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Magis Row is an independent living learning community for students to pursue individual passions through the infusion of academics, service, and daily life. Reflecting on the Jesuit value of "Magis," students consider how to ask "more" of themselves and others. This unique Residential experience encompasses a continued commitment to personal growth through community engagement, social awareness, and leadership development with a dedication to service.

Learning Outcomes and/or Goals

Magis Row strives to create a dynamic community where residents interact with one another, identifying intersecting interests among a diverse, passionate group.

Although each Magis Row house has its own unique theme, we strive to foster a comfortable, inclusive community in which everyone has a voice.

Magis Row is an independent living learning community where residents can pursue individual passions through the infusion of academic and service. This unique residential experience encompasses a continued commitment to personal growth through community involvement, social awareness, and the development of leaders dedicated to service while ever striving toward magis.

In order to apply to Magis Row, each group must have a student coordinator. Note: You can only apply in groups of 4 and 5. The student coordinator will serve as the liaison between the group members and the Office of Residential Living. In order to start an application, the coordinator will need to:

  • Create a group, username and password. Click the "Create a new group" feature below.  Note: You can only apply in groups of 4 or 5.
  • Share the username and password with the rest of the group members, and make sure that the members add themselves to the group by clicking the "Add yourself to a group" feature below. Note: make sure all members use the correct username and password created by the student coordinator.
  • Once all members are in the group, the coordinator needs to verify the group. This is done by clicking the "Verify group" feature below.
  • Once the group is verified, all members need to make sure to complete the essay questions of the application. Note: application questions can only be accessed after the group is verified. Please click on the Magis Row tab, on the navigation/numbered line, to access the application questions and make sure to complete the questions fully.
  • Lastly, the coordinator is the person that needs to schedule the interview using the interview time slot feature in the application. The Office of Residential Living will be in contact with the coordinator with updates as needed.

Applications should ONLY be submitted by members who will live in the community in the Fall of 2018. You will have the opportunity to discuss study abroad switches during Magis Row interviews.

LLC Leadership

House Staff/Faculty Advisor & Community Director: Katherine Himmelman

Magis Row FAQs

Are faculty or staff advisors required?

Yes - All Magis Row houses are required to have an advisor who is either a University faculty or staff member. The advisor provides guidance for the house throughout their year on Magis Row and occasionally assists with facilitating events as well.

Do we pick which house we live in?

Residents do not pick which house they will reside in. House placement is determined by the Magis Row selection committee, including the Community Director, based on the size and needs of the group.

Do we pick which rooms we live in?

Yes, residents of each house are asked to determine who will live in each bedroom. Please note residents residing in singles will be charged a higher rate.

Are returning houses guaranteed the same house?

Returning houses are not guaranteed the same house. House placement is determined by the Magis Row selection committee, including the Community Director, based on the size and needs of the group.

Can we switch out students in the house each semester?

We encourage students to apply with a group that can commit to Magis Row for the full academic year to ensure a depth of programming. Occasionally, room switches mid-year are approved for a variety of reasons, such as study abroad or medical purposes. For more information, please contact the Community Director.

Are Magis Row houses co-ed?

Like other residence halls at Georgetown University, the Magis Row houses are not co-ed and students apply in single-sex groups.

I am interested in a topic that already exist, though all the current residents are graduating. Can I still apply with the same theme? If so, can the new group use the same house?

You can apply with the same theme as a graduating house (be sure to complete the new application as the returner application is reflective). We recommend reaching out to the current residents to learn about their theme and see if their focus is a good fit for your group. Applying for the same theme does not guarantee that your group will be accepted or placed in the same house. House placement is determined by the Magis Row selection committee, including the Community Director, based on the size and needs of the group.

2017-2018 Houses

contemplation in action logoContemplation in Action - The Contemplation in Action house is dedicated to the ideals of reflection and care of the whole person, hoping to create an intentional space in which authenticity and vulnerability serve as tools to help students process their thoughts, relationships and experiences at Georgetown. We believe that the three guiding questions, “Where have you been?” “Where are you now?” and “Where are you going?” are crucial to understanding how past experiences have shaped us, where we are in time, how we belong in our intersecting community, and who we strive to be as individuals. We hope for our house to be an escape from the busy and often overwhelming day to day of campus life, providing opportunities to seek peace, dialogue and community.

Sustainability in Dresssustainability in dress logo - Regardless of personal interest in fashion, what we wear is a choice we make every day, and these choices can have vast ethical implications for both the environment and human rights. By educating students about a resource that impacts every single one of us, we hope to make an impact on the clothing industry by encouraging students to be green and socially conscious in their fashion choices, through either changing buying habits, learning to DIY or upcycle, or donating to the community

queen house logo featuring a woman holding a globe

Queen House - Weightless: "It is not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." The mission and goal of the 2017-2018 Queen House is to provide a place for black women, women of color and their allies to replenish, resist and represent as we examine the role identity plays in our lives, how that identity translates to the broader society and the importance of sharing the weight.



