Residential Learning Communities

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Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) at Appalachian State University provide students with a unique housing opportunity.  Ranked as a 2010 Best College for Learning Communities according to U.S. News & World Report, Appalachian RLCs offer great experiences for all students who choose to be a member of a particular community.  We offer several options for students to choose from including those focused on particular majors and others with a focus on a particular student interest.

RLCs 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 set syllabus and multiple learning objectives in mind.  Students will automatically be assigned to a section of the required course(s) by the Coordinator of Academic Initiatives & Learning Communities.  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.


How to join an RLC           RLC Magazine 

Student-Initiated Residential Learning Communities Program     

We are excited that you are interested in living in one of our communities!

As you review the various options listed below you are encouraged to consider communities that are of interest to you.  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 Teacher Education Community and the Transfer RLC.  If you are a transfer student, please scroll down and review these two RLCs for more 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 student or a returning student.

If you have general questions concerning RLCs or the application process, please contact Matt Zalman, Coordinator of Academic Initiatives & Learning Communities at (828)262-8656.

Active Living THUMBNAIL For students interested in exploring various aspects of physical fitness and personal wellness while building strength and character.

ACES logo For students preparing for a career in education.

For students interested in all areas of performing and fine art including, but not limited to, theatre, dance, graphic design, art education, music, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

A supportive environment where students can learn about diverse gender identities and sexualities.

Black and Gold THUMBNAIL
For those with school spirit and Appalachian pride!  Members attend sporting events, participate in Homecoming together, and learn what it means to truly be a Mountaineer.

Brain Matters THUMBNAIL
A psychology community for students who want to explore why people act, think, and feel the way they do.

Business Exploration THUMBNAIL For students considering a business major.  Explore all areas of business and understand how they work together.

For students interested in exploring fields in the Health Sciences.

Honors College THUMBNAIL
For students with plans that include international fellowships, graduate education, and careers that will shape the future. 

Language & Culture THUMBNAIL
For students who want to practice and expand their knowledge of the global community.

Living Free THUMBNAIL For students who choose to live substance free and who have made a commitment to not use alcohol or other drugs.

Living Green THUMBNAIL
For students who are interested in environmental protection and sustainability and wish to live in an environmentally responsible community.

For out-of-state students that want to form a more in-depth connection with other out-of-state students, the University, and the community of Boone.

Outdoor Community THUMBNAIL. For students who are interested in developing outdoor leadership skills and exploring career opportunities in outdoor recreation.  No previous experience required!

ROTC title pic thumbnail For students interested in military leadership, esprit de corps among cadets, a support network for academic classes, physical fitness training, and exposure to US Army customs and policies.

Service & Leadership THUMBNAIL For students interested in further developing their leadership skills while pursuing opportunities for community service at ASU, in Boone, and the surrounding areas.

Sisterhood Experience THUMBNAIL
For female students interested in building relationships with other female students, focus on self-awareness, and learn about issues facing women in today's society.

Sophmore Year Experience THUMBNAIL For second-year students who are examining majors and career options.  This RLC will provide personal and professional development.

Transfer RLC This RLC will provide students with opportunities for building university connections developing leadership potential, and shaping their academic experience.

Transfer Teacher Education Community THUMBNAIL
For transfer students preparing for a career in any level or discipline of K-12 education.  Members will receive support to assist in the smooth transition into ASU and the Reich College of Education.

The Ultimate Man THUMBNAIL For male students who wish to create a support system built on brotherhood.  Members have the opportunity to analyze and understand what being a man means in today's society.

Watauga Global Community For students who love to learn, especially when it challenges what they already know.  Members explore local and global issues and propose solutions for a better world.



If you have questions concerning RLCs or the application process, please contact the Coordinator of Academic Initiatives & Learning Communities at (828)262-8656.