Forbes: The Transition to a Four-Year College

Starting Fall 2022, Forbes will welcome upperclassmen to either remain in, or draw into, Forbes College. It is a shift for the culture of Forbes, which we feel will enhance the reasons our residents come to love it here. For the most current information please see the Room Draw Guide.

This page will serve as a guide during this transition, providing helpful information about the process and the philosophy of the transition, and offer resources for your consideration. The below information is borrowed from an official message from Dean Jill Dolan, V.P. W. Rochelle Calhoun and the Council of College Heads.

The University will transition to a fully-integrated four-year residential college system, which will further our commitment to creating continuous living-learning communities for all undergraduates. Every residential college will have rooms reserved for juniors and seniors who want to continue to live in their college. 


In previous years, students in a two-year college who wanted to live in a residential college in their junior and/or senior year had to switch their affiliation to a four-year college. This shift was potentially disruptive to the continuity of community and advising support the residential colleges seek to foster.  Under the new system, all residential colleges will have some housing available for juniors and seniors, which will allow students to continue living in their residential college if they wish.

Going forward, juniors and seniors will have the option to continue living in their assigned residential college or to live in unaffiliated upperclass housing. All students, including those who choose to live outside of their college, will then retain their original college affiliation for advising purposes. The long-term goal of the new program is to ensure continuity of residential community and advising resources.  We welcome juniors and seniors who wish to be a part of the Forbes community in residence.

Current students who choose to live in a residential college as juniors and seniors will not be required to purchase a board plan but may do so if they wish. (This applies to the Classes of 2023 and 2024, and to the Class of 2025 when they become juniors.) Board plan requirement updates will be provided for the Class of 2026.