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Residential Learning Communities

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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.

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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, please view our 2021-2022 RLC Guidebook and/or by looking through the sections below. Additionally, you can click here to view a short video from from Erin McFerrin, our Assistant Director of Residential Learning and manager of the RLC program, discussing the benefits of living in an RLC.

Look Inside Our 2021-2022 RLC Guidebook

Types of RLCs

Types of RLCs Video

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

RLC Benefits Video

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

Application Process Video

HOW TO APPLY FOR A FIRST YEAR STUDENT RLC:
Incoming students have the option to apply for an RLC using 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. Once your application fee is paid and you begin selecting preferences, you’ll see the option to explore living in a RLC. See the 2021-2022 RLC Guide to learn more RLC options, application requirments, and engagement requirements you will be held to during the academic year to remain living in the RLC.
  3. Once you have reviewed the RLCs, you’ll be able to apply to your preferred community and preference available room types in this specific RLC. 
  4. After submission of your housing application, your status will change to “RLC Pending.” Our staff will review your application to confirm that you meet any RLC requirements. Once requirements are met, your status will be changed to “RLC Approved.”
  5. When you are approved, our staff will assign you a room in the community.  Our assignments are sent out in batches, so you may be assigned to a room in the community prior to getting an email confirming your assignment.
  6. Over the summer, staff will be contacting you about connected courses, early move-in, welcome events, and more as applicable for each community. Make sure to keep checking your university email!

PLEASE NOTE:

  • 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. Your request to join an RLC will take priority over roommate groups who do not meet this requirement.
  • 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!
  • Some communities require an early move-in to accommodate RLC orientation and welcome events. More information about dates will be communicated through spring/summer.
  • All students living in a RLC pay an additional $20 RLC Activity fee per semester to fund RLC programs, field trips, and more.

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.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A UPPERCLASSMAN RLC:
Returning students who wish to live on the Armstrong Campus have the option to join the R.I.S.E. Theme Community (for second year, sophomore students) or the FSL Village (for those who are a part of an organization affiliated with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life).  Students interested in these communities must fill out the Armstrong Theme Community Interest Form before selecting their housing with University Housing staff in the spring semester. 

Questions about the Armstrong housing assignments process can be sent to Hal McCool at hmccool@georgiasouthern.edu. 

2021-2022 Available RLCs

*TC = Theme Community

*LLC = Living-Learning Community

ARMY ROTC LLC | Leadership. Excellence. ROTC.
Statesboro Campus (Southern Pines)


Sponsored by Georgia Southern ROTC Program, this community is open to ROTC cadets and those with military science majors. The community gives cadets a place to unwind, socialize, and learn skills that will enable their personal, academic, and physical success in the ROTC program. Members of this LLC gain access to events and resources exclusive to the community, including athletics training workshops & test preparation with upperclassmen. See the Army ROTC LLC Info Sheet for more information about requirements, past programs, and more!

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CREATIVE LIVING TC | Sharing & Inspiring Self-Expression
Armstrong (Windward Commons) & Statesboro (Southern Courtyard) Campuses


While recommended for those with majors in design, art, music, etc - this new community is open to all students interested in sharing their creative passions, interests, and skills with others. A great place to make lifelong friends and collaborate with fellow creative souls, this community will inspire you! See the Creative Living TC Info Sheet for more information about requirements, programs, and more!

EAGLE EDUCATORS LLC |Making a Difference Through Teaching
Statesboro Campus (Eagle Village)


Sponsored by the College of Education, this community is open to students with declared education majors. Designed to help members successfully transition to the collegiate environment, this LLC focuses on academic success, learning about the diverse and complex needs of the U.S. Education System, and developing the skills to become a culturally responsive educator. See the Eagle Educators LLC Info Sheet for more information on requirements, past programs, and more!

GEEKTOPIA TC | Celebrating Geek Life & Culture
Armstrong (Windward Commons) & Statesboro (Watson Hall) Campuses


Open to all students, this community gives you the opportunity to share your love of geek culture by engaging in lively debates, game nights, field trips and more. Members of this community are able to explore how geek culture influences our society art and technology. Whether you’re interested in gaming, anime, comics, etc - members of all fandoms will have the opportunity to explore how geek culture influences our society, art, and technology. See the Geektopia TC Info Sheet for more information about requirements, past programs, and more!

GLOBAL CROSSROADS TC | Gaining a Global Perspective
Statesboro Campus (Centennial Place)


While ideal for those majoring in business, international studies, foreign languages, and those interested in study abroad - this community is open to all students who are interested in learning more about their global community. Providing domestic and international students with an unique first-year experience, this community allows students to learn about other cultures, share their own, and develop their school spirit through activities, trips, and social events. See the Global Crossroads TC Info Sheet for more information on requirements, past programs, and more!

FSL VILLAGE | Fraternity & Sorority Life Living
Armstrong Campus (Compass Point)


Sponsored by the Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) Office, this community houses second year and beyond students affiliated with one of the campus' fraternity or sorority chapters. Living in this community provides participant with the opportunity to develop their leadership and professional portfolios through community engagement and a values-oriented approach.

