• First-Year First

What does "First-Year First" mean?

We fill our traditional residence halls first with first-year students. Once all first-year students have a room in the residence halls, we will open up any remaining spaces to anyone else interested.


  • The Full College Experience: Learning doesn’t only take place in the classroom—it continues in the residence halls.
  • Expand Your Worldview: Residents from all over the world live on campus.
  • Join A Living Learning Community: Live on a floor with residents who share similar academic and personal interests with you.
  • Academic Assistance: Have access to study & meeting rooms, collaboration stations, and tech labs & lounges.
  • Support: First-year students experience similar transition issues. Having communities that focus on that experience provides increased support and resources because you’re surrounded by friends going through the same process.
  • Friends: There’s no easier way to make lifelong connections than to live on campus during your first year.


First-year designated communities have been consistently popular. The University has had designated first-year communities for many years, and we are committed to providing that experience to more of our first-year students. This is why we have decided to fill the residence halls listed below with first-year students first.

What Buildings Are First-Year First?

To put it simply, our residence halls are for first-year students, and our apartments are for anyone else. However, there some exceptions: Yudof Hall will be roughly 50% first-year residents and 50% returning residents, and Wilkins Hall (formerly apartments) is now specifically for first-year residents. See the full list of buildings and classifications below:


First-Year Halls

17th Avenue Hall

Bailey Hall

Centennial Hall

Comstock Hall

Frontier Hall

Middlebrook Hall

Sanford Hall

Territorial Hall

Wilkins Hall

Yudof Hall



Returning Resident Apartments



University Village

Yudof Hall