Living Groups

Special-interest houses are student-directed communities based on academic or co-curricular interests

Special-Interest Houses

Special-interest houses are student-directed communities based on academic or co-curricular interests. Students learn self-governance, engage in civic responsibility, share knowledge, and sponsor programs focused on a theme they agree upon as a group. Students often come together and seek permission to create a special-interest living arrangement.

Scholar House

About 20 students live together, by invitation, in McKelvy House. Students share a common desire for active learning outside the classroom, to live with like-minded peers who thrive on intellectual discourse. Members take turns organizing weekly discussions about timely topics and plan field trips.

Specialty Houses

There are also off-campus houses devoted to students involved in the Arts Society and Hillel.

Grossman House for Global Perspectives

The 25 Grossman House residents plan programming with the mentoring of faculty whose research and teaching address globalization.

Sororities and Fraternities

Six sororities and four fraternities are recognized on campus, each with its own house. All are affiliated with national Greek-letter organizations. Their role is to enhance the social, intellectual, and cultural life of the campus while upholding their founding values of brotherhood/sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, and service.

RSS Student Blogs

  • Kickoff Reception for Laf-Lehigh November 21, 2014
    Yesterday, I went with a few other members of the pep band to New York City for the kickoff reception that was being held at the Marquis Marriott in Times Square. It was an all afternoon affair that extended long into the evening. We left Lafayette at 1:00 and headed over to New York City […]
    Alexander Gordon-Sandweiss
  • Life at High Altitude: La Paz & Lake Titicaca November 19, 2014
    Bolivia! The final country on this semester-long adventure. We landed in La Paz on November 4th at 3:00 AM, after connecting flights in Madrid, Spain and Bogota, Colombia. After making our way through customs, our country coordinators greeted us with coca leaves to help us cope with the altitude – 11,913 feet above sea level. I […]
    Alexa Gatti
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