Stats: Dravo House is home to 258 first-year students. This co-ed five-story building is comprised of single-gender halls of double and single rooms, with a few triples. There is a Gryphon on each hall and one Head Gryphon for the building.
All the rooms contain movable furniture and provide a bed, desk with desktop bookshelf, and desk chair for each student. Single and double rooms have one closet with drawers and shelves. Triples have an additional closet, dresser, and/or wardrobe. Check out floor plans here!
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Building Profile: (by Louise McCallie)
Dravo may be at the top of the mountain, but I think students would agree it’s one of the most gorgeous dorms. It tops the campus with elegance, it’s the capstone of tours and brochures – but it’s also a great place to live.
The People/The Community:
I lived in Dravo this past year, and one of my favorite things was that there was always something going on. Whether you’re in the mood for ping-pong or going out, you can find someone to join you. Dravo students have a healthy mix interests; as the home of the first-year CHOICE community (substance-free living), there are always a wide variety of programs and entertainment options available in the building for . For example, this year I attended programs about healthy eating, campus safety, and scheduling; I joined a great group of first years for a “girls’ night in”; and I learned how to make mozzarella! Talk about excitement.
However, if all this excitement gets to be a bit too much for you, Dravo is well-supplied with study rooms and niches. Lounges on the ground, first, and second floors are tasteful, clean, and great places to grab a little peace and quiet.
Dravo’s Gryphons are a team of students that any first year would love to have on her side. In addition to organizing diverse program options, they serve as a helping hand and a friend whenever college starts getting a little too overwhelming. I never felt silly or stupid asking a Gryphon for help.
First years in Dravo often find they’ve gotten some of the best housing available. The rooms are relatively spacious (exact measurements can be found online) and come equipped with two beds, two desks, and a closet with a shoe rack and shelving. Beds can also be bunked, if you go to Residential Services to get bunking pins. Singles only have furniture for one person, while triples will have extra furniture and storage space.
Other facilities available in Dravo include a laundry facility, kitchen, vending area, and lounges. Halls and bathrooms are cleaned daily, and students generally keep the common spaces neat. Dravo’s lobby has easy access to important phone numbers (Gryphon-on-duty, etc.), and the door of the Assistant Director of Residential Life is frequently open if you have questions or concerns.
Dravo is located halfway between the two main dining halls on campus, and Hawk’s Nest (a popular spot for late-night snacks and entertainment) is at the foot of the hill. Linderman Library is just a short walk away, along with Access Control (in case you get locked out of your bedroom during the day—Gryphons can help you with lockouts after 8pm) and many of the academic buildings.
- Command strips! But if it’s humid, they won’t stick as well.
- Fan (no AC in Dravo)
- A printer is good, but not required (discuss with your roommate beforehand)
- Floor rug
- Sturdy storage
- The microfridge is a good option (you don’t have to lug a mini-fridge from home, PLUS you can use a microwave!)
- Comfy shoes are a must!
- Flip-flops for the shower are another important item