Clark Halls

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Houses: First & Second Year Students

Built: 1966

Named After: Ernest and Gertrude Gieser, the primary donors for Clark Halls. The hall was named for Gertrude Deborah Clark Gieser, paying tribute to her maiden name.

Interesting Fact: The bungalow structure of Clark Halls was purposely built to fit the surrounding Montecito area to look like a small village, winning an architectural award in 1966 for its innovative design.

Claim to Fame: Clark Halls has won 8 total Spring Sing Titles. The most recent in 2016, 2009, and 1990.

Vision Statement for 2017-2018: "Fill our place to overflow."

General Description: With tree-filled courtyards, cottages, and two-story buildings, Clark provides an ideal outdoor backdrop for activity and relaxation. Clark is one of the three mixed-class halls, comprised of 1st and 2nd year students. It houses up to 250 residents, with men and women living in seperate sections. Students socialize on the interconnecting balconies and stairways, or retreat to the large, grassy center of the complex known as "Clark Beach."

The three- or four-room suites share common bathrooms. Most rooms are double occupancy, with a handful accommodating three students. The central lounge features a large sun deck where students can enjoy the beautiful surroundings as well as a stone fireplace for cozy conversations. There are also several additional lounges spread out among the section clusters. Clark is the residence hall closest to the shuttle stop and the dining commons.


  • Clark Cruise: Kick off the year with an epic dance party on a boat! See your peers dressed in their best representation of the year’s theme as we embark from the Santa Barbara harbor.
  • Gotcha: Get ready and get stoked ... or soaked! An opportunity to practice your skills of secrecy, stealth, speed, and strategy. The goal is to get as many "targets" out, and be the last person standing as the victor of "Gotcha!"
  • Mr. Clark Love: Think beauty pageant and friendly competition. Male students represent their sections through their fashion, talent, and culinary skills. We wait with bated breath to see who will be declared the year's Mr. Clark Love.