The Mathey College community includes over 800 undergraduates, from first-year students to seniors. Approximately five hundred students, from all four classes (first-years through seniors) live in the college, sharing the college’s own dining and social facilities, study areas, computer clusters, and classrooms. They are supported by Residential College Advisers who are each responsible for a small group of advisees ("'zees") and joined by Peer Academic Advisers and Resident Graduate Students who provide additional mentorship and activities.
The college contains a college library, several study spaces and meeting rooms, a private dining room (where talks and meetings are held), a music recording studio, a film theater (shared with Rockefeller College), kitchens, and a dark room. The college is at once small enough to foster a sense of community, but large enough to encompass a diverse student population with a wide variety of interests.
The range of activities organized by the college includes intramural athletics, study breaks, and a wide variety of social and cultural events. Each year the college sponsors talks by Faculty and Community Fellows (“Wednesday Lunch Talks”), several student groups (the Writers Studio, the Newsmakers Dinner Conversation, the Firestone Society), including trips to shows, musical events, and sporting events in New York and Philadelphia. Many of these activities are selected, planned, and organized by the College Council, a self-governing body made up of the student residents of the college. In this sense, Mathey College is very much a participatory community.