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Residential Learning Communities

Since the fall of 2004, on-campus students have been able to participate in an exciting program that is designed to meet their academic, developmental and social needs. Residential Learning Communities are places and spaces where students begin to explore the relationship between academic achievement and residential living. Here they will learn about themselves and one another as they explore relationships and shared experiences inside and outside the classroom. The intentional focus of the residential learning community program is providing students with programming opportunities that coincide and compliment what they are studying in the classroom. This makes living in a Residential Learning Community unique from living in other communities on-campus.

First Year Honors Community
  • John Ballantyne  
  • Designed for students in the Honors program 
  • Focus on developing a challenging education living and learning environment
  • Provides easy access to faculty in the residential setting
  • Added social and academic support through Honors Peers
  • Structured programs and activities are organized to coincide with classroom learning
  • Assignment to the Honors community is restricted to those joining the Honors Program, which is by invitation

First-Year Residential Living Community (RLC)

  • Southwest, Ritter, Eiselen, and Wemyss
  • This learning community is designed with the first-year student in mind
  • Students in the community are assigned to common Pacific Seminar sections so the same cohort of students can live and learn together
  • Study groups, focus seminars, etc. are held to coincide with what students learn in the classroom
  • Residential Student advisors living with students offer academic support and guidance

Engineering & Computer Science Learning Community

  • Southwest Hall, 1st Floor
  • Located immediately adjacent to the School of Engineering and Computer Science building - including the engineering and computer science free drop-in tutoring
  • Right next to the 24-hours Engineering & Computer Science open labs
  • Best of all, you will be surrounded by other Engineering/Computer Science students taking many of the same classes as you
  • Located within the Freshmen Leaning Community building that is co-ed. This allows you to take Pacific Seminar with other 1st year students 

  • What are the Benefits of Residential Learning Communities 

    Studies done throughout higher education institutions and publications consistently show that when compared to their peers, students who live in Residential Learning Communities benefit from the following:

    • Become more familiar with campus resources, offices, and services

    • Often meet friends sooner and become more comfortable within the community

    • Adjusting more quickly to the college environment in their transition from high school

    • Generally allows for more interaction opportunities with staff and faculty on campus

    • Better prepared academically (more readily participates in study/work/discussion groups)

    • Opportunities for deeper learning and engagement in and outside of classes.


  • First Year Residential Learning Community 

    The First Year Residential Learning Communities, located in Southwest, Ritter, Eiselen, and Wemyss residence halls, are designed with the transition needs of a first year  student in mind. Students who are in the residential learning communities are also assigned to the same Pacific Seminar 1 section (s) thus permitting the same cohort of students to live and learn together. With this intentional aim in mind, students have outcomes based programming opportunities that coincide and compliment what they were learning in the classroom (i.e. study groups, workshops, etc.). In addition, Residential Student Advisors live in the learning community and offer academic support and guidance to the first year students. These services include sessions on time management, preparing for tests, assistance with choosing a major, course, navigating general education requirements, or academic regulations, or personal adjustment in general.

    The Student Advisors in Residence are:

    Wemyss - Caroline Dozsa

    Eiselen - Bowen Au Young

    Ritter - Hansel Poerwanto

    Southwest - Ceci Chalasani, Carolina Aguirre, and Michael Williamson


  • First Year Honors Learning Community 

    The First Year Honors Residential Learning Community, located in John Ballantyne Hall, brings students from the Honors Program together in a residential setting to challenge and support their growth and transition to the Honors learning environment.  This is done by providing Honors students easy access to faculty in the residential setting, additional social and academic support through the Honors Peers, and structured programs and activities that coincide with what is learned in the classroom. Moreover, the honors community offers a wide array of extracurricular events and service opportunities, and boasts one of the highest participation rates in intramural sports.

  • How can I (my student) Sign Up to be in a Residential Learning Community? 

    Simply indicate on the Student Housing Contract online or on the Student Assignment Request form (paper) that you would like to live in a Residential Learning Community.