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Theme House Application Guidelines

Whitworth's theme house program is designed to give students a unique on-campus living environment that focuses on an educational and/or service-oriented program of the residents' choice.

Each house is considered to be a part of Whitworth's housing system and therefore falls under the same community values and behavioral expectations as the residence halls. (See the student handbook for details of policies.) Due to the fact that the residents in these homes are Whitworth ambassadors to the Spokane community, the first violation of any Big Three policy may result in the cancellation of the house contract.

Theme House Program Goals

  1. Provide programs that focus on a particular interest or language and culture.
  2. Serve as a resource for the campus community by hosting monthly educational and social activities.
  3. Provide residents with opportunities to lead and serve others creatively.

Application Process

To apply, submit a creative proposal to the student life office before the deadline listed below. Your proposal should include ...

  1. Specific ways your theme house will meet the Theme House Program Goals (i.e., programs that you will develop and implement).
  2. The name of a faculty/staff advisor who is a salaried employee of the university. The advisor must meet with residents of the house at least once a semester.
  3. The names, I.D. numbers and class standing of all house members.
  4. The name of each resident's current RD (when applicable).
  5. The proposed theme-house name, which must clearly signify the theme of the house.
  6. The house's mission statement.

Important points to keep in mind:

  • Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, to the front desk in student life; proposals may also be digitally submitted to Theme houses will be chosen within the first week of April on the basis of the proposals' quality and creativity. Applicants will be notified via email. Junior- and senior-class applicants are preferred.
  • Specific houses may be requested; however, if your theme is chosen, it is not guaranteed that you will be assigned that house.
  • Placements will depend on other themes chosen, the number of residents in each house, and which house the university staff feels will best suit each theme and the needs of the university as a whole.
  • Current theme house residents must reapply with a creative proposal for the following year. Again, there is no guarantee of which house a theme will be assigned.
  • Proposals will not be returned to applicants.
  • First- and second-year Act Six students are not allowed to live in theme houses per that program's housing restrictions.
  • Please contact Libby McNay ( for more information.

House Descriptions

All houses are furnished with bedroom furniture, a desk and chair for each resident, a sofa, loveseat, coffee and end tables, and a dining room table and chairs. Whitworth will pay for all utilities with the exception of cable TV. 

Theme houses provide extra independence because of their unique living situation. As a result, you (the student) are required to provide the majority of cleaning supplies during the year. Facility services will, however, supply theme houses with one issue at the beginning of the year of consumer-grade cleaning supplies for their convenience. Additionally, any brooms or vacuums that are currently in the house will not be removed over the summer months. However, the university does not typically supply these to theme houses. If they break, the university will not replace them.