Platt-Howard is a centrally-located residence hall comprised of both upperclassmen and first year students. Traditionally, Platt-Howard has had the largest percentage of freshmen of all the residence halls. However, over the past couple of years it has become increasingly popular for continuing students. With this unique mixture of residents, the hall has a highly energetic and active residential staff who are responsible for wide variety of events.
Platt West houses the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) theme, a place where members of the floor embrace all forms of artistic expression, including writing, painting, drawing, dancing, playing musical instruments, singing, acting, or exploring previously uncharted artistic territory.
Platt East does not have a theme and is home to a strong community with a variety of eclectic interests, often overlapping with those of VAPA.
One floor of Howard is home to Outdoor Pursuits, where students with a great love and common interest of the great outdoors connect. Residents of both VAPA and Outdoor Pursuits strive to actively live and share their interests with the rest of Platt-Howard.
Because Howard’s “lounge area is so great and open, this community loves to entertain each other through games, snacks, and fun conversation. Random gatherings are never uncommon and usually involve chocolate chip pancakes!” - Kayla Garrett, Howard RA.
Platt-Howard houses the Platteau, a student-run art center with ceramics studio, photography lab, dance studio and common space for music, painting and other art work. Howard Hall was completely renovated during the summer of 2005 and now has new carpet, window coverings, lighting, furniture, direct network access and sprinklers throughout.
Take a look at a typical room layout for a Platt DOUBLE occupancy room or a Howard DOUBLE occupancy room. You can download either page for a closer look but keep in mind, this is just a sample room. Howard was remodeled during the summer of 2005 so all the furniture is movable. In Platt, we were fortunate to have been able to install new carpet but some of the furniture remains “built-in.” All of the beds in Platt and Howard are extra-long twin size with the bed frames having the capacity to be lofted.