Shortly after acquiring Oakurst, the College renamed it “McKelvy House” and created the McKelvy Scholars Program, a co-ed community of about 20 intellectually curious students who have different academic interests and personal backgrounds. The McKelvy Scholars live in the mansion and participate in weekly student-led discussions with dinner on Sundays. Being a McKelvy Scholar is a great opportunity and honor as it is a fun, unique experience to broaden your perspectives and develop new friendships.

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Each semester the members of the Program organize a series of seminar discussions, usually centered around some broad topic of concern. Every Sunday evening the members gather in the large living room at McKelvy House and engage in discussion or otherwise pursue the specific topic prepared by the members responsible for the program of that meeting. Discussions and arguments that begin before or during these meetings often last long into the night or the next week.