Interested in shaping your living community? Want to be surrounded by students from diverse academic backgrounds who are intellectually engaging? Then apply to live in an Upperclass Honors Living Learning Community (LLC). Questions? Contact email@example.com.
The application for the 2018-19 academic year will be available in January 2018. All interested students must first complete the Panther Central Housing Application located on my.pitt.edu. A link to the supplemental Honors LLC Application will be provided to all students who completed the Housing Application and indicated a preference for Honors Housing.
A Guide to Applying for Honors LLCs (2018-2019 Edition)
Read through this guide before reaching out with questions as you will find most of your answers inside it.
No roommates in mind yet?
You aren't the only one! There are others seeking roommates who want to live in an Honors Housing LLC. To help facilitate the process, we've set up a Facebook page where students seeking roommates for Honors LLCs can hopefully connect in advance of selection. Once you are accepted into the Finder, you can begin learning about other UHC students who are seeking roommates via our discussion board. The link to the Roommate Finder will be sent once you have submitted an application for Upper Class Honors Housing.
Please note the following requirements for applying to Upperclass Honors Housing:
- Applicants must have completed a minimum of one term at the University by the time of application.
- Preference is given to applicants with a 3.25 GPA; applicants with GPAs below a 3.25 will be considered, but should answer the optional GPA question in the application.
- Applicants must have a Housing Guarantee (check with Panther Central for more information on the Housing Guarantee). Students without housing guarantees cannot be considered for Honors Housing LLCs.
- If applying with suitemates, everyone must be the same sex and each complete a separate application, which are considered individually.
This application process occurs before the traditional room selection that is based on your lottery number (received from Panther Central in early January). What that means is that if you apply and are selected for Honors Housing, you forgo the typical room draw lottery process, as the LLC selection process is complete before the typical lottery process begins.
Students who are currently living in Honors Housing (either freshmen or upperclass) are guaranteed a space in Upperclass Honors Housing should they request it. These students are still required to submit demographic and roommate information on the application, but are not required to complete the supplemental essays. This does not guarantee that you will receive your first choice in room type, as this is allocated separately.
- Complete the Housing Application through Panther Central and pay the housing deposit by February 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm. This must be done PRIOR TO completion of the Upperclass Honors Housing application - your housing guarantee is forfeited if the Panther Central application is not completed by the deadline.
- Complete the online Upperclass Honors Housing application by Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm
- Notification regarding selection into the Upperclass Honors LLCs will occur by Wednesday, February 7, 2018, via your Pitt e-mail.
- Honors Housing LLC Apartment/Suite/Room Selection will be an in-person process on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Selection times will be pre-assigned and only one member of each group will need to be present, but paperwork will need to be signed by all roommates in advance. You will already know the building and type of space. An example: Forbes-Craig 3-person apartment – you’ve been assigned to, but will select the exact room location at this event and divide bed spaces among suitemates.
The Housing Options
There are two Upperclass Honors Housing LLCs at Pitt:
- Irvis Hall: located on upper campus, home to 420 students in air-conditioned four-person suites and doubles. There are nine floors in Irvis Hall and 4 floors will be Upperclass Honors Housing LLC floors (approximately 200 students).
- Forbes-Craig Apartments: located across from the Carnegie Museum and is home to 102 students in two- and three-person apartments
Please review the building details below before applying to avoid any confusion.
About the Buildings
The Forbes-Craig Apartments and Irvis Hall collectively accommodate approximately 300 sophomores and juniors. These communities are places where students can continue to develop friendships, learn from the scholarly diversity that surrounds them, and support one another as they hone their academic and intellectual interests.
Irvis Hall (formerly known as Pennsylvania Hall) is located on uppercampus near our First-Year Honors Housing LLC in Sutherland West. The Honors LLC is home to approximately 200 upperclass students and resident assistants in air-conditioned doubles and four-person suites. Rooms feature basic cable, a refrigerator, microwave, and a private bathroom. Laundry facilities commons area are located on each floor and throughout the building.
Click the following link to view a representative floor plan:
Irvis Hall Floor Plan
Located directly across Forbes Avenue from the Carnegie Museum of Art, near the corner of Craig Street, the Forbes-Craig Apartments house 102 upperclass students in 39 furnished apartments with single and double bedrooms. One Honors College staff member resides in the building and serves as Housefellow. Forbes-Craig residence offers basic cable television in each living room and an Internet connection in each bedroom.
Click the following link to view a representative floor plan:
Forbes-Craig floor plan
Meet the 2017-2018 Forbes-Craig Housefellow
More About Upperclass Honors Housing LLCs
The Honors Communities are not retreats from the intellectual life of the University. Instead, the Honors Communities are central to the intellectual life of the University. They are places where students can further explore intellectual topics from the classroom and beyond.
Since this living experience is student driven, the Honors College is looking for students who have the maturity and the creativity to help make this place continue to succeed. Successful applicants usually display the following:
- A commitment to academic excellence. Preference will be given to students who maintain an average of a B+ or higher (3.25 GPA).
- A commitment to the continued development of this living environment. This includes active involvement in the fostering and implementation of projects for the community.
- A commitment to service in the surrounding community.
- A commitment to responsible living. This includes a respect for oneself and the other members of his or her living community.
The residential honors communities depend on the maturity and the creativity of their members. The continued success of these communities is truly the result of the people who live there. In return for your commitment to these communities, the University of Pittsburgh and the Honors College are dedicated to making your experience a rewarding and special one.