Some dorms are BIG. Some dorms are small. Some dorms have inappropriate carvings left over from previous occupants. Whatever your dorm situation may be, you'll want to be prepared with ideas for gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Whether it be a shindig for everybody on your floor, or a meet-and-greet for members of your Anthropod Appreciation Society, these tips should have you well prepared.
1 to 4 People
Whip out the board games! Traditionally, most board games are square or rectangular in shape, and extremely rarely you'll find a rhombohedral board. For those of you who aren't familiar with rhombohedra, square board games will be perfect to accommodate four people. Check out Scrabble, Monopoly, or Twister if you're interested in getting REALLY close to your new college buddies.
5 to 7 People
Now that you've moved beyond board game territory, you've officially entered movie-watching territory. This is the perfect number of people for a movie, but you must be strategic when picking your film. You want something entertaining, but you don't want something TOO good, otherwise people won't communicate while your DVD player runs. Choose something funny and quotable, which will keep the room's momentum, and funny bones, alive. The collective works of Judd Apatow are often a solid bet.
8 to 10 People
You're asking for pandemonium if you sit this many college kids in front of a TV screen. For a group like this, you'll want to serve food. Get creative. Remember that movie I AM LEGEND? That's what they'll be saying about you, after you serve your guests frozen, whipped-cream-covered, nacho-cheese smothered peanut butter cups (PREPARE THIS TREAT AT YOUR OWN RISK!)
11 to 15 People
Dance party time! It only takes one ingredient to set up an epic dance party: musical genius. For inspiration, check out albums by Daft Punk, The Go! Team, Justice, Gorillaz, and of course Lady Gaga (admit it—Alejandro is a pretty catchy song!)
16 to 20 People
Unless you're dorming in Cinderella's Castle at Disney World, your room is probably not big enough for more than sixteen people. At this point, your best bet is to collaborate with your neighbors. This opens up a world of possibilities, and gives you the option to mix and match previously mentioned activities. Attendees will be in awe of your smorgasboard of things-to-do, including movies, music, unorthodox treats, and mind-expanding board games (for pre-med students, check out Operation!)
21 to 200 People
If you've got this many people interested in visiting your dorm, then congratulations; you are popular. At this point, you may want to spread your event over a course of days, in increments of 20 people or fewer at a time. This may seem like a strange idea, but the final Harry Potter and Twlight movies are being broken up into parts, so why can't you do the same thing with your dorm gathering? If Saturday night is Owen Wilson Enthusiasts' night featuring a screening of You, Me, and Dupree, then perhaps Sunday night is expand-your-fake-bank-account night with Monopoly!
200 People or More
At this point, a Youtube broadcast is your only option. Extra points if you know all of your guests by name!
What is your favorite type of dorm room gathering?