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Brownstone Application

Community Development is pleased to open the brownstone selection process to all Columbia College and Engineering residential students with guaranteed housing. This exciting and distinct opportunity offers students the ability to form a group around a specific theme or focus and create a living and learning environment in one of three brownstones along 114th street. These brownstones provide unique facilities for groups to create integrated educational or service experiences in a residence-based community, and they offer exciting new potential for student-faculty or student-administrative interaction and collaboration. We invite Fraternities and Sororities, Special Interest Communities, new groups, or other groups of students with common interests to apply.  Recommendations will be made by the Brownstone Review Committee to the Dean of Student Affairs, who will make the final selection and placement in consultation with the Dean of Community Development. 

Through Residential Programs (RP), we offer learning opportunities beyond the classroom that support the academic mission of Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. RP provides experiences to students in residence that promote intellectual, social, emotional and interpersonal growth and development. RP fosters a variety of living and learning environments that allow for the expression of individuality balanced with a shared sense of responsibility for the Columbia community using the following five core values: Engagement, Development, Responsibility, Inclusivity, and Learning                                                        

The following brownstones will be available for residency, beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year:

536 West 114th: 22 beds (10 singles, 6 doubles)
542 West 114th: 18 beds (6 singles, 6 doubles)
546 West 114th: 16 beds (12 singles, 2 doubles)

Please note that while these are maximum capacities Residential Programs reserves the right to place a Residential Programs staff member into one of the bed spaces.

There are slight variations in the layout and amenities in each brownstone. Each brownstone has a kitchen, laundry facilities, and programming space.

Important Dates:

Application released: July 24, 2012

Brownstone Selection Process Information Session: Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 8:00pm-9:00pm in 401 Lerner Hall.

Brownstone Tours: Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 8:00pm-10:00pm.
536, West 114th Street
542, West 114th Street
546, West 114th Street

Applications due: October 5th, 2012, 9:00 pm

Group Presentations:
A limited number of applicants will be invited to present their group proposal to the BrownstoneReview Committee during the week of October 22nd. Additional information will be shared regarding housing information and expectations while in residence to those groups invited to present. 

Final Notification: November 30th, 2012

Group Representative/Organizer
e.g. 212-555-1212
Group Representative/Organizer
e.g. 212-555-1212
536 West 114th (capacity: 22)
542 West 114th (capacity: 18)
546 West 114th (capacity: 16)
The Brownstone Review Committee shall determine final placements
Current number of students interested in living in this space

(Note: Only existing FSL or SIC communities with current housing allocations in the residence halls in which the CU/BC exchange applies may include BC students at the existing BC cap.)

Application Format

Applications should not exceed ten (10) total pages in length and should be double spaced. Responses to each question should be thorough, yet concise.  Please be sure to indicate each of the five sections below in your application.


Provide a description of your group’s role at Columbia to include:

  • A statement of the group’s values.
  • A description Group’s on-going benefit to the Columbia community including evidence of any previous achievement in meeting its goals.
  • Explanation of how the group’s goals tie into the core values of Residential Programs.
  • If you are affiliated with a national/regional recognizing body, is your organization in good standing with that body? Please provide a letter of support for your application from your group’s Columbia advisor.  If you are an FSL community, please submit your ALPHA standards results from December 2011.


  • Explain how your group plans to use the brownstone to advance the mission/values of your organization.
  • Explain how your organization plans to incorporate the RP core values into the culture of the house.
  • Describe how the brownstone will increase a sense of community, both for your group or the greater Columbia community.
  • Explain how the group’s goals extend beyond the community.


  • Describe any successful programs the group has sponsored in the past.
  • Provide examples of the types of events/programs that might be planned.  (Note the maximum occupancy capacity of each of the brownstones is 75.)
  • What is the larger Columbia community access to events? What type? How many?
  • How will others be “invited” into the house?
  • If this is a new Special Interest Community, explain the intended focus of the programming.


  • Please provide information on how membership has grown or been maintained over the last two-three years.
  • Describe the expectations of group members with regard to participation in the group’s activities.
  • Explain how members will be held accountable for participation by the organization.
  • Provide information on how members of your group will be selected to live in the brownstone. Members choosing to live in the brownstone agree to have RP check that they are in good judicial standing.


  • Explain why living in a Brownstone will benefit the group.
  • Organizations with other housing assigned should explain why the Brownstone will be a better option for housing.

Please note the following Conditions for Housing:

If your proposal is accepted, and you are assigned to one of the Brownstones, you will be subject to the following conditions:

  • You must submit a tentative roster in Excel format with names of individuals (include first, last, UNI, and school affiliation) intending to reside in the brownstone, as well as a list of 4-6 alternates should the need arise. A Housing Chair must be designated.
  • The committee determines housing placement of each selected group. This placement is made for a three year period, subject to regular reviews, and the placement will be evaluated annually by an appointed committee consisting of students and administrators.
  • Failure to maintain a strong and successful program, to fill beds, or to abide by disciplinary rules could result in termination of the group’s assignment in the brownstone.
  • Participation is required in all meetings and trainings as determined by the Office of Residential Programs.
  • An advisor from the Office of Residential Programs will be assigned to work with each community.
  • On-going feedback and formal annual review will determine length of placement.

Please contact Dean Terry Martinez at should you have any questions regarding the application.


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