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Residential Learning Communities

Lab LLC Alumni share their wisdom at the first LLC event of the year Geektopia TC Students taking over the Savannah Comic-Con! Innovation LLC students hearing from local employers on what they look for in interns Students in the Global Crossroads community share their culture through food! Our Honors LLC students always have a great time together! Lab LLC students taking a break from their studies at iFly Atlanta Lead & Serve TC students volunteering at a local non-profit Lab LLC students getting to know the Advisory Board at the Faculty Game Night Innovation Students learning from faculty about new technology Lead & Serve TC students giving each other a hand on the high ropes course Innovation LLC students building a chair for the Greenfest Pallet Challenge Lab LLC students learning about the local ecosystem at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Lab LLC Alumni share their wisdom at the first LLC event of the year
Geektopia TC Students taking over the Savannah Comic-Con!
Innovation LLC students hearing from local employers on what they look for in interns
Students in the Global Crossroads community share their culture through food!
Our Honors LLC students always have a great time together!
Lab LLC students taking a break from their studies at iFly Atlanta
Lead & Serve TC students volunteering at a local non-profit
Lab LLC students getting to know the Advisory Board at the Faculty Game Night
Innovation Students learning from faculty about new technology
Lead & Serve TC students giving each other a hand on the high ropes course
Innovation LLC students building a chair for the Greenfest Pallet Challenge
Lab LLC students learning about the local ecosystem at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

University Housing offers students the opportunity to shape their living experience by participating in one of our Residential Learning Communities (RLCs). These communities are a unique way for students to live with others who may have a similar major, are involved in the same campus program, or who share an interest/identity.

Each of the communities has their own specialized programming, connections to campus partners, and requirements. Past RLC experiences have included Faculty Coffee Chats, field trips, common courses, study nights & course registration parties, RLC competitions, homecoming participation, community service experiences, and more! It’s a great way for incoming students to have a built-in support network from their first day on campus.

To learn more about each of our communities, their requirements, and how to apply, click through the sections below or view our RLC Brochure.

PLEASE NOTE: First round of RLC offers for the 2020-2021 year will be completed by March 1. Till offers are sent, your RLC application will say “offer pending.” Once you recieve your offer letter, you will be able to accept your place in the RLC.

Space is limited, so apply early!

Types of RLCs

There are two types of RLCs that we offer; Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) and Theme Communities (TCs). While both of these options provide students with the opportunity to live in the same residential space with fellow community students, there are some difference between them.

  • Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are composed of students who are in the same major or campus program. These communities have specific application requirements, participation expectations, and they may be required to move in early and/or be enrolled in connected courses. Our LLCs are supported by an Advisory Board of faculty/staff who help support LLC students academically, participate in social programs, and provide meaningful opportunities for engagement. Additionally, many of our LLCs have Alumni Mentors (past LLC members who help lead the community), opportunities to participate in a Student Advisory Board, and end of year celebrations.
  • Theme Communities (TCs) are composed of students with a common area of interest or identity. This commonality serves as a focal point for the community and students have the opportunity to go on trips together, participate in events based on the theme, become engaged in a mentorship program, attend socials, and more. Some of our TCs have participation expectations, the requirement to move in early, the opportunity to be involved in a Student Advisory Board, and/or have access to Alumni Mentors (Past TC members who help lead the community).

Benefits of Living in a RLC

There are many benefits to living in a RLC. Not only do you get to live with some amazing individuals, but you are provided with VIP access to campus resources, you are provided with extra academic support, and your residential experience is tailored to your interests/needs.

While each RLC is different in its activities and approach, they all have the common goal of helping students transition successfully and thrive in the college environment. National research has shown that students who live and actively engage in a RLC are more likely to:

  1. Have an easier time adjusting to the college environment. It can be daunting to move to a new place and start a whole new life. There are so many opportunities and resources available to students that sifting through it all can become overwhelming.  However, the RLC students are provided with additional support from faculty, staff, and upperclassmen so that they know what they need and how to access it.
  2. Have a stronger sense of belonging at the university. Time and time again, research shows that students who feel like they BELONG are the most successful academically, personally, and professionally. The RLCs offer students the opportunity to build a strong, supportive networks of peers, faculty, and staff from their first day on campus!
  3. Have higher GPAs. Many of our students live with others who have common majors and/or courses. This allows them to easily form study groups, attend tutoring together, and get more personalized academic support from our faculty partners.
  4. Be successful in their major or academic program. Our LLCs in particular set students up for success by pairing them with mentors, faculty, and staff who can help them succeed in their major and better understand the career opportunities available to them. This enables our students to make more informed choices about the courses they are taking, the possible career paths open to them, and how to best  succeed in their major/academic program.
  5. Stay in college and graduate on time. Because of the extra academic support and increased sense of belonging at the university, RLC students are more likely to graduate – and on time!

