Perkins and Smith Halls are smaller residence halls, so they have a cozier feeling than some of the larger residence halls on campus. The community living areas, kitchens, and in-house classroom offer many opportunities for academic, social, and casual interaction among residents, and create the ambiance of a home. Perkins and Smith also boast some of the largest rooms on campus, with moveable furniture.
One of the biggest challenges a first-year student faces is finding a place to feel at home on a large campus among a sea of new faces. The Hilltop Scholars program provides students with an academic and social home base for their university experience.