Learn, explore, connect...
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
-William Butler Yeats
Living on campus increases student satisfaction and success in so many ways because of the close community, connection to resources and opportunities for growth. Our Residential Learning Communities (or RLCs for short) take these to the next level by providing an enriching experience focused specific interests or academic majors that is tailor-made for them. By living in one of our RLCs you will live with students with similar passions while having a specialized experience by taking part in purposeful, engaging, and fun activities that add value to your residential experience. All of this and you don’t miss out on everything college has to offer.
- A sense of comradery develops when connections with others, who have similar aspirations and passions, are formed.
- Participate in a special and unique opportunity while having a shared college experience.
- Benefit from enhanced relationships with faculty and staff who provide resources and share their expertise.
- Freshmen RLCs are located in the Towers complex on floors with 2-person room types.
- Upperclass RLCs are located on Morse floors with three or four-person room types.
Living in an RLC gives you a leg-up with academics. You are connected to an academic program or department and will have better connections by the end of the year. Furthermore our RLC students report higher rates of RA Interactions:
- My RA spends time on the floor interacting with residents. 6.66% higher in 2014-2015 and +9.61% Higher in 2013-2014.
- My RA encourages me to plan activities in my community, participate in activities council, and/or get involved in campus organizations. 8.57% Higher in 2014-2015 and 9.5% higher in 2013-2014.
- My RA invests time and effort to get to know me. 10.25% Higher in 2014-2015
– My RA demonstrates care or concern for my personal and academic success. 7.17% Higher in 2014-2015
- RLC Students also report a being more connected to the Complex Coordinator. 7.72% higher in 2014-2015 and 10.98% higher in 2013-2014.
If you are interested in an enhanced community experience where you are more connected to staff, your peers and Faculty then check out one of the Residential Learning Communities below!
Our current Residential Learning Communities are:
- Education Community: We are partnering with The Teachers College to bring an exciting residential experience for those exploring education as a career. Your experience on one of our Education floors will enhance classroom learning and connect you to other Education majors. This community is available for freshmen in Towers and upper class students in Morse. Get more information about how the ERLC can benefit you here!
- Scholar Community: This academically-focused floor with a connection to the Honors program, is for freshmen only. You do not need to be a member of the Honors program; only the desire to be successful academically is required! Live in the Scholar Community for an enriching experience focused on scholarship, service, and leadership. Get more information about the exciting things happening on the Scholars Floor here!
- Global Living Community: Residents living on a Global Residential Learning Community have the opportunity for increased and intentional interactions with residents from various cultures. Residents will be able to expand their views of the world, while learning more about their own cultures. Residential Life will work in collaboration with the Office of International Education and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to create meaningful interactions and experiences for residents. Get more information on why living on our Global Living Community is so amazing here!
- Business Community: In collaboration with the School of Business we have created a dynamic freshmen community for those exploring a career in any realm of business. Share in experiences that grow your knowledge of corporate transactions and processes while involving you in the local business community. Get more information about how living on the Business Community can help you in any realm of business here!
If you are interested in being a part of our Residential Learning Communities, make the appropriate RLC selection when filling out your on-line, housing contract or contact the Department of Residential Life 620.341.5264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.