FUN FACT: We conduct assessment each year on the success of our RLC students.  For example, the Lab LLC is in its fourth year and we can already see that GPAs and retention rates of LLC students is higher than non-LLC students. Our first cohort of Labbies have been out of the community for three years, but they still have an average GPA that is .22 points higher than non-LLC students.

RLC Application Process

HOW TO APPLY FOR A RLC:
Incoming students have the option to preference up to two RLCs by following the steps below. Priority deadline for the RLC Application is March 1st for the Statesboro Campus and April 1st on the Armstrong Campus.

  1. Submit your Fall Housing Application and pay your application fee
  2. Refresh (or re-login to) your On-Campus Housing Portal
  3. Click on “RLC Application” on the blue ribbon at the top of the page
  4. Review RLC options and submit your preferred RLC(s)
  5. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive an email offering you a place in the RLC. You MUST log back into your RLC Application to accept a room in the community before you will be assigned there.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All students living in a RLC will have a $20 RLC Activity Fee added to their housing bill each semester.
  • Living-Learning Communities require a declared major / exploratory major or acceptance into a specific campus program. Before you can be offered a place in an LLC, you must meet this requirement.  Because of this, it may take longer to receive your offer – but don’t panic!  If you fill out the RLC Application we’ll know you are interested and we’ll be ready to place you when you meet those requirements.
  • If you listed a preferred roommate or roommate group on your general housing application, the preferred roommate(s) must also apply, be offered a place, and accept their place in the RLC before you will be housed together. 
  • If you do not have a preferred roommate or roommate group – No worries!  You’ll be placed with someone else who is in the community and you will already have a ton in common!
  • Once you accept a RLC offer, the RLC preference will be prioritized over room and non-RLC roommate preferences on your general housing application.

 

AVAILABLE RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES


 

 

ALLIANCE THEME COMMUNITY
Armstrong Campus (Windward Commons)
Open to any student, the Alliance community explores identity, culture, and meaningful dialogue while forming mentorship relationships on campus.

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GEEKTOPIA THEME COMMUNITY
Statesboro Campus (Watson Hall)

Open to all students, the Geektopia community knows how to have fun! Students in this community are interested in gaming, various fandoms, anime, comics, and more.

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EAGLE EDUCATORS LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY
Statesboro Campus (Eagle Village)

Open to students with a major in the College of Education, this LLC explores the complexities of the U.S. Education System and provides students with opportunities to learn more about how to succeed in the field of education.

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GLOBAL CROSSROADS THEME COMMUNITY
Statesboro Campus (Centennial Place)

Open to all students, this community houses international and domestic students who learn about each other’s culture while developing their campus pride together. This community is highly encouraged for business majors, international studies majors, or those interested in study abroad.

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HEALTHY LIVING THEME COMMUNITY
Armstrong Campus (Windward Commons)

Open to all, this community explores what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and learn more about career options in health-related fields. This community is highly encouraged for nursing, public health, health professions, and exercise science majors.

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HONORS LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY
Statesboro Campus (Centennial Place) &
Armstrong Campus (Windward Commons)

Open to students who have been invited to and accepted their offer into the University Honors program, this community helps students connect with peers, faculty, and upperclassmen in the program.

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INNOVATION LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY
Statesboro Campus (Southern Pines)

Open to students with a major in the College of Engineering & Computing, this community provides students with academic success workshops, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to build a professional network with faculty, alumni, and local companies. Check out our Provost Night and Egg Drop Challenge videos to learn about past events!

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LAB LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY
Statesboro Campus (Eagle Village) &
Armstrong Campus (Windward Commons)

Open to students with a major in the College of Science & Mathematics, this LLC provides students with academic assistance, strong faculty connections, and experiential learning opportunities. See our Lab LLC Video to hear from past students!

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LEAD & SERVE THEME COMMUNITY
Statesboro Campus (Eagle Village)

Open to all students, students in this community learn how to host large-scale community service events (HALL-oween and EGG-stravaganza) while they develop their skills as a leader. Students in the Southern Leaders program are encouraged to apply.

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RHYTHM THEME COMMUNITY 
Statesboro Campus (Southern Courtyard)

Open to all students, the students in this community share their musical passions, interests, and skills with others. This community is ideal for music majors and those participating in ensembles. 

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ROTC LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY 
Statesboro Campus (Southern Pines)

Open to all ROTC cadets and military science majors, the Army ROTC community gives cadets a place to unwind, socialize, and learn skills that will enable their personal, academic, and physical success in the ROTC program.

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Any questions about the RLCs, their requirements, or the application process can be sent to housingrlcs@georgiasouthern.edu or you can call our housing office at 912-478-5406.

Last updated: 4/15/2020