Discover House

Group photo of Discover House residents at Nittany Lion Shrine

About Discover House

Discover House is a living-learning opportunity for students who wish to explore more than one academic option before deciding on a major. Located on the fifth floor of Beaver Hall, Discover House is a community of about seventy first-year students. In addition to the typical social and informational programming provided for first-year students, this innovative residential life experience includes special programs and advising to support students in investigating academic majors and careers. It is an ideal environment for beginning university life and for discovering how you want to shape your education.

Unique Opportunities for Discover House Residents

  • Discover House students may elect to enroll in courses with space reserved especially for them.
  • Advisers, students, and faculty from the various academic colleges present programs that introduce its majors, requirements, career opportunities, and special features such as internships or international study.
  • Faculty members from many departments visit to meet informally with residents.
  • Academic advisers conduct workshops that help students evaluate their interests, values, and talents and match them with academic majors.
  • The staff arranges small group meetings with career counselors and guests from a variety of professions.
  • There are opportunities for community service with housemates.
  • Students attend special events with distinguished guests from many walks of life.
  • There are leadership opportunities with the Discover House Council and in planning house programs.

The Pollock Halls Residential Area

Pollock Halls is the third-largest residence area on campus. Special features include the Pollock Laptop Library, a computer lab, a women's health clinic, The Mix (a venue that features a convenience store, a coffee bar, a grill area, and a stage for live entertainment), and Pollock Dining Commons. A Residential Computing (ResCom) Office in located in Pollock Commons and is staffed by students who are experienced in assisting with various computer issues.

Pollock has male, female, and coed residence halls, and most residents share a double room with one roommate. This residential area of campus is centrally located just blocks away from McCoy Natatorium (swimming pools), tennis courts, the varsity track and field facility, Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex (an ice skating rink), Eisenhower Auditorium, and HUB-Robeson Center and features several special living options.

For additional information on Special Living Options (including Discover House), call 814-863-1710. For information on housing selection and assignments, call 814-865-7501.