Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Claire Hamilton

Advisor Department

Art and Design


Residence halls have a large impact on college students' experiences. Residence hall design can help foster higher GPAs, encourage more involvement on campus, and create a stronger sense of community among students. Colleges and universities should consider these factors when designing and constructing new residence halls or renovating existing halls. Different residence hall design styles can foster different results in the above mentioned categories. This study compares transitional style residence halls to suite-style residence halls. The purpose of this study was to gather results from surveying upperclassmen living in both types of residence halls to determine if one design style fostered higher GPAs, involvement on campus, and a sense of community.