In January of 2000, a group of students recognized the potential for a substance-free living community on Bucknell’s campus. They enlisted the help of administrative staff to create a substance-free housing program for Bucknell. In August 2000, their hard work and planning became a reality: the CHOICE: Choosing Healthy Options in Community Environments) Program was born!
More than a decade later, Substance-Free housing provides a fun and dynamic living-learning environment centered on a theme of personal and community health and well-being. Bucknell University remains committed to supporting the interests of this group of students through housing, programming, and educational resources.
Substance-Free living now fills two residence halls on campus: Larison Cottage is home to our first-year students, and our upperclassmen live in Kress Hall. While the program represents partnerships between the Office of Residential Education and other administrative offices on campus, it is still and has always been all about the students. The students are the ones who make our substance-free living program successful.