Second Year Experience
The Office of Residence Life is excited to welcome you to CWRU this fall. As a crucial part of the second-year experience, our residential communities are a proving ground for your personal and academic transformation. The Second-Year Experience (SYE) program aims to provide residents with an environment to explore both new and deeper avenues for career and personal plans, and supports them as they define or sharpen a personal vision for their undergraduate career and beyond. Our goal is to help you build upon an already established foundation for future success.
SYE communities aim to assist you during your transition into your new surroundings and to connect you with the University through various academic resources, exploring campus life, attending residence hall programs, and connecting with our campus traditions. Our residential community directors and resident assistants will still live and work alongside you, but provide for increased autonomy. Second-year residential students live primarily in suite-style arrangements, consisting of single bedrooms connected by a shared living room and bathroom. This aims to facilitate students living within a more controlled environment that requires shared accountability and responsibility, while maintaining ties to the broader community through community lounge spaces, the dining halls, and experience-wide programming.
Carlton Road, Murray Hill and Triangle Towers comprise the three communities of the Second Year Experience. Our SYE staff are always exploring new ways to help you connect to CWRU. You’ll have plenty of chances to attend residence hall and floor programs planned by your resident assistant throughout the year. We also maintain annual traditions, which include SYE Welcome Week, Late Night Breakfast, Course Registration Party, and many more. These area-wide programs are open to all residential students and are great places for transfer students to make connections on campus.
The Office of Residence Life is excited to welcome you to CWRU this fall. As a crucial part of the upper class experience and independent living experiences, our residential communities are a proving ground for your personal and academic transformation. These communities aim to assist you during your transition in unique and forward-thinking ways. Our goal is to help you ensure you are prepared for life beyond CWRU by finalizing and executing your plans for post-graduate success.
The Upperclass Experience (UCE) includes The Village at 115 and Stephanie Tubbs Jones Hall. Resources and mentors come from a large variety of sources, including academic departments, colleges or schools, student organizations, Post-Graduate Planning, and Residence Life. Resident Assistants within UCE continue to provide support, guidance, and peer mentorship through a residential lens. This is done with the student in mind, with an intentional shift toward the experience being student-led as residents plan and execute their personal journey and individual narrative.
The Independent Living Experience (ILE) is housed within The Monroe, Hazel Apartments, and several other buildings. Each building is unique, and is designed to function like off-campus apartments that our students will experience after graduation. In recognizing that some upperclass students desire a different type of campus connection, the ILE allows residents the opportunity to increase their independence while retaining the assistance that on-campus living provides.
Residence Life, Housing, and other campus services support all residents as they think critically about their future, determine effective strategies for sustaining academic success, and ensure post-graduate planning for life beyond CWRU.