National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)


In 1964, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. found itself with financial difficulties. Jim Tschechtelin, then NACURH Chair, began investigating possibilities for potential revenue sources and grants. Grants were found, but there were two requirements: a central NACURH office had to be established, and the member schools needed more services rendered. Thus, the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) was put forth as an answer to the second requirement service.

During the preliminary organization, the NRHH focused on the incorporation of old into new. Campuses with existing honorary organizations were contacted and coordinated into the NRHH structure. The primary focus of each chapter became the recognition of the residence hall leaders on its campus. This helped sustain a consistent membership in oncampus organizations as well as on the regional and national levels within NACURH.
The years between 1977 and 1987 were years of growth for the NRHH. Pins and certificates were produced to recognize the members of the Honorary; the tradition of regional and national receptions during conferences began and formal recruitment and affiliation packets were produced. Regional Recruiter (now called Associate Directors of NRHH) positions on regional boards were also established. Many awards were established including Of The Month Awards, First Year Experience, Outstanding NRHH Member of the Year, NRHH Building Block Chapter of the Year and Outstanding NRHH Chapter of the Year.
Today, over 200 chapters are affiliated with NACURH. Activities of these chapters vary from campus to campus. Some simply induct new members at an annual recognition banquet every (honorary chapter) and others are extremely active on their campuses and in their communities, coordinating leadership retreats, conferences, socials, hall or campus wide programs, fund raisers, and a whole host of other events. Some chapters have found a middle ground which suits their campus. Membership selection is conducted by each individual chapter. The chapter members represent the top 1% of the student leaders on campus and are those who have contributed extraordinary amounts of personal time and energy in order to provide the ultimate residence life experience.


Purpose of NRHH

NRHH is a great way to recognize those individuals who contribute to the residence halls and campus community simply by induction. In addition, NRHH is known for its leadership development retreats and community service projects. The NRHH Chapter can be responsible for the coordination of Community Service projects for NRHH, RHA, and the Department of Housing and Residential Life. As an honorary, community service is a high priority very close to recognition (our highest priority) and it is our goal to give back to the community in various capacities. The major benefit of having a chapter is the coordination of recognition on your campus. Possible events that a NRHH Chapter could coordinate for your campus are the RHA Awards Ceremony/Banquet, RA Appreciation Week, Residence Hall Month, and of course the coordination of the Of the Month (OTM) Award Process.


Vision Statement

As an integral component of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Incorporated (NACURH), the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) strives to recognize the top 1% of student leaders living in college and university housing at NACURH member schools. NRHH encourages the development and continued commitment to leadership within the areas of recognition, community service, and scholastics on the local, regional, and national levels.


Mission Statement

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is the premiere honorary supported by the leading international organization advocating for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development. NRHH strives to provide recognition for individuals who have contributed to the advancement of college and university housing. It ensures the advancement of member chapters through resource sharing, programming, and leadership development opportunities to contribute and support the vision of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Incorporated.   


NRHH 2015 - 2016 Application

If you are interested in joining, please complete the following application and deliver to the NRHH office located on the third floor of the Department of Housing and Residential Life building.