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Minerva Program

Minerva Program

Where the academic, social and cultural intersect

Our campus-wide Minerva House system is a unique way of blending academic, social and residential interests. All students and faculty are assigned to one of the seven houses, where the overstuffed couches beckon, and discussions on anything from Euclid to YouTube inspire lively debate.

Many professors teach first-year preceptorials in their Minerva Houses, and some upperclass students live on the residential floors above the common areas. With a generous programming budget, the Minervas host hundreds of events each year, created and run by student house leaders.

  • All incoming students are assigned to a Minerva House. You're likely to take your First-Year Preceptorial in your house and to live in the same residence as other members of your Minerva. You'll also get to know the faculty assigned to your house.
  • Each house has its own student-run governing council and a generous budget for academic and social events.
  • The majority of events are open to members of all houses, but students generally are most involved in their assigned houses.
  • The top floors of the houses provide living space for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • All houses feature great rooms, seminar rooms and full kitchens for use by house members.

Dinner with Professors
Get to know faculty as people, not only teachers, when they immerse themselves in the Green House kitchen each week, cooking up their favorite meals, and conversation, with students.

Chesspresso
Two students who loved chess and coffee decided the combo was irresistible. Ideas percolated. Game boards proliferated. Members from across campus now make their way to Messa House weekly to play or learn chess while sipping freshly brewed espresso. 

Current events talks
Curious students want to know and understand what's going on in the world. They regularly reach out to faculty members to discuss the latest developments, from earthquakes to elections. No matter which house is hosting, there's always plenty of food and news to consume.

  • Beuth House
  • Breazzano House
  • Golub House
  • Green House
  • Messa House
  • Sorum House
  • Wold House

VIDEO: Dinner with Professors | Click play (above) or view on VIMEO