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.  RLCs are classified as either Living Learning Communities (LLCs) or Themed Communities (TCs); all First-Year RLCs are LLCs, while upperclass RLCs are TCs.  

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

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Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) bring together students who share a common interest (listed below) and give them the unique opportunity to live together, take a course together or work together with faculty and staff partners and engage in special events and opportunities. These programs are driven by participants, and allow them to propose, plan, and participate in activities they find interesting. 

You may opt into an LLC 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).

Students who opt into an LLC will be expected to take the linked First-Year Seminar course (if applicable), provided there are no schedule conflicts and space in the course remains.  If conflicts exist or the course fills, students will still be able to live in the community until all spaces are filled.

Themed Communities (TCs)

Themed Communities (TCs) have similar goals, but they do not have a course component.  Students take courses of their choice, and still live with students who share a common interest and engage in special events and opportunities.  These programs are also driven by participants, and allow them to propose, plan, and participate in them.  Faculty will be involved in events as well, though a specific course is not linked.

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 res-life@scranton.edu or (570) 941-6226.

Celebrate the Arts LLC

Celebrate the Arts (CTA) creates a space and home for students interested in pursuing and discussing their artistic interests in a variety of formats, such as film, photography, drama, music, visual art, etc.  

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CTA encourages personal artistic expression, while also highlighting opportunities in the arts on campus, within the local Scranton community, and beyond. Whether inviting in an artist to lead students through a guided painting on campus, or enrolling in a photography class downtown at New Visions Studio, Celebrate the Arts will provide an artistic outlet during your first year of college!  

2021-2022 Linked course: ENLT 136X: Shakespeare - One Play 
(Faculty partner: Dr. Michael Friedman)

*This courses is also designated as Humanities: Literature as part of General Education requirements.  

 

 

NEW FOR FALL 2021! - Community for Transformative Learning

University life is all about transformation and learning through active reflection, but it begins with the transition from high school to college. That’s where a successful start begins, with our transformational learning community. Students will live and study with a group of peers in exploration of who they are and what unique strategies, resources and daily practices work for them. Staff advisors, along with a dedicated academic coach, will offer individual and group programming that focuses on adjustment to University life, academics, connection to campus, and an awareness of their own agency.

2021-2022 Staff partners: Christina Lenway, Rosemary Termini

Cura Personalis LLC

Rooted in Jesuit teachings, the core of Cura Personalis (CP) stands upon three pillars: justice, service, and faith.

 Service Tree

Offering service projects, reflection and retreats, CP strives to create a culture of “men and women for others” by volunteering in the local community, welcoming conversations about faith, and engaging in justice issues on a local and global scale. 

NEW FOR FALL 2021! - A First Generation Community (THR1VE)

 This First-Generation Community (to be formally named by the Class of 2025) 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.

 2021-2022 Linked course: ENLT 131X: Living Magnificently
(Faculty partner: Mr. Ryan Sheehan and Staff partner: Shannon Murphy-Fennie)

*This course is also designated as Humanities: Literature as part of General Education requirements.    

Global Citizenship LLC

The Global Citizenship community explores the broad concept of citizenship on both the domestic and global levels. Discussions related to the structure and values of democracy, the relationships between cultures, political systems, ideologies and the social consumption of information through mass media will allow students to share their own experiences while learning from their peers and broadening their perspectives. The impact of current events and scope of engagement from citizens are driving forces to the success of society as a whole.

2021-2022 Linked course: INTD 119X: Making Meaning of 9/11
(Faculty partner: Dr. Teresa Grettano)

"Helping Professions" in the Jesuit Context LLC

While students of all majors are welcome, the "Helping Professions" community is geared toward those who plan to pursue a career in the helping professions, including Nursing, Community Health Education, Counseling, Education, Health Administration, Exercise Science, Human Resources, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and others, along with those planning to pursue medical school.  This community allows students who live together to easily and conveniently discuss their potential career paths, ethical guidelines, necessary coursework, and internship opportunities through informal conversations and more formal programs and events.  It has a primary focus on how to engage in “helping professions” through the lens of the Jesuit tradition, namely viewing these careers as a means to further faith and justice in our world.  Alongside resources such as Career Services, representatives from the Panuska College of Professional Studies and the Panuska College of Professional Studies Board of Visitors, student organizations, and local partners, students engage with one another and in the community to set themselves up for success!

Event with Dean Pellegrino and JoAnne Kuehner

 

2021-2022 Linked courses (students will only take one):
CHS 100X: Jesuit Mission/Helping Professions
CHS 110X: The Ignatian Imagination
PCPS 122X: Foundations of Professional Integrity
(Faculty partners: Dr. William Miller, Dr. Debra Pellegrino, Dr. Mary Troy)

SITE: Scranton Innovative Thought and Entrepreneurship LLC

The SITE Residential Learning Community is open to students of all majors and minors who are interested in developing the skills, attitudes, behaviors, and vision necessary to be a successful innovator in all facets of life.  Students will live together in a community that helps them foster their creativity and creative mindset, bringing them together to share their interests, ideas, and goals and encouraging one another to pursue opportunities and success within college and beyond.  With both a dedicated residence hall and access to the Wayne House Entrepreneurship Center, “learning by doing” with support of faculty and staff and the space to do so is well-supported. 

2021-2022 Linked course: ENTR 100X: Entrepreneurship
(Faculty partner: Dr. Leila Soleimani)

Wellness LLC

Our Wellness program is designed for students pursuing a balanced lifestyle as it focuses on 8 dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, environmental, and multicultural. 

Students are encouraged to explore these themes as they apply them to their life, navigating together the many ways to be successful in their first year of college in a balanced, healthy manner. 

2021-2022 Staff Partner: Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW)