Our philosophy is that you can learn outside the classroom as well as inside it. What better way to do that than to provide intellectually and communally engaged students the opportunity to live together and learn from one another? The residential honors communities are housing options for such students who want to take advantage of this special opportunity. Students from many different academic disciplines live and learn together in their own communities.
The residential honors communities at the University of Pittsburgh are similar to, yet different from, traditional college residences. They are similar in that they are places for fun, personal growth, and meeting peers. They're places where students can unwind, relax, and enjoy collegiate life outside the classroom.
These communities differ from traditional residences in that they are not retreats from the intellectual life of the University. Instead, they are central to the intellectual life of the University. They are places where students can further explore intellectual topics from the classroom and beyond. They also provide amazing opportunities for academic support. As one student said, “When will you ever have 100 tutors in every subject imaginable who are also your friends?”
These communities have residents who hail from every corner of the globe, represent virtually every major, and have a great many different interests. Despite these differences, all of these students share a commitment to academic excellence, student involvement, and responsible living.