University of Virginia International Residential College
University of Virginia
University of Virginia

Mission Statement & History

Mission Statement of the IRC:

The International Residential College (IRC) is a vibrant, enriching, residential and academic community for undergraduate students, both domestic and foreign.


The International Residential College was created to explore 


global and cross-cultural issues on Grounds.  Applications to the

IRC were first available in January of 2001 and the IRC opened its

doors in the Fall of 2001.  The Founder and First Principal of the

IRC was Prof. Brad Brown who, for 12 years, led and developed

the IRC into a strong community of successful students with a unique

global perspective.


The student residential buildings are called Houses and include Munford, Gwathmey, Hoxton and Lewis.  IRC recognizes historical leaders of the area and the University of Virginia for these houses, and these leaders are listed below chronologically:

Meriwether Lewis was born in 1774 in Albemarle County, where the University of Virginia is now located.  In 1803, Thomas Jefferson appointed Lewis, who then recruited William Clark, to lead an expedition to map out the Louisiana Purchase.  The wealth of information provided by the Lewis & Clark expedition paved the way for the United States to expand westward, all the way to the Pacific.  He later served as the first American Governor of the Louisiana Territory.

Mary Munford, despite a wealthy upbringing, was well known for her life's work (1865-1938) as a champion for public education, improved race relations, and women's rights.  She successfully convinced the College of William and Mary to admit women for the first time, and then was later named as the first woman to their Board of Visitors.  In 1926, Munford was appointed as the first woman member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors.


Llewellyn G. Hoxton joined the faculty at UVa in 1906 and served as chairman of the Department of Physics from 1916 until 1948.  He was an authority in the field of Thermodynamics and was named Professor Emeritus after his retirmenet in 1949.  One of his students, Jesse Beams worked on the Manhattan Project and received the National Medal of Honor.

Roberta Hollingsworth Gwathmey was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from the Romance Languages Department at the University of Virginia.  Mrs. Gwathmey was appointed Dean of Women in 1935 and during her 33-year tenure the enrollment of women at UVa increased form 125 to 809.




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International Residential College at the University of Virginia 1-100 Mary Munford Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

Phone - (434) 924-3765 Fax (434) 924-3828 Contact

University of Virginia
University of Virginia 1-100 Mary Munford
Charlottesville, VA 22904
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University of Virginia Phone: 434-924-3765
Fax: 434-924-3828