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William Keeton House

The facade of a college residential building with vertical girders and glass walls. A tree is in front, and there are picnic tables outside

Keeton House continues in the spirit of its namesake, William Keeton, whose research demonstrated that homing pigeons use no one specific thing, but rather multiple points and processes for navigation.

Likewise, Keeton House intentionally provides multiple points of reference and engagement from which residents can find their own way, all within an engaged living learning community. These opportunities range broadly:

  • Camping and hiking trips in the Adirondacks and Treman State Park
  • Trips to Corning Glass Museum, Niagara Falls, NY state fair, and local bee hives
  • Community engagement, including a Learning Where You Live course
  • The signature “Conversations at Keeton” series, where a special guest from around campus/the world is invited to share a conversation on a topic of their choice.
  • Graduate Resident Fellow led “Desserts and Discussion” series focused on hot topics in research and higher education
  • Indoor rock climbing, intramural sports, language learning, and food/craft opportunities
  • Keeton dinner discussions led by House Fellows

For more information about the Keeton House Community, visit the Keeton House website.  For more information about the West Campus community, visit the West Campus House System website.

Community Features: 

  • Open to transfer and upper-level students 
  • 300+ residents (approximately 65% sophomores, 25% juniors, and 10% seniors, with about 15% of the total population being transfer students) 
  • House Office for mail and key support, dining room, library, TV lounge, and laundry facilities
  • Single and double rooms along hallways with shared bathrooms, plus 37 four- to ten-person suites, each with its own bathroom and common space
  • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, and floor carpeting 
  • Wireless Internet Access 
  • William Keeton House rooms do not have air conditioning.

House Leadership: 

Each House in the West Campus House System is overseen by a live-in House Professor-Dean, a tenured faculty member who is the leader of the House's intellectual program, and a live-in Assistant Dean, a student affairs professional who directs the multiple functions of the House and shares responsibility with the House Professor-Dean for the realization of the House's educational mission.

Keeton House Professor-Dean: C. Lindsay Anderson, PhD., Associate Professor in Biological and Environmental Engineering

Keeton House Assistant Dean: Aaron King

Keeton House also has approximately 30 House Fellows who are associated with the community and interact with residents regularly. 

Dining options:

Residency in the West Campus House System includes a commitment to the House Meal Plan.

Mail and packages:

Visit the Service Center website for student mail and package information.


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