The goal of the West Campus House System is to create an environment that closely links the residential life of upper-level students to the academic mission of the university. The development of the West Campus House System with faculty leadership at its core has been a product of years of planning by Cornell students, faculty and staff. The West Campus House System emphasizes informal interaction with faculty members, self-governance, social and cultural programming, privacy and independence. What residents on West Campus will find and help to build is a natural extension of the experience they shared as first-year students on North Campus. It is also a part of Cornell's vision to be the best research university for undergraduate education in this country.