The philosophy of Wheaton's Residence Life program originates from the College's mission to develop whole and effective Christians. Wheaton College is committed to the residential housing model and views it as a powerful extension of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to transition through various campus communities as they move from the freshman and sophomore communities, to upperclass halls, to the junior and senior apartment and house communities. We believe that when students experience authentic community of loving one another and bearing one another's burden, lives are transformed. Our hope is that because of living life in intentional community students will grow spiritually, learn more about themselves, experience meaningful relationships, value and engage in Christ-centered diversity efforts, apply learning from the classroom to their lives, and better understand their responsibility to and the role they play in the communities they engage in. Our desire is that students catch a vision for living the rest of their lives in authentic community wherever the Lord leads them.