The Association of Residence Hall Students (ARHS) is the primary representative voice for the University Park residence hall community. The organization works to make sure that students in the residence halls have an experience that is more than just living in a "dorm" room. ARHS works with the offices of Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life to make sure that all parts of residence hall life meet students' needs.
Almost 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students live on campus, and ARHS has a lot of partners throughout the University that help it meet their needs. On the administration side, our biggest partners are Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life. On the student organization side of university life, ARHS has seven main partners: the six Area Governments and the Nittany Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The Area Governments have the same basic mission as ARHS, but they each focus their efforts on one of the six residential areas of the University Park campus: East Halls, North Halls, West Halls, South Halls, Pollock Halls, and Eastview Terrace / Nittany Apartments. Each Area works to program for and represent its residents. Council is composed of four individuals from each Area, a seven-person Executive Board, and about a dozen committee chairs and liaisons.
That, in a nutshell, is ARHS. It's a laid-back, fun, and very productive organization. The organization is a great place to have your voice heard if you are not satisfied with how things are going during your stay in the halls. If there's something you want to change, let ARHS know! We would love to hear from you and would love even more if you'd join in helping us further the mission of improving student life for on-campus students.