First offered at Wayne State College during the 2012-13 academic year, our Honors Special Interest Housing option was created in response to strong interest among our honors students. Our intention is to nurture this exciting new partnership between the Honors Program and Residence Life, and to meet the academic and social needs of our honors students by following best practices while seeking programmatic ideas from our students as well.
Located on the second floor of the newly renovated Pile Hall, this co-ed housing option for upperclassmen features a new full kitchen for student use, new furniture throughout the building, television and social lounges, a study lounge, and central air conditioning. In addition, the Pile Hall location is ideal for an honors student at Wayne State as it provides the convenience of being close to the library and student center while also being a smaller dorm that will allow for a more personal environment. This housing option is not intended to replace our honors students' residential experience but rather to enhance it. The primary benefits of our honors housing are its dynamic community, its academically focused environment, and the opportunity to live with peers and resident assistants who are engaged in similar academic pursuits.
Frequently asked questions:
- What is Honors Special Interest Housing?
Honors Special Interest Housing is a new housing initiative on campus to provide honors students the opportunity to live with one another. It allows honors students the opportunity to build more meaningful connections with their fellow honors students across a variety of disciplines. Honors students will be able to live in a community that is more focused to the demands and needs of the honors student. The purpose of this Special Interest Housing is to provide a more academically focused environment for interested honors students while not creating additional requirements for the student.
- Are honors students required to live in this community?
No. We understand that students have a variety of interests and may want an experience that is different from a themed Honors Program.
- What are the requirements to be in Honors Special Interest Housing?
The only requirement is that you are an upperclassman honors student.
- Am I guaranteed a space in the 2nd floor of Pile hall?
No. Placement is determined on a variety of factors including total credit hours earned, total honors credits earned, current GPA, discipline history (if any).
- Can I have a non-Honors roommate?
With spaces being limited and in the interest of equity, we cannot allow non-honors roommates to take a space of an eligible honors student.
- How do I apply?
Applications are submitted to the Office of Residence Life in the month of March each year, for consideration of honors housing the following fall. From there, The Office of Residence Life works with the Honors Program in reviewing applications and making decisions.