Residential Learning Communities

WHAT ARE RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES (RLC)?

A Residential Learning Community (RLC) is an exciting way for first-year students to merge their academic priorities with their personal and social goals. You join a RLC based on your major or a particular focus area and live among other students with similar interests and degree plans. As part of the emphasis on community, residents share common classes and have access to other academic services and programming provided exclusively for RLC members. In addition, your first-year student success course will be co-taught by a faculty member and an upper-class student known as a Peer Academic Leader. The RLC program enhances your academic and social success by creating partnerships and study groups with other students in your major starting from your first day at UTA.

WHY JOIN A RLC?

RLCs are designed to enrich the residential experience for students and connect academic and extracurricular involvement.  Students in RLCs enjoy:
Reserved seats in important core classes
Participate in at least two common courses with your fellow RLC members
First year student success class focused specifically on being successful in your major
Connections with faculty members outside of the classroom
Enhanced program and academic opportunities exclusively for RLC students
Students live in the same designated area of a residence hall designed specifically for RLCs
Valuable personal experiences and advice from the Peer Academic Leader, an upper-class student mentor that also lives in the residence hall
Historically RLC students have been more successful in their other courses
 

AVAILABLE RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

The Architecture RLC provides students an opportunity to explore what it means to be a CAPPA student and build their professional knowledge and skills to enhance their performance as architecture students. 

Location: West Hall
Partnership: College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs
Required Classes: UNIV-AR 1131 & ARCH 1341
Academic Interest: Architecture & Interior Design
 
Joining the Business RLC will allows students to enroll in business courses as a freshman, participate in problem-solving activities in a business environment, and rapidly meet the admission requirements of the College of Business. 

Location: Arlington Hall
Partnership: College of Business
Required Classes: UNIV-BU 1131 & MANA 1301
Academic Interest: Business (any program)
 
The Leadership RLC is designed to create opportunities for students to learn about leadership in the classroom while also gaining real-world practice and application. The participants in Emerging Leaders create a tight-knit family of students who live, learn, and lead together as they start their journey of leadership and success at UTA and beyond.

Location: KC Hall
Partnership: Follett Student Leadership Center
Required Classes: UNIV 1131 & POLS 2312
Academic Interest: Any
 
The Engineering RLC assists students in exploring their interests within the various engineering disciplines and helps students explore career opportunities and emerging technologies. 

Location: West Hall 
Partnership: College of Engineering
Required Classes: UNIV-EN 1131 & POLS 2312
Academic Interest: Engineering (any program)
The Exploratory Studies RLC is a vibrant community of first-year students who share an interest in exploring their options to find a major that fits their interests, strengths, and career goals. 

Location: West Hall
Partnership: University Studies Degree Program
Required Classes: UNIV 1131 & POLS 2312
Academic Interest: Any
The Honors College RLC provides students with a community of peers to gain the most from their academic experience. Students in the Honors College RLC are immersed in a collaborative, intellectual, and close-knit social community with a focus on academic enrichment and excellence.

Location: Vandergriff Hall
Partnership: Honors College
Required Classes: UNIV-HN 1131 & POLS 2312
Academic Interest: Any, must be admitted to the Honors College
The purpose of the LGBTQ+ RLC is to provide inclusive housing, while introducing students to UTA and assisting them in becoming engaged in the campus community. This experience can provide personal success in your academic experience, while providing a support system along the way. 

Location: Vandergriff Hall
Partnership: LGBTQ+ Program
Required Classes: UNIV 1131 & WOMS 2315
Academic Interest: Any
 
Joining the Liberal Arts RLC provides students an opportunity to explore academic and career options, evaluate strengths and aspirations and how they apply to each discipline, and gain critical thinking and writing skills that will give them the competitive-edge academically and in their future career. 

Location: Vandergriff Hall
Partnership: College of Liberal Arts
Required Classes: UNIV-LA 1131 & POLS 2312
Academic Interest: Liberal Arts (any program)
The Men of Distinction RLC focuses on the retention and success of Black and Latino Males at UTA. Joining this RLC will allow students to gain a community of brothers and mentors who will provide them with a variety of experiences to enhance their personal, academic, and professional success. Members are expected to actively participate in MOD’s programming and weekly meetings on Fridays. Contact multicultural_affairs@uta.edu for more information.

Location: Vandergriff Hall
Partnership: Office of Multicultural Affairs
Required Classes: UNIV 1131 & POLS 2312
Academic Interest: Any
 
The Nursing RLC allows students to network with professional nurses, develop a professional portfolio, and experience expedited advising and registration. Students benefit from increased engagement with faculty and exploration of the variety of focus areas available within the nursing profession.

Location: West Hall & Arlington Hall
Partnership: College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Required Classes: UNIV-NU 1131 & BIOL 1345
Academic Interest: Nursing
 
The Research Scholars RLC accelerates student involvement in research through expanding their skillsets and preparing them for a variety of research environments. Students will have the opportunity to participate in class-based and outside of class research projects, explore and engage with research opportunities on campus, and learn from researchers in a variety of disciplines.

Location: West Hall
Partnership: Office of Undergraduate Research
Required Classes: UNIV 1131 & POLS 2312
Academic Interest: Any
 
The Science & Pre-Med RLC provides a tailored academic experience by uniting students with similar academic interests. This experience will enhance the skills they need to innovate, learn, and discover various fields in science, centered around development in the health professions.

Location: KC Hall
Partnership: College of Science
Required Classes: UNIV-SC 1131 & BIOL 1441
Academic Interest: Biology, including pre-med, pre-pharm, pre-dental, or pre-vet
The Terry Scholars RLC provides a unique academic experience by uniting recipients of the Terry Foundation Scholarship Program. This community is made up of individuals who demonstrate leadership and academic achievement. 

Location: Vandergriff Hall
Partnership: Terry Scholars Program
Required Classes: UNIV 1131 & POLS 2312 
Academic Interest: Any, must be awarded the Terry Scholars Foundation Scholarship
The Women in Leadership RLC focuses on the retention and success of women at UTA. WIL members have amazing opportunities for mentorship, academic support, and developing their leadership skills.  Members are expected to actively participate in WIL’s programming and weekly Friday meetings. Contact multicultural_affairs@uta.edu for more information. 

Location: Vandergriff Hall
Partnership: Office of Multicultural Affairs
Required Classes: UNIV 1131 & POLS 2312 [FALL] + WOMS 2310 [SPRING]
Academic Interest: Any
 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Visit the University Housing website and apply online through the Housing Application system.
University Housing

OTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have any other questions, check out our FAQ page or reach out to us directly by emailing rlc@uta.edu or visiting our contact page!

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Visit the University Housing website and apply online through the Housing Application system.

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