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Honors Residential College

The Honors Residential College (HRC) is an intentionally designed community for all first-year Honors College students. The HRC blends a state-of-the-art living facility complete with a variety of student desired amenities with a full slate of academic and social activities for similarly-motivated students. Surrounded by your Honors College peers, you will be motivated to reach your fullest academic and personal potential while making lifelong friendships during your time of living and learning on campus.

Explore our Residential College

Conveniently located next door to Western Dining Commons, all three halls are also a short walk away from the Armstrong Student Center and the Farmer School of Business. A significant departure from Miami’s traditional residence hall floor plan design, each hall is comprised of eight individual houses and packed with amenities including the latest safety features, such as fire alarms, suppression equipment, and electronic door access. In addition, Hillcrest, Hodge, and Young Halls are all LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

In these living spaces, you will have access to:

  • State-of-the-art living quarters open exclusively to Honors students.
  • A student-led community of peers, with student-crafted community and distinctive student-designed traditions.
  • Dedicated Honors academic and advising support in close proximity, including the presence of a Faculty-in-Residence.

Get an Inside Look

The residential component of the Honors College includes three recently-built residential halls — Hillcrest, Hodge, and Young Halls. Together, they foster a comprehensive and transformative experience by combining community activities with courses and enhanced academic support.

Building Amenities

outside picture of an Honors residence hall at sunset

Each building has the following features for all residents:

  • Air-conditioned
  • Large living room with fireplace and big screen television on the first floor
  • Full-size kitchen
  • Cold beverage & snack vending
  • Recreational room
  • Study rooms
  • Washers & dryers with WebCardCenter online monitoring and notification service
  • Indoor bicycle storage room

House Features

a student working on a laptop in a residential common area
All three HRC buildings have house style floor plans in each wing of the building. Each house has student rooms and the following amenities:
  • Large, comfortably furnished living room with lots of natural light
  • Large flat screen television
  • Kitchenette
  • Study room
  • Private and shared bathrooms

Room Details

a student working on a laptop in a dorm room
  • Twin-XL low-loft style bed with bed rail: 85″ x 36″ (80″ x 36″ mattress size) NOTE: dresser and bookcase will fit under the bed
  • Bookcase: 24″ x 15″ x 29.5″
  • Desk: 30″ x 24″ x 29.5″
  • Dresser: 30″ x 24″ x 29.5″
  • Mobile pedestal: 18″ x 24″ x 29.5″
  • Closet or wardrobe: 35 1/4″ x 23 1/4″ x 74 3/4″
  • Ergonomic chair
  • Mirror
  • Window shades
  • Ceiling lights
  • Small trash can
  • Recycling can
  • Environmentally-friendly, individually controlled thermostat for air-conditioning and heat (HVAC)
  • Overhead light and HVAC occupancy sensors
  • Six “arc-fault,” safety electrical outlets
  • Mini refrigerator

360 Immersive Building Tour Video

Experience the Miami University Honors Residential College amenities and layout with this 360 view of Young Hall, one of the three Honors Residential College buildings (structure and amenities are the same in all three halls). For the best viewing option, it is recommended you watch this video on YouTube in a separate browsing window.

Meet Our Faculty-in-Residence

Get to know our current faculty-in-residence at the Honors Residential College below. Learn more about the Faculty-in-Residence Program.

Sheila Croucher, Ph.D.


Dr. Croucher is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Global & Intercultural Studies. Trained in comparative politics, Dr. Croucher teaches courses on globalization and its implications for political and cultural belonging, including: ethnonationalism, multiculturalism, transnational migration, and cosmopolitanism. Her scholarship explores the implications of globalization and migration for the form and content of nationhood, the changing nature of citizenship, and the tug and pull of cosmopolitan imperatives and patriotic attachments.

Dr. Croucher's most recent work focuses on privileged mobility in the Americas, and specifically the migration of native-born U.S. citizens to Mexico and Central America. She is the author of Globalization and Belonging: The Politics of Identity in a Changing World (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003, 2018), The Other Side of the Fence: American Migrants in Mexico (University of Texas Press,2009), Imagining Miami: Ethnic Politics in a Postmodern World (University Press of Virginia, 1997), and Blacks and the Quest for Economic Equality (co-author, Penn State Press, 2009), as well as dozens of journal articles and essays. She is a recipient of the Miami University Distinguished Professor Award (2013), College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator Award (2009), and the Miami University Associated Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award (1998).Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, and gardening.

Carolyn Haynes, Ph.D.

Headshot of Dr. Carolyn Haynes

Dr. Haynes is a professor of English and a Senior Associate Provost at Miami University. She oversees liberal education, Howe Center for Writing Excellence, academic policy, academic program approval, strategic planning, space utilization, assessment of student learning, academic program review, and transfer and articulation. She is also Miami’s liaison to the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission (which accredits the University). Prior to serving in this position, she was Director of the University Honors Program for ten years.

Dr. Haynes is a past president of the Association for Integrative Studies, the national professional organization for the advancement of interdisciplinary studies, and she currently serves on the Publications Board of the National Collegiate Honors Council and as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. She has taught over 20 interdisciplinary courses, and consulted at over 20 higher education institutions on issues relating to interdisciplinary learning, student development, honors education, and student learning outcomes assessment. Her hobbies include playing classical guitar, hiking and cooking.

Honors College

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