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UWC-USA has six single-sex residences named after the highest mountains on each continent (except for Antarctica): Aconcagua, Chumolungma, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Kosciusko, and Mont Blanc. Each dorm has a separate common room (known as the day room) with a lounge area and a kitchenette. Dorms also have computer rooms with connections to the internet and a printer, and there is wireless service in the dorms. Most rooms are double occupanc. Second-year students share a room with first-year students from a different part of the world.

Each dorm has live-in, adult resident tutors (RTs) who work with assistant resident tutors (ARTs) to ensure that the quality of residential life reflects and promotes the school’s goals. RTs provide advice, direction, and support for the students in their residence, and they also uphold and enforce the expectations and rules of the school. The residential staff work with students to build community through group discussions, activities, and workshops. Student residential advisers (RAs) are elected by students in each dorm to represent and assist everyone in the dorm. Students help maintain the cleanliness in the dormitories by doing daily designated duties.

UWC-USA seeks to create a respectful community that encourages tolerancee and exploration of cultures, beliefs, faiths, and values. In the dorms, students learn to live with others and to appreciate the different perspectives each person brings to residential life.

Read the comprehensive Student Handbook, which covers all aspects of life at UWC-USA, from academics to rules and and the residential code of conduct.


Meet Danielle Maoz, '12, who came to UWC-USA from Israel.


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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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