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The Northern Suites
Location Mission Statement Community Description

Putt Hall

Fine Arts
(Picasso, Gillespie, and Fosse clusters)

The Fine Arts community provides opportunities for students to explore their interests in music, art, theater, and dance. This is accomplished by providing students relate-able programs and events and offering them the chance to interact with guest speakers and artists. By providing these experiences, we enable students to amplify their talents and increase appreciation for the fine arts.



  • Students enrolled in the College of Fine Arts, which includes the following majors: art and art education, music, theater and dance, interdisciplinary fine arts majors, and undeclared fine arts
  • Individual clusters for students in music, art and art education, theater and dance 
  • A Human Development and Environmental Studies cluster, family relations, and family and consumer sciences

    Delaney Hall

    Social Justice and Civic Engagement

    The Social Justice and Civic Engagement community engages students in a residential setting where individuals are encouraged to be involved locally and globally. Faculty, professional, and student involvement is realized through programming themed around related clusters. These enable students to develop holistically, to grow personally and academically, and to become agents of change for the betterment of society.

    • Law and Society Cluster (Students enrolled in criminology, political science, pre-law tracks, English, and sociology)

    Wallwork Hall

    Global Awareness

    In this community, we embrace opportunities to interact with, engage in serious conversations with, and learn from persons of diverse cultures and backgrounds. This is achieved by providing Asian Studies and Piso Cervantes clusters, by participating in programs with faculty and professional staff, and by being an active, engaged community member. Our shared perspectives allow us to partner in international education by broadening our understanding and appreciation of each other’s’ beliefs, cultures, and customs, leading to the knowledge and skill set to live and work in a global society.

    • Students who embrace and seek exposure to a culturally-engaging environment
    • Asian Studies Cluster
    • International students who desire suite-style housing
    • Piso Cervantes (Spanish)

    Suites on Maple–East

    Wellness

    The Wellness Community promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides opportunities for additional learning outside of the classroom. Learning is accomplished through programming, faculty speakers, supplemental instruction, providing resources, and by interacting with other students. The community is designed to support the improved quality of life and academic achievement of residents.

    • Students who ascribe to a philosophy of emotional and physical wellness and prefer a residential environment supportive of this
    • A cluster for students who lead a substance-free lifestyle
    • Clusters for students enrolled in the department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions (nursing, clinical laboratory science, nuclear medicine technology, and respiratory care majors), food and nutrition, and health and physical education 
    • A cluster for students interested in mindfulness practices

    Ruddock Hall

    Education and Educational Technology



    The mission of the living-learning Education Community (includes Communications Media) is to foster an environment that promotes the learning and development of students through supportive staff members, interaction with faculty, and delivery of resources and opportunities outside the classroom.


    • Students enrolled in programs leading to careers in the field of education, including early childhood/special education, middle-level education, and speech language pathology within the College of Education and Educational Technology, as well as all k-12 and grades 7-12 teacher education programs across the university
    • Cluster for students majoring in communications media

    Northern Suites

    Natural Sciences and Mathematics

    The Northern Suites community facilitates Living-Learning opportunities for students with majors in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, as well as Safety Sciences majors. This is accomplished through community-building and college transition programming, through major-specific programming within the building, including tutoring and academic support, and through community involvement and philanthropy. These activities are designed to enrich the residents’ college experience by helping them gain a deeper understanding of their chosen discipline, while acknowledging their obligation to the broader community and instilling lifelong learning skills.

    • Students enrolled in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, which includes the following clusters: 
    • students majoring in mathematics, computer science, and psychology,
    • students majoring in natural sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geoscience, natural sciences pre-professional, and physics)
    • Women majoring in math, science and technology
    • A cluster for students with a major or minor in safety sciences
    • A Transitions cluster for second-year students transferring from IUP Punxsutawney, IUP at Northpointe, or other higher education institutions
    Suites on Pratt

    Leadership Development

    The Leadership Development Community provides opportunities for students to grow and develop a strong sense of self and a habit of reflection to understand and appreciate personal strengths, values, and leadership philosophy.

    This is accomplished through the application of leadership development theory and our commitment to modeling social change and utilizing experiential learning opportunities to empower our students to become active citizens and leaders in the university community and the world.

    • A community with an emphasis on developing the foundational leadership skills for a variety of interests and disciplines
    • ROTC cluster
    • Women’s Leadership cluster
    • Intensified Study cluster

    Stephenson Hall

    Business

    The Business Living-Learning Community provides residential learning opportunities for students enrolled in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology residing in Stephenson Hall. Learning is fostered through collaborative learning and cocurricular activities between the college and the residence hall, with emphasis placed on business-related topics. These opportunities are designed to increase student retention and academic success by providing a bridge between their living and learning communities.

    • Students enrolled in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, which includes the following departments: Accounting, Finance and Legal Studies, Management, Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Marketing, and Technology Support and Training
    • Office Hours
    • Monday through Friday
    • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.