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Preston Residential College

Students focused on advancing their service and leadership skills through unique academic, community building and travel opportunities join this community.

Going Garnet, Choosing Preston

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Spring Break Residence Hall Tour of Preston

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Housing Application Tips For New Students

The Housing application is open from February 15 until May 15, which allows plenty of time to complete the Housing application.  Be sure to take your time and be thoughtful in your answers to the supplemental application questions.  These questions are reviewed by the Faculty Principal and determine which students are selected into Preston Residential College.

  1. Why do you want to join Preston Residential College? Please reference leadership skills, personal/professional goals, interests, and/or skills you wish to develop.
  2. If accepted, how do you plan to participate and contribute to this Faculty-Led Community?
  3. What are you passionate about and how will you share that with the Preston community?

Community assignments are made on a rolling basis.  Once you have been accepted to Preston Residential College, you will have the opportunity in June to select your room via the online room selection process.

Want to know more about the complete housing application?  Discover more on our applying to University Housing page.


Our Community

Students in this community have access to opportunities that will improve their experience at Carolina and prepare them for their careers after graduation.  

  • Get involved with leadership opportunities within the residential college: a literary society, an a cappella ensemble, a sustainability team and more!
  • Become part of our community over food in our all-you-can-eat private dining facility.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to engage with faculty members outside the classroom.

Where We Call Home

Suite-style living for students who are passionate about advancing their leadership and service skills through unique academic, community building and travel opportunities, with a private dining hall and one of the best locations on campus.  

Take Classes With Your Peers

Preston students can take courses together, that cover a shared interest or fulfill a major requirement.  Discover classes you can experience with other students that live and learn in Preston Residential College.

Applying to Join This Community

Incoming Students: Submit your housing application, available on the housing portal via on February 15, and follow instructions to apply for a faculty principal community.

Continuing Students: Information about sign-up for Fall 2022 will be available in the Fall of 2021.

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