What is a Theme Community?
Theme communities allow students with similar interests to live together and participate in programs that cater to their academic, social, and personal interests and needs. Students living in these communities have opportunities to take part in unique, fun experiences with their peers while interacting with OWU faculty, staff, and student leaders. Theme communities give students the opportunity to engage in activities both on campus and in the greater Columbus community that enhance the overall collegiate experience.
All students, regardless of major, identity, or background, are strongly encouraged to indicate interest in a particular Theme Community on the housing application, which can be found in the Res Life Portal. All you need is your passion to make living in your theme community a successful and enjoyable experience!
Why should I join a Theme Community?
Theme communities are designed to help enhance the residential life experience for all participating students while connecting them to academic and extracurricular involvement. Students who choose to participate in a theme community enjoy:
- Intentional interactions with OWU faculty, staff and administrators
- Connections with student leaders and peers
- An increased level of involvement and sense of community at OWU
- Engagement in activities related to their Theme Community topic
Types of Theme Communities offered at OWU
First-Year Theme Communities - OWU Residential Life offers 9 theme communities for incoming first-year students that cover a wide range of interests. These communities can be connected directly to an academic program or be formed around a specific area of interest.
Upper-Class Theme Communities - If a group of returning students desires to live together in one of our residence halls around a specific theme, we encourage those students to contact Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin conversations about developing their theme community.
Upper-Class Theme Communities
This community offers students new to the Ohio Wesleyan community, but familiar with the college experience, the opportunity to live with other students who are transferring to OWU. This allows students the opportunity to develop a network of peer support while also living in a residential community with other returning OWU students.
Location: Stuyvesant Hall
First-Year Student Theme Communities