Affinity Programs are residentially-based, educationally-purposeful living opportunities for residents that center around a self-defined Academic or Special Interest programmatic focus. These programs strive to provide a living-learning experience for residents that is unique in that resident students commit to a specified degree of involvement. Students apply to participate in these smaller, learning-based communities which can be housed in a section of a traditional residence hall or in a free-standing house.
Below is a listing of the affinity programs currently operating at Dartmouth College. Affinity programs are open to upperclass students by application. Students interested in residing within an affinity program should complete the online Affinity Housing Application. Those interested in the Gender Neutral Program must apply using the Gender Neutral Housing Application.
Dartmouth College is committed to ensuring our residential programs are readily accessible to and usable by students with disabilities as reflected in its Undergraduate Housing Relocation Policy for Students with Disabilities. If you have questions about the accessibility of any of our Affinity Programs, please contact Woody Eckels, Director of Residential Operations, at 603-646-1203 or Woody.Eckels@Dartmouth.edu.
Affinity programs are open to upperclass students by application. Students who are interested in living in an affinity program must apply online before the application deadline for the appropriate term. If accepted to the program, the student must complete an Affinity Program Contract Rider and submit it to the program’s housing coordinator.
The program’s housing coordinator determines program eligibility and makes all housing assignments in the living unit. The names of approved applicants are then submitted to the Undergraduate Housing Office for verification of D-plan, housing eligibility, and notification once the assignments have been finalized. Any student with an approved Affinity Program Contract Rider on file for a given term will not be eligible for housing through the regular assignment process for that term. Please note that all affinity programs are smoke free and the Cutter Shabazz, LALACS, and Native American House are substance free.
Any leave term student living in an affinity program must participate in a College dining plan at a level no lower than the “SmartChoice5/BlockChoice45” (or its equivilent).
Dartmouth College is committed to ensuring that our residential programs are readily accessible to and usable by students with disabilities. To the extent that student housing or residential programs may not be readily accessible, Dartmouth College will make reasonable efforts to enable students with disabilities to participate in and receive the benefits of Dartmouth residential programs. Those efforts may include relocation of the program, redesign of equipment, reassignment of programs or services to alternative sites, alteration of existing facilities or other reasonable methods which make the residential programs and activities accessible, under the circumstances.
Individuals seeking accommodations in order to participate in residential programs are encouraged to provide as much advance notice as possible, but in any event, a minimum of six months. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Rachael Class-Giguere, director of undergraduate housing, at (603) 646-3093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located at 36 North Main Street, the Chinese Language House was established for students interested in studying Chinese languages and cultures. With six bedrooms accommodating a total of eight students, the house allows for close interaction on a daily basis with the live-in Resident Director from Beijing Normal University. The primary language of communication is Chinese.
Each resident's cooperation with the Resident Director and the other inhabitants is essential to the success of the Chinese Language House. All students help plan for, and participate in, activities during their stay. A long-running activity has been the Cooking Group, a rotation utilizing the Center's kitchen for group meals. Each year new goals and objectives are developed through conversations among the DAMELL Chair, Chinese Language House Committee, Resident Director, and Student Liaison.
Residency at the Chinese Language House is intended for students of Chinese language only. Inquiries about the program can be addressed to Gerard Bohlen.
Chinese Language House Floor Plans
Chinese Language House - 8 beds
Located at 20 West Street, Foley is a non-exclusive, coed household where all residents share responsibilities and decision-making. Residents participate in the planning and preparing of meals and activities and are responsible for the general upkeep of the facility. Foley has 6 single rooms and 2 double rooms.
Foley House strives to be the healthiest, most stimulating and engaging residential environment on the Dartmouth campus. By cooking and eating together and sharing household chores, a bank account, a phone line and a television, Foley residents form important lasting relationships. By inviting professors, artists and campus guests to participate in Foley dinners, residents intellectually engage with each other and people representing a broad swath of the academic and artistic communities at Dartmouth. Importantly, Foley House is not a membership organization. Residents and non-residents alike can be members of the Foley community.
Inquiries about the program can be addressed to Foley House.
