A dorm is likely to be different from anything a new student has ever experienced.
Most students share their living areas with roommates, though a few single rooms are available. The Student Life Office assigns roommates for all new students, while each spring, returning students choose their own roommates for the coming year. The Housemaster and other dormitory faculty play a unique role in residential life. They help create a community and ensure that students adapt to dorm life and school. They make sure that the dorm offers an atmosphere conducive to study and, at times, a social liveliness that builds dorm spirit. Holiday parties, movie trips and the frequent sharing of pizza, doughnuts or other snacks are all part of the dormitory experience at Blair.
Each dormitory, including senior dorms, has monitored evening study hours from 8 to 10 p.m. Students who have not earned study privileges must be in their rooms, the library or receiving tutoring from an individual faculty member during these hours. Most importantly, faculty do not disappear into their apartments at the end of the school day. They are present in corridors and common rooms, providing students with the supervision, help and encouragement they need to succeed.