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University Housing

Center for Agricultural Leadership (CAL): Theme Housing

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To provide a supportive environment for freshmen agriculture students and:

  • to develop their leadership abilities.
  • to foster academic success.
  • to establish a strong identity with the College of Agriculture and with the agricultural industry.
  • to enhance opportunities for these students to develop strong relationships with those who share similar career objectives.

It is hoped that these students will become:  mentors, role models, leaders, agricultural ambassadors, and program builders for the College and industry.


Keeping with the mission of CAL theme housing, the goals are to: 

  • have a resident advisor (RA) who is an agriculture/agricultural business major with significant leadership experience;
  • conduct one leadership-related activity per month coordinated with the theme housing RA. This may include field trips, planning and participating in special events, and attending community/industry programs;
  • Ensure that all CAL participants are enrolled in a College of Agriculture class in both fall in spring semesters;
  • engage in appropriate social activities with other organized groups;
  • ensure appropriate academic support activities;
  • involve faculty and staff in CAL activities;
  • monitor the progress of all CAL participants.


  • 24 students will reside at CAL—23 incoming freshmen plus one (RA);
  • The students will be organized in cluster groups of like gender;
  • One-year commitment is expected from all participants;
  • Each member must participate in all CAL activities;
  • There will advising support from the College of Agriculture peer mentors.

Selection of Students and RA

A formal application process will be used to determine the best candidates.  The applicants are required to submit the formal application through housing and indicate that they are interested in our Theme House. All applicants will be reviewed by the RA, the Program Coordinator, the Success Office and at least one other faculty member.

Selection Criteria - CAL participants will be selected based on:

  • Grade point average
  • SAT/ACT test scores
  • EOP status
  • Socioeconomic background

Apply for Themed Housing

If you want to be a part of our optional themed housing, follow these directions to give yourself the best chance of being placed in one of our amazing communities

  • Start your University Housing Application and proceed through all of our profile questions.
  • Upon completing your License Agreement you will be directed to a page inquiring about your interest in Themed Communities
  • Please ensure that you choose “Yes” from the drop down menu. This will direct you to our Themed Community Questions.
  • Upon reaching our Themed Community Questions page, please fill out the required questions and denote which community is the one you wish to join.
  • Upon completing your questions you will be moved to the next page titled Room Preferences. This is where you have the option of choosing your community and room type preference.
  • If you are wanting to live in a themed community, you must select the appropriate community that aligns with the theme.
    • Example: If you wish to live in the Wild About Business themed community, you must select Whitney Hall as your hall preference.
  • Proceed and fill out the rest of our application, pay our initial housing fee, and submit your application.