Minerva Programs

Student FAQs

How do I get into my Minerva House?

Your Union ID card will grant you access to the first floor of your Minerva 24 hours a day. It will also allow you access to the first floor of any Minerva House between 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Monday thru Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Fridays.

Any non-first year student can also potentially live in his or her Minerva. Room assignments for the Minerva Houses are based on a lottery system. If you live in your Minerva House, your Union ID card will also grant you access to the residential floors of your House.

What resources are available to me within my house?

Each Minerva House contains a seminar room, great room, work room, kitchen, and grill. Any member of the House may use these resources, as long as they are respectful of the equipment and reserve the space through 25live. The seminar rooms are restricted during class times.

Who should I contact if I want my Minerva to sponsor an event? What type of events will my Minerva House sponsor?

If you have an event idea for your Minerva House, you should attend your House Council meeting to discuss it with the House Council. They will walk you through proposing an event and requesting funding. If your event is approved, your House Council will assist with reserving a room in the Minerva and instructing you on how to purchase items for your event (if funds are approved).

Please keep in mind that it is not the responsibility of the House Council to plan your event. It is up to you to plan and advertise your event, as well as set-up for it and clean-up. If you need assistance during this process, you can contact your House Council leadership or the main Res Ed & Housing Office (housing@union.edu).

What are the ways to get involved in my Minerva House?

There are so many different ways you can get involved with your Minerva! As a first year student, there are House Council positions specifically created for you to get your feet wet. Our first recommendation is always to attend a House Council meeting to meet the student leaders and learn more about the house. From there, you can get involved with planning and hosting an event. You are always welcome to attend programs that sound interesting to you or if you can't find what you want on campus, the Minervas are a great place to create it!

The physical Minerva Houses are a place where you can cook meals with friends, practice on one of the pianos, watch a favorite TV show in the great room or study in the seminar room. Feel free to use it as if it were your own house!

How do I find out about what is going on in my Minerva?

You can find out everything happening in your Minerva (and elsewhere on campus!) through checking out U-Engage.

Are Minervas themed?

Minervas are not themed, and that is intentional, because they are a place to meet an interact with people who you wouldn't normally meet and interact with! Many of the Minerva House's take on the personality of the students who get involved and the programs they host. Because new students get involved every year, they continue to evolve each term.