Special Residential Experiences
NOTE: Gilpatrick House will be offline for student housing during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Residency in Gilpatrick House is open to students involved in research, as Summer Scholars, Senior Research Scholars, or participants in another intensive research program. With housing for only nine students, Gilpatrick House offers a special environment promoting community with classmates who share the enthusiasm of doing individual research across all disciplines. One student is selected as the Gilpatrick Fellow who serves as a head resident and plans events for the residents. This atmosphere is particularly welcoming to students planning to apply for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships such as Fulbright, Goldwater, Rhodes, and Truman.
Summer Scholar research students who are accepted to live in Gilpatrick House during the academic year will also be invited to reside there for the summer, thus eliminating the need to participate in summer housing lottery and move to a new residence hall in August.
- The Gilpatrick House has five double rooms that accommodate 9-10 students throughout the academic year. Priority is always given to students who are currently engaged in academic research (e.g., summer research, senior research).
- Kitchen, living, and dining areas are located within Gilpatrick House, as well as on-site laundry facilities.
- Gilpatrick also has the offices of the Gilpatrick staff and a seminar room.
In 1977, a group of students and Dr. Bob Alrutz, a biology professor at Denison, began an experiment. Their mission was to create an agriculturally based, self-reliant, democratic community. The land would serve as the experiment station; and they would test environmentally sound materials, agricultural and living practices. Faculty and students worked together performing research and constructing buildings. Homesteaders initiated seminar projects with a variety of teachers including Dr. Bob Alrutz and Dr. Paul Bennett. The original founders built three cabins to house twelve students, with the expectation that those cabins would come down and new ones would be built about every three to five years.
Today, the Homestead is a living-learning experience unique among American colleges and universities. It is a student-run intentional community with a focus on ecological sustainability.
Denison University’s programs, offerings, events and arrangements are subject to change in the event of exigent circumstances, including the ongoing COVID-19 situation.