flourishing house logoFlourishing House - A student culture of excellence and ambition can become counterproductive when it escalates to the extent students seriously compromise their health — mental, physical, and spiritual — in the name of grades and resume­ building. National survey data show Georgetown students suffer more than their fair share of stress. Georgetown offers a course called "Flourishing in College and Community" that aims to head the stress off at the pass by providing Hoyas with the knowledge, self care skills, and support systems they can call on to maintain a healthy lifestyle well into their post­graduate life. However, not all Hoyas take this course. The Flourishing House will thus be the vehicle through which the broader Georgetown community, especially non-traditional students, can gain access to the concepts of the Flourishing course.

urban logoURBAN (Under-Represented Brothers from Across the Nation) Legacy House - It was our freshmen year when we met five brothers that greeted us with open hearts and complete understanding. In a sense, they took us under their wings and gave us guidance. They showed us that it was possible to be successful both academically and socially. And most of all, they gave us a safe space to be ourselves. Ultimately, this is everything that URBAN House set out to be: a place for fruitful dialogue that creates lasting relationships and unity. It is for that we want to expand upon the legacy already created by the original URBAN Legends (as we like to call them). The URBAN Legacy Magis Row community serves as a support group, mentorship network and a safe place for dialogue on any issues facing the Georgetown, national, or the greater global community that our fellow Hoyas deem pertinent to discuss. This space also fosters mobilization on ideas and actions based on evidence. Additionally, we aim for our living learning community to serve as a comfortable place where men of color can feel at ease and relaxed. In sum, our mission is the same as our predecessors: we want to build bridges and add links.

stand house logoWomen’s STAND (Socioeconomic Ties and Network of Dialogue) - Women’s STAND House strives to establish socioeconomic dialogue through the creation of a space that facilitates community through peer-led understanding, dialogue, and reflection — the three components on which our mission is founded. Our community in diversity centers on socioeconomic inclusivity through an intersectional lens, with a commitment to building bridges across identities, creating dialogue, and serving as a safe, reflective space.

Men’s STAND (Socioeconomic Ties and Network of Dialogue) - Men’s STAND House is dedicated to fostering a community that cultivates dialogue and allyship among all students regardless of socioeconomic status. Guided by the Jesuit ideal of Community in Diversity, we strive to equip students with the tools to engage in critical discussions about the importance of socioeconomic inclusivity and unite students from a myriad of socioeconomic, racial, religious, and political backgrounds on the Hilltop.

Art Houseart house logo - As a community of creators, we believe that art is inherently tied to the idea of Magis, of doing more for others. In the words of the painter Vincent Van Gogh, "there is nothing more artistic than to love others." To accomplish this, we seek to create an inclusive space for all artists, promote dialogue on the role of art in fostering positive change, and plan meaningful events that engage the community.


Grátia Plénagratia plena logo - Grátia Plena, Latin for full of grace, is a community of women dedicated to growing in spirituality and the Catholic faith through love, service, understanding, and faith. We are committed to engaging the greater Georgetown community in a broad exploration of what it means to be a woman of faith.


2016-2017 Houses

  • Caritas
  • House of Books
  • Human Trafficking in America
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Intersectional Labor Justice House
  • John and Alicia Nash House
  • Meditation House
  • Queen House
  • Rooted
  • The Anchor House
  • U.R.B.A.N: Under-Represented Brothers from Across the Nation

2015-2016 Houses

  • Global Development Incubator
  • House of Books
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Magnificat: Catholic Women and Spirituality House
  • QUEEN House
  • Rooted
  • Student-Worker Solidarity House
  • The Lighthouse
  • Turbulent Middle East
  • URBAN: UnderRepresented Brothers from Across a Nation
  • Women Policy Makers: Manu Propria

2014-2015 Houses

  • Immigrant's Home
  • Female Empowerment/ Terra Incognita House
  • Magnificat/ Catholic Women & Spirituality
  • Justice As A Movement
  • Proactive Living and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Meditation House
  • Women Policy Makers
  • Renaissance House
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • SPARK (Students Passionate about Academic Research and Knowledge)
  • The Tree HAUS/ Hoyas Altering Urban Space

2013-2014 Houses

  • Catholic Education and Understanding
  • Contemplation in Action
  • Education for Social Change
  • El Hogar del Poder Latino (HPL)
  • Patrick Healy House
  • Renaissance House
  • Terra Incognita
  • The Leader Innovating for Tomorrow (LIFT)
  • Women in Science

2012-2013 Houses

  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Contemplation in Action
  • Patrick Healy House
  • Four Corners
  • Hinduism and Modern Issues
  • GU Men United
  • Latinas Advancing DC Youth (LADY)
  • LightHouse
  • La Casita
  • Renaissance House
  • Reverse GreenHouse
  • Social Change and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

2011-2012 Houses

  • Contemplation in Action (Male)
  • Contemplation in Action (Female)
  • La Casita
  • Cooking with a Conscience
  • Women United
  • Education for Social Change
  • The Body Positive House
  • Georgetown Urban Arts Patrons
  • Georgetown Urban Arts Patrons
  • Catholic Social Justice Teaching (Female)
  • Catholic Social Justice Teaching (Male)
  • Four Corners
  • Engagement in Community
  • Generational House
  • Promise DC