First-Year Residential Learning Communities

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Unique Opportunities to Enhance Your Experience

The Office of Residence Life offers several optional and exciting experiences for our first-year students, called Residential Learning Communities (RLCs).  RLCs at The University of Scranton provide students with a distinctive experience that allows them to live, learn, and belong in and to a community of diverse peers with common interests and goals.    

The University also offers an RLC for juniors and seniors; for information on this community, please click on this link.

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First-Year Residential Learning Communities (RLCs)

First Year Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) bring together students who share a common interest (listed below) and give them the unique opportunity to live together, and work together with a faculty fellow to engage in special events and opportunities. These programs are driven by both faculty and participants, and allow students to propose, plan, and participate in activities they find interesting. Additionally, faculty fellows will plan at least three programs for students to attend per semester.

You may opt into an RLC by noting your interest on your housing questionnaire AND selecting the corresponding First-Year Seminar when choosing courses in your "Forms, Forms, Forms" packets (if applicable).


All RLCs are offered at no additional cost, do not have specific sets of rules, and are optional.

Have more questions?  Click here or contact Residence Life at or (570) 941-6226.

God, Science and Religion

Is religious faith compatible with taking science seriously, or is there a deep conflict between what science claims about reality and what religion claims about reality? Students in this community will have the space, freedom, and empowerment to explore the topic of faith and science and how the two overlap or otherwise. Through a linked First-Year Seminar, regular group discussions and continuous faculty interaction, they will learn about how layers of world views may intertwine. 

*This community has a paired course - PHIL 121X: Faith and Reason

Faculty fellow: Dr. Christopher Hauser

Royal Reflections: Wellness & Photography

This community will work together on a photo journaling project based on the Appreciative Advising Model. At specific times of their first year, students will be asked to document their experiences through photographs and then reflect upon the changes they have gone through from photo to photo. This project not only helps students reflect on their own campus experience, but also connects them to the University campus and all its beauty year-round.

Faculty fellow: Dr. Gerard Dumancas

"The Latin Thing" - La Cosa Latina

 “The Latin Thing” embraces the Latinx culture and provides a space where Latinx students can practice their traditions and immerse their non-Latinx peers into their culture. Students will be able to learn and/or improve their Spanish language skills, try out the cuisines of Hispanic cultures, and learn more about how Latinx students are a growing and important part of our community.  

Faculty fellow: Dr. Yamile Silva


This First-Generation Community is a residential experience designed to support first-generation college students to assist them with their transition from high school to the University of Scranton. (*A first-generation college student is a student whose parent/guardian have not received a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.) Students who choose to live in this community will gain an extra layer of support in navigating through the University, increased connections to faculty, staff and first-generation specific resources and a fostered support system of first-generation peers. The goals of increased academic success and enhanced sense of belonging are promoted through a variety of co-curricular experiences with their peers, increased faculty and staff interaction, as well as intentional programming efforts that include academic and social connections.

Staff partner: Shannon Murphy-Fennie

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