Should you qualify to live in the FSL Village for the 2021-2022 year, you must fill out the Armstrong Upperclassman Theme Community Interest Form before selecting housing for the upcoming year.

Stay tuned for more information on an FSL Village Info Session in early 2021!

HEALTHY LIVING TC | Empowering Student Health & Health Professions
Armstrong Campus (Windward Commons)


While ideal for those with health-related majors (public health, nursing, exercise science, etc), this community is open to all students who wish to live healthy lives. Whether you are interested in health careers or are just focusing on your own personal wellness, members of this community are able to motivate each other, form healthy habits, and seek to better understand community health challenges. See the Healthy Living TC Info Sheet for more information on requirements, past programs, and more!

HONORS LLC | A Community of Scholars
Armstrong (Windward Commons) and Statesboro (Centennial Place) Campuses


Sponsored by the Honors College, this community is open to students who have accepted an offer to join the Honors College. This community is a great way for students to engage with peers, faculty, and alumni through socials, service projects, and leadership development workshops. Honors students will appreciate living with like-minded, driven individuals who are just as dedicated to their academic and professional goals. See the Honors LLC Info Sheet for more information about requirements, past programs, and more!

INNOVATION LLC | Transforming Through Engineering & Computing
Statesboro Campus (Southern Pines)


Sponsored by the College of Engineering & Computing, this community is open to all declared CEC majors. Innovation students have access to academic support, professional development workshops, and opportunities to engage with faculty, alumni, and local employers outside of the classroom. With multiple competitive community events, common courses, socials, and more - this is a great place to grow and build lifelong friendships. See the Innovation LLC Info Sheet or our Innovation videos (Provost Night / Egg Drop Challenge) for more information about requirements, past programs, and more!


THE LAB LLC | Learning About Science & Math Together
Statesboro Campus (Eagle Village)


Sponsored by the College of Science & Mathematics, this community is open to all declared COSM majors. Through common courses, socials, workshops, campus lab tours, and more - students in this community have access to supplemental academic support and the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with faculty, LLC alumni, and their peers. See the Lab LLC Info Sheet and our Lab LLC video to learn more about requirements, past programs, and more!

LEAD & SERVE TC | Engaging Through Service & Leadership
Armstrong (Windward Commons) and Statesboro (Eagle Village) Campuses


Open to all students, this community helps students develop their leadership skills through workshops, reflections, panel discussions, and other activities to become positive change agents in their campus and local community. Participants have the opportunity to steer the direction of the community each year by determining group service events and planning campus-wide service events together. See our Lead & Serve TC Info Sheet for more information about requirements, past programs, and more!

R.I.S.E. TC | Residents in the Sophomore Experience
Armstrong Campus (Compass Point)


Open to all second-year students, this community helps students make the most of their sophomore year through peer networking, personal exploration activities, and professional development workshops. See the R.I.S.E. TC Info Sheet for more information on requirements, programming, and more!

Should you qualify to live in the R.I.S.E. Theme Community for the 2021-2022 year, you must fill out the Armstrong Upperclassman Theme Community Interest Form before selecting housing for the upcoming year.

Stay tuned for more information on a R.I.S.E. Theme Community Info Session in early 2021!

 

Have questions about our RLCs, the requirements, or application process? Submit a Question or Attend an RLC Info Session!

Submit a Question

Questions can be submitted to our RLC Question Submission Form and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please Note:

  1. If you would like general information about University Housing, have hall/facilities questions, need information on your assignment/billing, etc – please review the website (gsuhousing.com) or call the main housing office (912-478-5406). This form is specifically to answer questions related to the RLC Program.

  2. If you are a Family/Support Member for a prospective RLC student, please make sure you are including the STUDENTS information instead of your own. There is a place to leave your information below as well, but we need the student information before we can reach out to others.

Attend an RLC Info Session

We are offering general and community-specific information sessions about the RLCs.  To attend a session, click the link to register and don’t forget to fill out the questionnaire that will be sent to you from Admissions (not applicable for the R.I.S.E. Info Sessions).

GENERAL INFO SESSIONS

  • Wednesday, January 13 from 5-6pm – LINK
  • Monday, January 25 from 5:30-6:30pm – LINK
  • Wednesday, February 10 from 4-5pm – LINK
  • Monday, February 22 from 6-7pm – LINK
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 5-6pm – LINK
  • Monday, March 22 from 5:30-6:30pm – LINK
  • Wednesday, March 24 from 4:30-5:30pm – LINK

RLC – SPECIFIC INFO SESSIONS

  • Eagle Educators Living-Learning Community Info Session
    Wednesday, February 10 at 5:30pm – LINK
  • Lab Living-Learning Community Info Session
    Wednesday, February 17 at 5pm – LINK
  • Innovation Living-Learning Community Info Session
    Monday, February 8 at 5pm – LINK
  • R.I.S.E. Theme Community Info Sessions
    • Tuesday, January 26 from 5:30-6:30pm – LINK
    • Wednesday, January 27 from 6:00-7:00pm – Windward Commons Cove (Limited seating!)

Last updated: 4/5/2021