Question: Take a hundred or so intelligent, inquisitive, talented young people with way too much metabolic energy and put them in the same living and social space and what will you get?

Reply: Impossible to predict in advance, but our conviction is that it’s a chemistry experiment that’s eminently worth pursuing.  If history is any indicator, the results will be both life-transforming and a lot of fun.

a large group of students and a few non-students pose in one of the Blount academic houses
Blount students and faculty hang out with Bill Nye, the Science Guy (he’s at center, toward the back).

The Blount Scholars experience extends beyond the classroom and the curriculum.  As a residential honors college cum living and learning community, we select for students who are not only academically and intellectually engaged but who view both the means and the end of such engagement as fundamentally social in nature.

One dimension of Blount social life is spontaneous and improvised.  First year students congregate in the many common rooms of the Blount dormitory to converse, play games (board games seem to be a passion with Blount students, though we’re not exactly sure why this is so), watch movies, and engage in all manner of impromptu shenanigans.

Another dimension of Blount social life is imagined and orchestrated in advance—largely by Blount students themselves.  Blountees are notoriously intrepid in creating organizations and working groups to pursue their interests and passions.  Open mic nights, student-faculty dinners, musical performances, poetry readings, game day parties, to name just a few, are among the events through which upper-class and first-year students create fellowship and community.  For a more robust sense of the mischief Blount students get into, see “Student Organizations” and “Rituals, Ceremonies, Events