Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health

This community is full for fall 2024.

What is the Ballmer Institute Residential Community?

The Ballmer Institute community is designed for students interested in improving the child mental health system. Students interested in the child behavioral health major will learn more about our workforce innovation, child behavioral health specialists. These bachelor’s-level mental health professionals will be trained to engage in early identification of behavioral health concerns, provide universal supports to promote well-being in all youth, and deliver early interventions to prevent the onset and progression of mental health concerns. 

Students in this community have the opportunity to live together in the New Residence Hall with other pre-majors and have access to exclusive academic and social events—including a trip to the Ballmer Institute at the UO’s NE Portland campus. 

Why should I choose to live in this community?

If you are interested in expanding equitable access to high-quality, evidence-based youth behavioral health support, this is the community for you! This first of its kind academic training program aims to transform the youth behavioral health care system and this community provides an opportunity for you to connect with other students who strive to make a difference in child behavioral health. Participating in the community has numerous benefits including an onsite academic and career advisor; regular programming to support your academic, career, and personal development; and dedicated space in which to study and connect with other students. Living in this community will prepare you for the transition to the Ballmer Institute at the UO’s NE Portland campus. 

What are the community expectations?

Although there is no course work associated with this community, residents are expected to meet with an advisor at least once per term and to regularly attend residential community programming. 


Residence Hall: New Residence HallStudents living in this community will select roommates who are also in the community.

Please note that communities can be moved to different residence halls if the size or need of the community changes.

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Who is eligible and how do I apply?

All pre-children’s behavioral health majors living on campus are encouraged to apply.

  1. Register for University Housing and select the community you prefer in the "Community Preference" section.
  2. Answer the community questions on your housing registration.

Completed community applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 1. Wait lists for communities will close May 15.

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