Residential Learning Communities
Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) at Appalachian State University provide students with a unique housing opportunity. Ranked as a 2010 Best College for Learning Communities by U.S. News & World Report, Appalachian RLCs offer great experiences for all students who choose to be a member of a particular community. In addition, research shows that students who participate in a residential learning community have a higher GPA and enjoy a better college experience. One of the best ways to develop strong friendships and succeed in college is to join a residential learning community!
We offer several options for students to choose from including those focused on particular majors, those linked to a specific First Year Seminar (UCO 1200) course, and others with a focus on a particular student interest. RLCs that are linked to a course and sponsored by a specific college or academic department afford students an academic learning experience outside of the classroom in a fun and educational setting. Students participating in most RLCs will take part in specific linked courses designed to connect the living-learning aspects of campus life. Each course is led by a faculty member with a unique syllabus and specific learning objectives in mind. Students in RLCs linked to a course will automatically be enrolled in a section of the required course(s) by the Coordinator for Academic Initiatives & Residential Learning Communities.
Students are encouraged to review closely the various options available and consider communities that are of interest to them. Most communities do not require a specific major - only an interest in the theme or focus of the community. At this time, transfer students are only able to apply for the Transfer Educators community and the Transfer RLC. If you are a transfer student, please review these two RLCs for further information. Please review each community description carefully as the application process for RLCs may differ slightly depending upon whether an individual is a new incoming freshman or a returning student.
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Student-Initiated Residential Learning Communities (SIRLC)
The Student Initiated Residential Learning Communities (SIRLC) program allows upperclassmen students the unique opportunity to begin and/or continue their involvement in Residential Learning Communities. These communities are created by students around topics and themes that they are interested in. Members of these communities play an active role in their own education and will have the opportunity to create a strong community around them.