Leadership House

Imagine living with your new best friends, walking to class together every day, and getting exclusive access to leadership opportunities. That’s what you’ll find in Leadership House, which is open to a limited number of highly motivated first-year students.

Live with Other Leaders

Living with students who share your interests makes it easy to keep learning even when you’re not in class, and lets you form lasting friendships from your very first day on campus. 

In Leadership House, you’ll live with students who love leadership and community service as much as you do. Here, you’ll make friends faster, attend leadership retreats and jumpstart your leadership experience.

Students who are accepted into Leadership House live together in a residence hall on campus. You’ll gain valuable skills and experiences to add to your resume or Co-Curricular Transcript, and you’ll be paired with an upperclass mentor who lived in Leadership House, so they can help guide you throughout the year.

“Leadership House made the UB campus seem much smaller since I had instantly made 29 other friends.” 

– Former Leadership House resident

Learn Together

At Leadership House, you’ll be encouraged to spend time learning about yourself, others and your community as you enhance your leadership abilities and potential. Students in Leadership House enroll in the same leadership courses, and participate in a variety of other learning activities designed exclusively for them. 

Leadership House is a year-long commitment, with one required class each semester. During the fall semester, you’ll enroll in a foundational leadership course called Dynamics of Leadership (UBE 102). Here, you’ll learn about different leadership models and theories and how they relate to your own leadership journey, so you can form your own personal philosophy of leadership. The second semester, you’ll be enrolled in a Leadership Internship Course (UBE 496), which is focused on applying your leadership. You’ll learn about leadership opportunities on campus, connect with the community through networking opportunities, and focus on a community service project.

Be an Active, Engaged Citizen

Service is an essential part of the Leadership House experience, which is why you’ll have the opportunity to participate in service events across campus and throughout the Buffalo-Niagara community. Leadership House students also engage in a year-long service-learning experience, in partnership with a local not-for-profit agency. Together, these community engagement experiences let you build new leadership skills, give back to the community, and make a positive impact during your first year at UB.  


Interested in living in Leadership House? Here’s what will be expected of you: 

  • Be a first-year student (any major)
  • Live in the Leadership House residence hall
  • Enroll in UBE 102 (fall) and UBE 496 (spring)
  • Attend orientation on move-in day
  • Attend both the fall and spring retreats
  • Participate in at least one semester-long community service project each semester
  • Be an active member of the community by participating in required events
  • Challenge yourself to demonstrate leadership by taking initiative to get involved outside of Leadership House
  • Respect the diversity of the UB community and your Leadership House peers
More Living-Learning Opportunities

Discover more Living-Learning opportunities on the Campus Living website.

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Apply to Leadership House

As part of the application, you will be prompted to provide your demographic information, the names and contact information of two professional/academic references and will be prompted to complete a virtual interview through an online system called InterviewStream provided by UB Career Services. (Technical requirements: a valid email address and a computer with a built in web camera/attachable web camera and voice recording capabilities (i.e. microphone).

Once you have completed your application, look for an email from our office with more information! If chosen to move forward in the next round of the select process, you will be contacted to schedule a phone interview with a staff member from Student Engagement.


Applications for the 2020-2021 Leadership House Class will open on March 1, 2020.

If you have questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact Sarah Nordland, Leadership Programming Coordinator at (716) 645-6469 or email our office.

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