Second-Year Experience

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Second Year Experience

The Second-Year Experience (SYE) program provides students with an environment to explore new or deeper avenues for career and personal plans, and supports them as they define or sharpen a personal vision for their undergraduate career and beyond. Because the university believes that two years of residence are beneficial for student success, residence is required except in special circumstances, and most second-year students live in residence halls or Greek communities.

Second-year residential students live primarily in suite-style arrangements, with single rooms around a living room and bathroom, allowing each student to live with a smaller group of friends while still having ties to the larger community through lounge spaces, the dining halls, and class-wide programs.

Carlton Road, Murray Hill and SYE North make up the three communities of the Second Year Experience.

Community Buildings: Kusch House, Michelson House, Glaser House

Community Size: Carlton Road is home to 450 students, supported by a staff of one Residential Community Director, one Assistant Residential Community Director, and nine Resident Assistants.

Physical Space & Amenities: The community is located on the south side of campus near the Cedar-Fairmount neighborhood. The community is considered suite-style because six students live in single rooms and share a bathroom. Each building has a kitchen, a laundry room with free services and online monitoring system, a bike room, and lounge spaces with game tables, and vending machines.

Community Features: Carlton Road is informally known as “Top of the Hill.” due to it’s elevated positioning on campus. To reach this destination, students generally utilized the “Elephant Stairs” which connects the Carlton Road community with the Murray Hill community and the southern Housing office, Fribley. Being near the Cedar-Fairmount area, residents have access to a local grocery store, bakeries and many restaurants within walking distance.

To see what is happening in Carlton Road, visit the CampusGroups page.

Community Buildings: Alumni House, Howe House, Staley House, Tippit House

Community Size: Murray Hill is home to 370 students, supported by a staff of one Residential Community Director, one Assistant Residential Community Director, and twelve Resident Assistants.

Physical Space & Amenities: The community is located on the south side of campus near the Little Italy neighborhood. The community is considered suite-style because students live in six single rooms and share a bathroom and a kitchen/kitchenette. Each building also has a laundry room with free services and online monitoring system,  and lounge spaces with a TV, game tables, and vending machines.

Community Features: Murray Hill is informally known as “Bottom of the Hill,” due to it’s placement at the base of the Carlton Road community. Being near Cleveland's "Little Italy" neighborhood, residents are in walking distance of many restaurants and bakeries.

To see what is happening in Murray Hill, visit the CampusGroups page.

Community Buildings: Clarke Tower, Triangle 2

Community Size: SYE North is home to 318 students, supported by a staff of one Residential Community Director, one Assistant Residential Community Director, and ten Resident Assistants.

Physical Space & Amenities: The community is located on the north side of campus. The community is considered suite-style because eight students in a combination of single and double rooms share a bathroom and kitchenette. Each building also has a laundry room with free services and online monitoring system,  and lounge spaces with a TV, game tables, and vending machines.

Community Features: The SYE North Residential Community is located in Uptown Cleveland. Residents of this area are in walking distance of a number of restaurants, coffee shops and the many museums that call Cleveland home.

To see what is happening in SYE North, visit the CampusGroups page.