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New Web site provides residential college information

A Web site has been launched to provide undergraduates and other members of the University community with up-to-date information on planning for the new residential college system.

The site was developed by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of the Executive Vice President, in cooperation with the Office of Communications.

It offers a variety of documents and illustrations, including: the history of planning efforts; key reports and other planning documents that represent the work of successive groups of students, faculty and administrators; photographs and drawings of Whitman College and the planned reconstruction of Butler College; answers to frequently-asked questions about the new college system; and information about the current residential college system. The site will be updated as new information becomes available.

Undergraduate students and other members of the University community are encouraged to contribute suggestions, find out how to get involved in planning and provide other feedback by sending an e-mail message to

The residential college system, which currently includes five two-year colleges, is being transformed under a plan approved in 2000 by the trustees to increase the undergraduate student body from roughly 4,700 to 5,200. Under the new system, Whitman College, now under construction, will join Mathey and Butler colleges in housing students from all four classes, allowing for greater interaction among all students and more participation by juniors and seniors in the colleges' academic, social and cultural offerings. Each of the other three colleges (Forbes, Rockefeller and Wilson) will be paired with a four-year college, and all the colleges will include graduate students in residence.

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