Opening its doors in 1968, Hecht was originally called the 1968 Complex. In 1984, it was the first residence hall to be converted to a Residential College. As the first Residential College, Hecht was designated as the Honors College and was where most of the honors students were housed. Later, in 1986, it was re-dedicated and named Florence Ruth Hecht Residential College after the generous benefactor. Students in Hecht recently had the pleasure of hosting Florence Hecht at the Residential College's 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Hecht is a vibrant and energetic community that is home to approximately 900 first-year students. Located on the south side of Lake Osceola, Hecht is between the Wellness Center and the School of Architecture and across the bridge from its partner in the First Year Experience - Stanford Residential College. These first year communities are approximately a 5 minute walk from the University Center and 10 minutes away from most academic classroom buildings. Hecht residents share a dining hall with the residents of Stanford Residential College.
Hecht Residential College is composed of two co-ed 12 story towers, McDonald Tower and Pentland Tower. Each floor, has one central bathroom facility that is cleaned daily and floors are assigned to one gender. The towers are connected by a common area on the first floor where the front desk, Faculty Master's apartment, a classroom, study room, student mail boxes, Academic and Career Advisor in Residence (ACAR) office, vending machines, and laundry facilities are located. The Department of Theatre Arts is located on the second floor of the commons.
Offices for the Area Director, Assistant Area Director, and Office Supervisor are located behind the Hecht Front Desk in the main lobby. The Area Director for Hecht Residential College lives on the first floor of McDonald Tower while both Associate Faculty Master apartments are located on the first floor of Pentland Tower. There is also a computer lab located on the first floor of Pentland.