First College


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First College was originally built to accommodate the increasing size of the undergraduate student body. On completion of the “New Quad," as it was known then, students of all classes were permitted to live there. The college assumed the Woodrow Wilson College name in 1966. In 2020, it was renamed First College.

After the University initiated the Residential College system, the brainchild of former University president Woodrow Wilson, only underclassmen were permitted to live in New Quad. Residents could take their meals together in the college as an alternative to the eating clubs.

The college is centered on Wilcox Hall which includes Wilcox Dining Hall, a TV lounge, study space, ping pong table, a darkroom, dance rooms, a small theater and Julian Street Library. “J Street” contains more than 10,000 volumes and is a popular study area for underclassmen.

The college evolved from the Woodrow Wilson Lodge in the late fifties to include buildings constructed from 1928 to 1988. First College’s nearly 550 students enjoy a residential community where weekly lectures and language tables bring students together in a unique living environment.

  • Ceramics studio
  • Dance studio
  • Darkroom
  • Game room
  • Julian Street Library
  • Kitchenettes
  • Music rooms
  • Printer cluster
  • TV lounge
  • Yoga studio
Room Types
  • Singles
  • Doubles
  • Triples
  • Quads
  • Quints
  • 6-, 8-, 10- and 11-person suites
  • Private and hallway bathrooms


You and your roommate(s) may configure the furniture in your room or suite any way you like, but all of the furniture must remain in the room for the year. Standard furnishings include:

  • A single bed, which requires extra-long, twin-size sheets
  • A dresser
  • A desk and chair
  • A bookshelf
  • A closet or wardrobe for each person
  • Waste and recycling cans
  • Shades or blinds
  • Message boards at the entrance to many rooms