W.H. Thompson Scholars Living Learning Community

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All William H. Thompson Scholars who live in University Housing their first year will live near other William H. Thompson Scholars in Harper Residence Hall (unless a housing exemption is granted – see below). The majority of community members living on campus will live together in Harper Residence Hall.

The following is more information regarding Housing contracts as a newly awarded William H. Thompson Scholar.

  • If you submitted a UNL Housing contract by April 3, 2015, you will receive an email from Housing regarding the next phase (Roommate Finder) and then the last phase (Selecting your hall and room). You will choose Harper Hall as your hall preference.
  • If you submitted a UNL Housing contract after April 3, 2015, you will receive an email from Housing in mid-May for the contract phases of Roommate Finder and Selecting your hall and room. You will choose Harper Hall as your hall preference.
  • If you plan on living on campus and have not submitted a Housing contract yet and your enrollment deposit has been paid or deferred, please do so immediately.
  • For more information regarding completing a UNL Housing contract, please visit the following website: http://housing.unl.edu/signup.

 Living-Learning Community Benefits

Benefits of living in the William H. Thompson Scholars Living-Learning Community include:

  1. Engaging with other scholars within the community to build lasting bonds, friendships, and networks.
  2. Experience a living setting that is active and supportive and is an exciting place to live and learn.
  3. Common place of residence that allows students a chance to plan, attend and explore various opportunities and resources, both within the community and the University as a whole.
  4. Peer mentoring/advising within residence halls.
  5. Special programming to familiarize scholars with various topics – including social, community, academic, personal, and professional.
  6. Out of classroom collaborative learning environment through use of the Study Café and interaction with mentors, tutors and faculty.

The success of the living-learning component has been an establishment of a family feeling among scholars. 

 Roommate Requests

If a William H. Thompson Scholar wishes to live with a UNL student who is not a recipient of the Susan T. Buffett scholarship, they may do so, but both must then live in Harper Residence Hall. 

  • The requested roommate can live in Harper Residence Hall with a William H. Thompson Scholar; however, the William H. Thompson Scholar cannot live outside of Harper Residence Hall unless he/she has received approval from W.H. Thompson staff due to meeting one of the housing requirement exemption criteria (see below).
  • If you used UNL Housing’s Roommate Finder to find a roommate and your roommate chooses to not live in Harper Hall, you can search for another roommate through Roommate Finder. Please contact University Housing if you need assistance with the process.

 Housing Exemptions

Scholars could be granted an exemption to the William H. Thompson housing requirement if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The scholar will be living in the Honors Program Housing.
  • The scholar has a major/course schedule which demands the scholar to live in East Campus Housing.
  • The scholar has special housing needs (i.e., break housing or housing with accommodations for those with a disability or special health needs).
  • The scholar will be living at home. UNL requires first-year students to live on campus if their home is more than 30 miles away from campus. Please visit the following link for more information regarding the UNL residency requirement: http://housing.unl.edu/housing-contract-policies.
  • The scholar will be living in a fraternity. Please refer to University Housing and Greek Affairs housing policies.

If you are having trouble accessing your on-line Housing contract, please contact:

University Housing Web site

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact: