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First-Year Themed Residential Communities


Are you ready to join a Themed Residential Community?

All incoming first-year students will be able to select their choice of the available Themed Residential Communities when they complete their Housing Application, which will be available from the Office of Residential Services in mid-May.

2017-2018 Community Descriptions


ArtsAlive LogoAdvisor: Hyun-Tae Jung (Faculty, Architecture Department)

The ArtsAlive community connects living and learning through the arts on campus and in the local community. Activities will include making art in a variety of activities such as drawing, pottery, digital photography, improv theater, singing, musical instruments, dance, creative writing, glass blowing, and more! The community encourages participants to explore the arts and is open to all levels of artistic ability. There will even be opportunities to see events at the Zoellner Arts Center, ArtsQuest, Banana Factory, Touchstone Theatre, Godfrey Daniels, and other venues in the Lehigh Valley, New York and Philadelphia. The community’s goal is for students to exercise their creative energy and seek inspiration in multiple experiences.

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The Creative Commons: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community

Creative Commons LogoAdvisor: Lisa Getzler-Linn (Co-Executive Director, The Baker Institute for Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation), Jodie Johnson (Program Coordinator, The Baker Institute), and Marc de Vinck (Baker Professor of Practice in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship)

Creative Commons houses students from a variety of backgrounds with two things in common: big ideas and the drive to make them a reality. These students tap into their creative energy and explore their passions alongside of similarly motivated students through collaboration with The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship and innovators in and around Bethlehem.

“Creative Commons has some incredibly cool events from networking, to creating physical gizmos, to just hanging out with people with shared passion. Everyone here is very energetic about innovation and creativity which fosters an amazing atmosphere. Also, Will, our Gryphon, helps us realize our dreams by connecting us to resources, editing our resumes, or just chatting and being there when we need him.”  -Brian Tan, Class of 2019


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CHOICE: A Substance Free Community

Choice LogoAdvisor: Dr. Lucy Naper (Faculty, Psychology Department)

This community is committed to healthy, substance-free living and active engagement. The residents are connected with one another and are involved in enhancing the Lehigh community as a whole. The advisor and the Gryphon plan extra/co-curricular activities that promote a sense of community and foster individual success.

“The diversity and kindness that exists within this community made my transition to college effortless, and I am so happy to have made friends that will last a lifetime. CHOICE has become my family, and I am grateful to be a part of it.” - Grace Lin, CHOICE, Class of 2019


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First Generation

Advisors: Dr. Robert Flowers (Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs) and Susan Ellis (Program Director for the Academic Advising Center)

The First Generation housing community’s mission is to constantly provide first generation college students with additional resources and communal support, all while celebrating the diversity and richness of each individual’s background. This community aims to empower first generation students by supplementing education in a way that is conducive to different learning styles, alleviating family stress and pressures by providing a supportive and stress free environment, and celebrating the richness and privileges of being a first generation college student.



Global Lehigh

Global Lehigh LogoAdvisor: Jeanne Tan Ma (Assistant Director, International Students & Scholars) & Jen Topp (Manager, International Connections)

Global Lehigh is a community of domestic and international students interested in exploring different countries and cultures through events, meals, guest speakers, film, and more. Students will connect with Lehigh’s resources for globalization, including the Office of International Students & Scholars, the Study Abroad Office, and the Lee Iacocca Institute. Participation in immersive events and discussions celebrating international cultures will expand students’ worldviews and prepare students for leadership roles in the global community.

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Outdoor Adventure Community

Outdoor Adventure LogoAdvisor: Matt Kitchie (Director, Student Activities) 

The Outdoor Adventure community promotes outdoors sports, activities, and responsible stewardship of our natural resources. Hall/Floor activities will appeal to a variety of interests and skill levels, from weekend camping trips to hiking and skiing to themed movie nights - the choice is yours! The community goal is for individuals with a shared interest in nature to join together in outdoor activities and adventures, and to develop and spread their values of responsible management of our beautiful outdoor spaces and resources.

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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

STEM LogoAdvisors: Dr. Vassie Ware and Dr. Neal Simon (Professors, Department of Biological Sciences)

Supported in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the STEM living community will develop students for leadership roles in their chosen field. STEM housing features programming with experts, peer-to-peer mentoring, and close faculty advising for residents.

"We have been able to partake in scientific seminars, colloquiums, tours, and social events that have provided us the opportunity to embrace our interest for the fields of sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The environment is absolutely inclusive, and provides students the opportunity to flourish while meeting more students.” -Patricia Morales, Class of 2019




Advisor: Aarsenio Perry (Assistant Director, Student Activities)

This community helps residents explore diversity and multiculturalism. Throughout the year, the UMOJA family becomes a center of mentorship and support that is committed to identity development and learning about others’ experiences. UMOJA is sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Diversity, and the Office of Residence Life.

Photography courtesy of Christa Neu & Ryan Hulvat / Lehigh University Communications + Public Affairs