So much more than a place to sleep

At Conn, challenging discussions with faculty and peers continue when you leave the classroom. In your residence house, you'll have philosophical conversations with professors about everything from the perception of Americans abroad to the politics of hair. You’ll watch and critique current films and television shows with friends and classmates.

Faculty in the house

A group of faculty members, called Residential Education Fellows, will work closely with you and your peers to present informal talks, plan educational programs and host study breaks. Each of the 11 fellows—often called REFs—work with house staff to host a wide array of events throughout the year. You can count on a menu of a few of these events per week.

You can head to a common room and join a student-faculty conversation about the artistic process or a heated debate about world politics. Sometimes REF programs will take you out of the house and into the surrounding neighborhoods. You may find yourself hiking at Bluff Point in Groton or going to the Mystic Aquarium. 

Some recent offerings include:

  • Who lives? Who dies? Whose story is told? Hamilton, Diversity and Musical Theater
  • Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day
  • #Takingaknee: Sports, Politics, and Protests
  • Professors and Pups: Dogs in the Community Study Break

Class in your common room

There's nothing like rolling out of bed, heading down a flight of stairs and getting to class in 30 seconds. Our first-year seminars are small, discussion-based and writing-intensive courses, and many of them take place in the residence houses. That means your roommates and housemates might also be your classmates. It’s a great way to get to create a seamless transition between inside and outside-of-the-classroom experiences.