Social Houses

Updated for 2016-2017 Housing Process

In 1991, Middlebury College established mixed-gender Social Houses to replace the previous single-gender fraternity system. Social Houses are an active part of the campus community and provide students with valuable leadership opportunities. These groups fulfill their mission through a diverse array of social events, parties, community service and other events.

Middlebury currently has four residential Social Houses – Chromatic, Mill, Tavern, and Xenia – at locations across the campus. Members and residents share responsibility for developing community within their house and with their extended membership. As a group, the Social Houses are self-governed through the Inter-House Council (IHC). This body is comprised of the presidents and vice presidents of each of the houses. The IHC serves as a resource, advocate, and central voice for all of the houses. 

Social Houses are both student organizations and residential buildings. Funding for house programs comes from the SGA and all houses have constitutions and so have all the rights and privileges shared by all official student groups.

Social House Contacts Winter Term 2016

Prescott House

Alden Cowap '17
The Mill
Arnav Adhikari '16
Brackett House
Carmina Moorosi '17
Bowker House

Nathalia Gonzalez '17
Charlie Shotten '18

 APPLYING 2016-17

The application to form a new Social House will be available on January 12 and remain open until February 18.


New Social House Application Information

Applications for new Social Houses are accepted by groups of students for spaces throughout the campus. All submitted applications will be reviewed on the strength the program and the availability of appropriate housing locations. Please note that this is a competitive process and that not all submissions will be awarded housing. 

Small senior houses (eg. Turner House, Homer Harris House) are not available as Social Houses.

Likely spaces include but are not limited to the following houses.  

  • Palmer House (30 beds)
    14 singles, 8 doubles, bathrooms. social area, TV room, fireplace, library, kitchen (refrigerator, oven, stove, sink, storage), laundry, elevator, attic, basement, storage.
  • Meeker House (18 beds)
    14 singles, 2 doubles, 4 bathrooms, multi-purpose room, 2 common rooms, dining area, kitchen (refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, storage), elevator.
  • Homestead House (15 beds)
    5 singles, 5 double, 2 bathrooms, lounge, dining area, kitchen (refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, storage), parking.

 Application Information (2016-2017)

  • Application Available: January 14
  • Application and Preliminary Roster Deadline: February 18
  • Presentations: February 22 - March 10
  • Offers extended: March 11
  • Response Deadline and Final Rosters Due: March 14

 Presentation Guidelines

  • Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes.
  • Not all members of the group need to be present.
  • Multimedia equipment will be available (Powerpoint, etc).
  • Candidates should discuss the following topics:
    • The focus or interest area of the house.
    • Why a residential space would benefit that interest
    • A clear idea of how the creation of the House would benefit the community and what types of activities and events would be offered.
    • Resources your house would need to be successful.
  • A brief question and answer period will follow.


  • Once your group submits an application, the group Representative must email a complete preliminary roster by the posted deadline to Residential Systems Coordinator, Karin Hall-Kolts. This email must also be copied (cc) to all potential residents. Rosters must include:
    • Names of all of the residents in your house (must be primarily rising Junior and Seniors— up to two rising Sophomores may be included on the roster)
    • Full legal names only—no nicknames please
    • Class years for each resident
    • Names of any J-Term/Spring Term replacements for residents