Dorms

WRA has ten different dorms on campus, with a different style for every taste, from boutique to homey to historic. Faculty live in the dorms as house parents and 24/7 teachers.

Girls Dorms:

Cartwright House

Victorian, lush gardens

Carroll Cutler House

homey, central

Ellsworth Hall (Ells 1 & 2)

bright, spacious, above the dining hall

Long House

lovely, pristine, elegant

Boys Dorms

The Athenaeum

Beautifully renovated, rich with tradition

Bicknell House

classic, attached to the athletic center

Hobart House

small and cozy

North Hall

apartment-ish, on the Green

Dorm FAQ

Will I have a roommate?

Yes, roommates are determined close to the start of the new school year. Freshmen bond at a traditional kick off to the year called Camp Wise, a fun, supervised sleepaway experience with your many future friends.

What is a dorm head?

Dorm heads are faculty residents and nightly "on-duty" faculty adults who look after the well-being of dorm residents.

Can I decorate my room?

Students are allowed to decorate their room with non-permanent items such as area rugs, picture frames, and posters.

What is provided in the room?

WRA provides the following items:

  • Access to a vacuum
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Dresser
  • Mattress
  • Regular sized twin bed
  • Wastepaper basket

What happens if I don't get along with my roommate?

Learning to live with someone different from yourself is a fundamental and critical piece of WRA's residential life program and it is through living with a roommate that some of the most poignant memories and life lessons are shared and learned. Boarders will be given tools and freshmen will have some formal training in how to advocate for yourself, actively listen, negotiate and more. Issues or conflicts are resolved with a dorm head, duty crew member, prefect, advisor and/or the Office of Student Life. Only in highly unusual circumstances will we allow a roommate switch to happen.

Can I cook in my dorm?

Each dorm common room has a microwave, so you can heat up mac-n-cheese, ramen, or hot chocolate, but there is no real capability to cook in the dorm. We have dorm feeds and cookouts to encourage bonding and to provide study breaks.

How is my roommate determined?

The Office of Student Life works in conjunction with the Admission Office to match freshmen and new students. Returning students choose their own roommates.

What happens if I get sick?

Don’t worry; we will take care of you! Unlike most schools, WRA has a fully staffed health center right on campus with a school doctor, nursing and counseling staff. We are always here for you.

Will my room have wifi?

Yes, dorm rooms are equipped with wired and wireless access.

Can day students sleep over in the dorms?

Day students are welcome in the dorms when they are accompanied by a dorm resident. Only with special permission may day students be in the dorm common room, or in the dorm in general, during study hours. Day students can spend a weekend night with a boarder friend with permission from the dorm head and the day student parents.

Can a boarding student sleep over at a day student's house?

A student who wants to spend a weekend night at home or with friends needs to submit a Weekend Overnight Leave request and will require permission from the host parent and their own parent to approve the leave.


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