The Affinity Housing Program (AHP) provides a unique living and learning experience that allows a group of students to live together while exploring a common area of interest. Student groups ranging from a group of like-minded individuals to members of the same student organization can apply to live together in one of Bucknell University’s Small Houses. The 14 small houses range from 9-40 residents and each offer a common living area and kitchen for the house to utilize. Each Affinity will have an Affinity Leader, Residential Adviser, and Faculty/Staff Adviser to guide their Affinity’s mission and values as they contribute to the larger campus community. Each Affinity is allocated a budget from Residential Education with which to provide intentional programming for their community that is related to the specific Affinity and falls into the following competency areas: Academic Success, Exploration and Leadership, Community, Diversity Inclusion and Social Justice, or Wellness.

Please note: NCAA institutions are not permitted to have athletic housing or dormitories, meaning no more than 49% of a particular house, dorm, floor, blocks, etc. can be made up of student-athletes. As you build your roster, please be mindful of individuals who are student-athletes. Rosters will be verified to make sure we are in compliance with NCAA rules. 

How do I apply to the Affinity Housing Program?

For Groups:
Application to the Affinity Housing Program consists of the following three steps completed by Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

  1. The proposed Affinity Leader completes the application.
  2. The proposed Affinity Leader submits a hard copy of the roster of students.
  3. The faculty/staff adviser completes the agreement form.

For Individuals:
If you are interested in one of our current affinity houses, please fill out the interest form. Once completed, the Affinity Leader will contact you for more information.

How will my application be reviewed?

Affinity House Program applications will be reviewed by a committee. Selection will be based upon a wide variety of factors including:

  • Timely completion of all all three application steps.
  • The strength of the mission and vision of the Affinity in relation to a specific need in the Bucknell University community.
  • The strength of deliverable goals for the 2018-19 Academic Year.
  • The presence of on-campus or off-campus community connections.
  • A well devised accountability plan for the recruitment of members who are serious about Affinity House Program participation.
  • If an Affinity is applying to return to campus for a consecutive year, previous community contributions, strength of programming, conduct of members, and the condition of the physical housing structure will be taken into consideration.

Application Timeline

  • Monday, Oct. 16 — Application opens
  • Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 — Application Google form, paper roster with signatures, and faculty/staff adviser agreement due
  • Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 — Decisions are sent out to applicants
  • Friday, Feb.  23, 2018 — Affinities accept or decline offer by each member acknowledging the electronic offer agreement
  • Friday, March 2, 2018 — Affinities must provide finalized roster to Housing Services for final placement.

Info Sessions

Want to know more? Visit one of our info sessions to learn more about the Affinity Housing Program and how to strengthen your application.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 7-8 p.m. in McDonnell Ski Lounge
  • Thursday, Nov. 16 12-1 p.m. in ELC 217
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 7-8 p.m. in Smith 300 Lounge
  • Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in ELC 217
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 8-9 p.m. in ELC 241AB

2017-2018 Affinity Houses

7th Street House: "Umoja"
7th Street House will focus on highlighting the importance of Umoja, which is highlighted through Kwanzaa events. Our mission is to bring people together as if we were a family and create an environment where everyone can feel welcomed. Often, people struggle with finding a place where they feel comfortable on campus and we hope our community will be a safe space for individuals.

23 University Ave: "Computing & Technology"
Our organization has been working to educate, teach, and assist in computing and technology topics since 1958. We have brought many distinguished lecturers to campus, organized many educational and competitive events, and hosted a series of panels aimed at helping underclassmen learn from the experiences of alumni and senior students. We plan to expand this success with the affinity housing program.

400 St. George: "E&I - Entrepreneurship and Innovation"
Fundamentally, we are a group of individuals who are fascinated by design and understanding how things work in order to improve them to benefit the common good. Our mission is to encourage intellectual growth and to create an environment unlike any other on campus, where members are perpetually challenging each other to think creatively. Our goals include providing members with opportunities that would not otherwise be available to them.

125 Strohecker : "Engin uity"
The mission of "Engin"uity House is to afford students with a mind and heart for service, structured opportunities to apply learned knowledge to community-based projects, with the intents of both strengthening connections among the Bucknell and extended communities, and providing meaningfully applied experiences for its residents.

Carey House: "Outhouse: Outdoor Education and Leadership House"
The mission of the Outhouse is to promote outdoor recreational activities and allow its residents and the surrounding community to share their love for the outdoors together. We wish to bring together more students with like interests and hobbies. Our goal is to promote environmental awareness and give the University community an opportunity to appreciate the outdoors. This community offers a great support system for its members who are often involved in a variety of activities all over campus. Our community will foster leaders within the Bucknell community to promote experiential education and personal growth.

Corner House: "Bohemia"
The mission of the Bohemia House is to foster a diverse and interdisciplinary artistic community by establishing a residential space in which students can collaborate, combining a variety of artistic perspectives in ways that will energize and rejuvenate the arts scene, the academic scene, and the social scene at Bucknell. We want to build community around the creative and performing arts, create a network to empower current students in the arts and appeal to prospective students in the arts.

Edwards House: "Women's Health, Wellness, & Empowerment"
Our mission is to create a safe community for young women, including transgender women, women of color, and women of diverse sexualities, focusing on bettering ourselves mentally and physically and learning from each other, our professors, and women leaders.

Galloway House: "Cap & Dagger"
The Cap and Dagger House seeks to promote the growth of the arts at Bucknell, provide ongoing support to the Department of Theatre and Dance, and uphold the university's commitment to liberal arts education by integrating living and learning, seniors and first-years, theatre and other disciplines, majors and non-majors, Bucknell and Lewisburg, and service and art - all within the context of a safe, empowering, and dynamic environment.

Hulley House: "C.A.L.V.I.N & H.O.B.B.E.S"
C.A.L.V.I.N & H.O.B.B.E.S strives to provide alternative, substance-free weekend fun for members of the organization and for the greater campus community. Almost everything we do is open to the campus and at no cost to the attendees. We typically hold two events every weekend, ranging from bowling to Nerf Wars to board games and movie nights. While many events receive attendance in the range of 15-20 people, some of our larger events have had more than 50 attendees in past years.

Leiser House: "International House"
Provide a unique opportunity in both living and international understanding; meet people from all over the world; build interest in learning about other cultures; seek out and explore cultural values of widely divergent belief systems; bring enthusiasm and curiosity for living and learning in an international community.

Martin House: "Environmental Health For the Community"
The mission of EHFC is to foster relationships in the community centered on how the individual can promote an environmentally sensitive lifestyle and sustain a healthier future for their children. We want our house to serve as the hub of a network which aims to effectively change the hearts and minds of individuals who believe that the projected deterioration of Earth is inevitable, and that their efforts, however big or small, are hopeless. We want to be the source of inspiration for the greater Lewisburg community by conveying the ripple effects of continued action.

Summit House: "Fran's House”
Fran's House, named after the late director of the LGBT Office Fran McDaniel, provides Bucknell University with LGBT-friendly, gender-neutral housing. The house serves a double purpose as a safe place for any LGBT individuals and allies at all times and as a sponsor of events to enrich the lives of LGBT individuals and allies on campus.

Taylor Street House: "La Casa de Excellencia"
La Casa is a space for students to create community, explore identity, and develop cultural awareness of cultures within the Latin diasopra which includes countries rooted in North America, South America, Europe and the Caribbean. While it will not be mandatory for members to be a part of LACOS, it is still our mission to craft a space where anyone can explore their own Latinx/Caribbean/Spanish culture.


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