Foley Cooperative Floor Plans
Foley Cooperative - 10 beds
Located in Hitchcock Hall, the floor provides an environment for students to speak French or Italian and to promote the awareness and appreciation of Francophone or Italophone cultures on campus. French and Italian Affinity Housing hosts events such as art exhibitions, faculty lectures, film series, concerts, theater performances, recitals, weekly conversation hours and parties. The suites are sponsored by the Department of French and Italian.
As the program is located in Hitchcock Hall, questions regarding Office of Residential Life policies and procedures can be directed to the floor UGA, or to the Hitchcock Community Director. Inquiries about the program can be addressed to Patricia McGuinn.
French and Italian Program Floor Plans
French - 7 beds
Italian - 4 beds
Dartmouth College seeks to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities; one not limited by the traditional gender binary. Gender neutral housing allows for same-gender, opposite-gender or other-gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex. This program floor will provide a living/learning environment where residents can learn about and explore gender identity and expression in a supportive environment. Inquiries about the program can be addressed to Michelle Hector.
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Gender Neutral- 17 beds
The Dartmouth Inter-faith Living and Learning Community (IFLLC) seeks to bring students from a diversity of religious and moral traditions, ranging from the breadth of the world's religious traditions to agnostics, seekers, humanists and the "spiritual but not religious." The group will make a commitment to the experience of living together and learning from one another. There will be many informal opportunities for conversation, participation and listening as well as weekly structured discussion. By building spiritual and philosophical understanding in an ongoing and relaxed setting, participants will have the opportunity to develop lasting relationships across faith lines. The IFLLC will further Dartmouth's commitment to religious diversity and support the ongoing creation of a friendly environment for faith exploration.
IFLLC Floor Plans
Interfaith Floor - 15 beds
The International Residence brings together both U.S. and international students who desire to have a greater understanding of the world. Daily interaction of 26 undergraduate residents from several countries fosters knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the world's many different cultures. In addition, residents live with a graduate student or visiting faculty member who assists them in coordinating house activities. The International Residence (located in McCulloch) provides the Dartmouth community with an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate cultural diversity on campus. The International Residence gives its residents a platform on which to build global awareness, and serves as a nucleus for campus-wide multicultural programming.
A variety of departments and student groups use the International Residence for programs and events of interest to international and U.S. students. The International Residence is sponsored by the International Office.
Inquiries about the program can be addresse to the Stephen.M.Silver@dartmouth.edu at the Office of Pluralism and Leadership.
International Residence Floor Plans
International Residence - 26 beds
The Kade German Center in Maxwell Hall (part of the River Cluster) offers comfortable, spacious living accommodations for 20 American and international students who share an interest in the language and culture of German speaking countries. Both English and German are spoken at the Kade Center, and advanced German language skills are not required. Students live in individual rooms in one of five-co-ed apartments, and each group of four shares living and cooking facilities. In addition, the Kade Center includes conference, classroom, office, and kitchen facilities and a lounge for social gatherings. The Center also provides quiet study space, the use of its library for Center, and serves as a gathering place for activities of the German Club (Germania).
The Kade Center has a Resident Director from a German speaking country who will assist with planning a variety of cultural programs and encourage residents to develop and use their German language skills. While German language proficiency is not required of Kade Center residents, and English is spoken much of the time, all Kade Center residents are encouraged to participate in affinity house activities. The Max Kade Center, Germania, and the German Studies Department work together to host events such as the Pantoffelkino film series, Kaffeestunde, Stammtische,lectures, and parties. The Kade German Center was built with funds donated by the Max Kade Foundation and is sponsored by the Department of German Studies.
Inquiries about the program can be addressed to Wadeane.Kunz@dartmouth.edu in the Department of German Studies.
Kade German Apartment Floor Plans
Kade German Center - 20 beds
Located at 42 College Street, La Casa provides an academic, cultural, and social immersion for students interested in studying Spanish cultures and languages. A faculty member resides in the house with 10 upperclass students. La Casa has 4 double rooms and 2 single rooms.
Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, La Casa is designed to serve as a center and meeting place for a wide variety of activities related to Hispanic, Latino, Latin American, Spanish and Luso-Brazilian cultures and languages. These activities take place over the entire academic year, and can include hosting invited speakers, workshops, video and film series, round table discussions, gatherings of student organizations, 'fiestas,' and other extracurricular activities. Student residents of La Casa take an active role in programming activities and events for the house and its community.
The official languages of La Casa are Spanish and Portuguese, which are spoken among residents in group situations, with the Faculty Advisor, and with Spanish and Portuguese-speaking guests. The goal of student residency at La Casa is to obtain a cultural, social, and linguistic immersion experience for students on the Dartmouth College campus.
Inquiries about the program can be addressed to the Program Advisor: Shirley Anghel
La Casa Floor Plans
La Casa -10 beds
Located at 38 North Main Street, the LALACS House is used for a diverse array of student and department programs and events. The house is sponsored by the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies Program and coordinated by the Office of Latino/Hispanic Student Advising. The facility provides an apartment for the College's Chavez Fellow. LALACS is mostly singles with one double room.
The House's residential and academic purpose is to provide a residential and educational environment devoted to the exploration and expression of traditional and contemporary aspects of Latin American and Latino intellectual, social and cultural life. Being an academic affinity house, the program will also facilitate communication and interaction among various sectors of the Latino community, students studying in the LALACS program, faculty, the administration and staff. LALACS is a substance free house.
Inquiries about the program can be addressed to Rodrigo Ramirez in the OPAL Office.
LALACS Floor Plans
Latin American, Latino & Caribbean House -14 beds
Inquiries about the program can be addressed to Gerard Bohlen.
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MAHA Arabic Community- 6 beds
Located at 35 North Main Street, the Native American House (NAH) provides cultural, social and educational enrichment for Native and other Dartmouth students. The house includes accommodations for a resident graduate student or faculty member who is usually the College's Charles Eastman Fellow. The Native American House is sponsored by the Native American Program Office. The Native American House has single and double rooms.
The NAH is a living and learning residence and cultural center dedicated to the exploration and expression of the traditional and contemporary aspects of Native American intellectual, social, cultural and spiritual life. It is a true gathering and community place for all members of the Dartmouth Family----in balance, harmony, fellowship, healing, knowledge, and strength. As a cultural center, all who participate in its activities will enhance their understanding of various aspects of Native American life and culture and of the greater Dartmouth community. The NAH is a substance free house.
Inquiries about the program can be addressed to Native American Program.
Native American House Floor Plans
Native American House -14 beds
Located at 32 North Main Street, Shabazz houses the offices of the Afro-American Society and is used for a wide variety of student-initiated and Center-sponsored programs and events. The Center has an affiliation with the African and African-American Studies Program. The Center's upperclass student residents interact regularly with one of the College's Thurgood Marshall Fellows who resides in an adjacent apartment. The Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry is sponsored by the Office of Black Student Advising. Cutter/Shabazz is all single rooms.
The mission of the Cutter/Shabazz Academic Affinity House and the El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry is to enhance the intellectual and cultural milieu of the Dartmouth College campus with particular regard to those issues which pertain to the historical and the contemporary experiences of people of African descent. As a residential site, Shabazz aims to enhance the out-of-classroom experience by incorporating contemporary academic inquiries into student residential space.
Program initiatives promote the intellectual breadth of residents and stimulate intellectual dialogue within the greater community through public forum as well as individual and group activities. The Shabazz Center Staff (Graduate Resident Fellow, Undergraduate Advisor, Program Floor Representatives) organize programs and activities in conjunction with faculty members of the African and African American Studies Program to ensure the maintenance of a vibrant public discourse. Cutter Shabazz is a substance free floor.
Inquiries about the program can be addressed to TM Mosley.
Cutter/Shabazz Floor Plans
Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry - 26 beds
The Sustainable Living Center in North Hall is a student initiative designed for students looking for an eco-conscious housing alternative. Students living in the SLC will learn how to reduce their environmental impact by minimizing energy inputs and waste outputs and will engage in academic and social programs including communal dinners, discussion groups and workshops.
North Hall Floor Plans
North - 19 beds