What is Meta Majors?

Meta Majors are career based clusters that are collections of academic programs that have related courses and career goals. Meta Majors assist students with establishing social and academic networks to enhance learning experiences and develop academic and career plans.

Coming in Fall 2023 incoming freshman students housing assignments will be based on Meta Majors! Meta Majors will be clusters of designated rooms in resident halls grouped for majors alike. We are excited to welcome this new opportunity for our incoming students to enhance the on campus living experience! 

For additional information keep up with our social media @wtresliving or call our office! 806.651.3000

Majors with Meta Majors

Click to see what majors are within each Meta Major!

Agricultural Sciences  
Chemistry and Physics Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences  
College of Business  
College of Engineering  
Political Sciences, Sociology, Psychology  
Art, Theatre, Dance, Music  
Communication & Humanities  
Health Sciences  


Why is WT implementing Meta Major housing?

Students thrive in the university setting when they experience a strong sense of belonging, and we expect that Meta Major housing will help Buffs find their own herds early in their educational journey. We are creating an environment in which students can connect with others academically and socially. By intentionally creating clusters of rooms for specific majors/classifications, students will be able to more easily connect with each other and receive direct programming and support from our staff.

Are all students required to live in their Meta Major? 

Meta Major housing is specific to incoming freshmen students. The other designations are sophomores and juniors and up. Sophomores may live with other sophomores or juniors+ regardless of majors. 

What if, as an incoming freshmen, I want to live with someone who is not the same major? 

You can make this request during your scheduled New Student Orientation.  

Is my Meta Major only in one residence hall? 

No. There are spaces available for each designation at all price points. Keep in mind that some halls may fill up faster than others. Look at the placement table above the FAQ section of this webpage to see your choices. 

What if, as an incoming freshmen, I have not decided my major? 

There is a Meta Major titled “Exploring” which includes undeclared majors. Students living in this cluster will be provided resources to explore their interests and help them find their passion. 

As an incoming freshmen, what happens if I change my major? 

Prior to attending your NSO, you need to contact the Admissions Office and request the major change. At the end of the fall semester, you will have the opportunity to change room/hall for the upcoming spring semester. Check your buff email regarding information for room change requests. 

As a current student, will I be in the same residence hall/ room? 

When current students reapply for housing, there will be designated rooms for returning students with availability in all four price points. While there is not a guarantee of the availability of your current room, we can assure you that there will be a space available to you. 

I'm a returning student, why can't I find a room on campus? 

The room designations were determined based on historical occupancy data and to help create communities of belonging for students. Since there is a limited amount of spaces for each designation you may find that you are unable to select a room.Historically, students cancel their housing between the months of May and August; when this happens, rooms will appear in the portal again, and you will be able to select your space. 

It feels like incoming students are a priority over returning students. 

We have designated enough spaces for every classification. If you have completed your housing application, there will be a space for you to live on campus. 

I am an incoming freshman, but I am applying for an exemption for living on campus. 

The only exemptions available to you are found on our Housing Requirements and Exemptions webpage

Is Buff Hall still available as a housing option for students?

Buff Hall is one of our most popular housing options for upperclassmen students. Due to high demand, housing in Buff Hall is no longer available for second and third year students in the Meta Majors. Historically, students cancel their housing between the months of May and August; when this happens, rooms will appear in the portal again, and it is possible that there may be some openings in Buff Hall for the upcoming year. 

Why isn't Buff Hall a housing option for first year students?

Due to high demand for second and third year students, Buff Hall has been assigned for upperclassmen students. First year students may look forward to the opportunity of living in Buff Hall during their second year and beyond. 

FAQ last updated on 6-8-23.