Student housing was an integral part of the concept of residential colleges at Santa Cruz. While a majority of the students resided within the individual colleges on campus, the dining facilities would also accomodate the colleges' commuting members.
In 1965, two colleges were under construction, with occupancy planned for the fall quarter of 1966. Cowell College, the first, was planned to accommodate 600 students: 200 resident men, 200 resident women, and 200 commuting students. Adlai E. Stevenson College was planned for 700 students: 232 resident men, 218 resident women, and 250 commuting student members.
Six hundred members would be the average college size, but individual colleges could vary from 350 to 1,000 members. The provosts and their families would live within the college compounds; a number of fellows and preceptors would live in college apartments. In addition, some graduate student housing would be provided on campus. The first graduate student unit was planned occupancy in the fall of 1972; the second, in the fall of 1974.
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