Special Interest Houses


Do you want to apply to live in a Special Interest House for 2021-2022?

We are looking for students who are passionate about living learning environments. The Special Interest Houses are living-learning communities where groups of students live together in a house and share in a common social interest. Within these communities you will build new relationships with other students, faculty, and staff while concentrating on your personal passions. The special interest program provides many opportunities for leadership development as well as mentorship opportunities through partnerships with academic or staff advisors that support the house mission and theme. 

Note: To live in a special interest house students are required to have completed 57 credits (or be recommended by a Messiah University employee) by the end of spring semester (we are willing to work with you on this one), they must be free of any probations (discipline, chapel or academic) and they may not have any past alcohol or tobacco violations.

Applications for Fall 2021 housing needs to be submitted by Friday, March 5th, 2021. Responses about acceptance or denial will be sent out by March 25th, 2021.

Information & Applications:

There are five houses on or near campus where students can live and learn together about a common theme. Some house themes have been around for several years and there are opportunities for new programs to be created. Check out the philosophy behind each special interest house, or check out the SIH facebook page to learn more. We invite you to apply (click on the link labeled "application" underneath the SIH you are interested in)!


Special Interest Housing Assistant Residence Director (ARD): Alyssa Reiff

Resident Assistant: Micah Wagner

Any questions should be emailed to

The Special Interest Programs:

If you are interested in a program, you can find the applications below.

  1. Rafiki House
  2. Restoration Houses
  3. CHP Harbor House
  4. Mindfulness House
    • A place to learn and live to be mindful of our lifestyle choices and mental health.
    • Mindfulness House application
    • Advisor: Jennifer Thomson

Additonal Applications and Forms

Interested in applying to be a house advisor?  You can find the application here.

To apply for a house with a new theme (or reapply as a theme that has not been fully established- 5 years consecutively in SIH): 

  • Applications are available online and must be submitted electronically
  • Complete applications must be received by Friday, March 5th, 2021

House Floor Plans & Information (PDFs)

House  Floor Plans Photo(s)
Bertram (Mindfulness House 2020) Bertram  Bertram
Foreman (Resto Women) Foreman  Foreman
Melhorn (Resto Men) Melhorn  Melhorn
Schrag (Rafiki) Rafiki  Rafiki
Woodland (CHP Harbor House 2020) Woodland  Woodland

*Programs are not tied to any particular house and their positions are determined by Residence Life and the Cocurricular Education Committee.