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Residential Life

College Houses

The College House System: An Overview

MacMillan House


Established in 1998, today’s eight College Houses are a cornerstone of the Bowdoin residential experience. Sometimes referred to as the “living rooms” of campus, the houses sponsor special meals, study breaks and other events for first-year affiliates.  They also host campus-wide events from lectures and film screenings to apple picking trips and registered parties. 

House Association and Choice

House residents are selected through an application process with input from faculty, deans, students, and staff. Successful selection is based on creative programming ideas and willingness to contribute to an energetic, cooperative team.  House officers gain leadership skills that often propel them to other highly visible leadership roles at the College. There is no shortage of support for these leaders- the Residential Life directors, deans in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, and faculty advisors all serve as advisors to the Houses.

All incoming first-year students are affiliated with a House based on their floor in the first-year bricks. First-year and upperclass students have full voting privileges and the opportunity to run for leader positions in their house. Upperclass students may also apply to live in their affiliated House.

2013-14 House Affiliations

Baxter House: Coleman Basement, Osher 3rd, Coleman 1st, Moore 3rd, West 4th *** Burnett House: Hyde 3rd, Osher 4th, Appleton 4th, Maine 1st *** Helmreich House: Coleman 3rd, Maine 3rd, West 1st, Appleton 2nd *** Howell House: Winthrop 3rd, Osher 2nd, Moore 1st, Maine 4th, Appleton 1st *** Ladd House: Winthrop 1st, Hyde 2nd, Winthrop 2nd *** MacMillan House: Winthrop 4th, Hyde 4th, West 2nd, Moore 4th *** Quinby House: Hyde 1st, West 3rd, Coleman 2nd, Moore 2nd *** Reed House: Osher 1st, Coleman 4th, Maine 2nd, Appleton 3rd