 

A:  No, and they’re not intended to be.  The idea behind these communities is that learning is a continuous process and sometimes takes place during a debate between floor-mates in a hallway.  Members are expected to observe the University’s Quiet Hours Policy, but floors are by no means 24-hour quiet floors. 

 

Q:  Do I have to take honors courses to live in an Honors Community?

 

A:  No. You don't even need to be “Honors Course Eligible” (that is, be an entering First-Year student with at least SAT combined math and critical reading scores of 1400 or above, or a 32 composite ACT score, and be in the top 5 percent of your high school class). However, most students who apply to live in Honors Housing are “Honors Course Eligible” and therefore they can automatically register for honors courses.

 

Q:  Will I be in the same classes as other people on my floor?

 

A:  Maybe, but not necessarily.  The UHC encourages students to register for courses that interest and challenge them and will help them in their intellectual growth.  Additionally, the UHC philosophy is that students can best learn outside the classroom by living with people from a variety of different academic backgrounds and interests.  This combination means that Engineering students may be rooming with English majors.  Sometimes students living on the same floor in a residence hall will be taking the same classes, but often that doesn't happen.

 

Q:  I am an “Honors Course Eligible” student.  Does this mean I’m guaranteed a place in an Honors Community?

 

A:  No. Any interested student may apply to live in Honors Housing and every year we have many more applications than available space.  Students must apply to live in an Honors Community and meet the application deadline.

 

Q:  What is involved in the application process?

 

A:  There are TWO STEPS to follow when applying to live in the First-Year Honors Community in Sutherland Hall.

 

Complete the University's Housing Contract Package, which is mailed to students after they have paid their tuition deposit to the University and has a deadline based on when it is mailed. When completing this contract, be certain to indicate under the Competitive Edge Communities section that you wish to live in the Honors Housing Community in Sutherland Hall; otherwise you will be assigned to a non-honors housing option.

 

The second step is to complete a separate First-Year Honors Community application. An email message containing a link to this application will be sent within a week of completing the University's Housing Contract Package and selecting “Honors Housing” as your preferred Competitive Edge Community. 

 

Q:  When is the deadline to apply for the First-Year Honors Housing Community?

 

A:  The deadline to apply for the First-Year Honors Communities will be indicated in the email message that you receive with the link to the Honors Housing application. This message will be sent to your newly assigned University of Pittsburgh email account so please check this account on a regular basis.

Q:  What exactly IS a First Year Honors Housing Community?

A:  The First-Year Honors Housing Community is an environment where students from many academic disciplines live and learn together. It is a place where students can take advantage of the intellectual scope of their peers and put their curiosity to work. It’s a community that is shaped by the interests of its residents, and it takes cooperation and effort from the students who live in this community to make it a success.

Q:  What’s the difference between honors communities and other residence hall floors?

A:  In some respects, there is very little difference.  But in other ways the difference is great.  All students in these communities have demonstrated a degree of academic attainment and intellectual curiosity.  This creates an environment for some really great conversations and debates.  Also, we participate in a wide variety of programming from intriguing lectures, to trips to the symphony and theater, to professional sports games.

Q:  Are these communities’ quiet floors?

A:  No, and they’re not intended to be.  The idea behind these communities is that learning is a continuous process and sometimes takes place during a debate between floor-mates in a hallway.  Members are expected to observe the University’s Quiet Hours Policy, but floors are by no means 24-hour quiet floors. 

Q:  Do I have to take honors courses to live in an Honors Community?

A:  No. You don't even need to be “Honors Course Eligible” (that is, be an entering First-Year student with at least SAT combined math and critical reading scores of 1400 or above, or a 32 composite ACT score, and be in the top 5 percent of your high school class). However, most students who apply to live in Honors Housing are “Honors Course Eligible” and therefore they can automatically register for honors courses.

Q:  Will I be in the same classes as other people on my floor?

A:  Maybe, but not necessarily.  The UHC encourages students to register for courses that interest and challenge them and will help them in their intellectual growth.  Additionally, the UHC philosophy is that students can best learn outside the classroom by living with people from a variety of different academic backgrounds and interests.  This combination means that Engineering students may be rooming with English majors.  Sometimes students living on the same floor in a residence hall will be taking the same classes, but often that doesn't happen.

Q:  I am an “Honors Course Eligible” student.  Does this mean I’m guaranteed a place in an Honors Community?

A:  No. Any interested student may apply to live in Honors Housing and every year we have many more applications than available space.  Students must apply to live in an Honors Community and meet the application deadline.

Q:  What is involved in the application process?

A:  There are TWO STEPS to follow when applying to live in the First-Year Honors Community in Sutherland Hall.

Complete the University's Housing Contract Package, which is mailed to students after they have paid their tuition deposit to the University and has a deadline based on when it is mailed. When completing this contract, be certain to indicate under the Competitive Edge Communities section that you wish to live in the Honors Housing Community in Sutherland Hall; otherwise you will be assigned to a non-honors housing option.

The second step is to complete a separate First-Year Honors Community application. An email message containing a link to this application will be sent within a week of completing the University's Housing Contract Package and selecting “Honors Housing” as your preferred Competitive Edge Community. 

Q:  When is the deadline to apply for the First-Year Honors Housing Community?

A:  The deadline to apply for the First-Year Honors Communities will be indicated in the email message that you receive with the link to the Honors Housing application. This message will be sent to your newly assigned University of Pittsburgh email account so please check this account on a regular basis.