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Residential Learning Communities

The Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) provide students a distinct opportunity to connect and learn, both inside and outside of the classroom, alongside fellow classmates, staff, and faculty all while enjoying the conveniences and accommodations of living on-campus within the residence halls.

Approximately 95 percent of SCU first-year students live on campus, but even those who have a residency requirement exception are invited to participate in a designated Residential Learning Community (RLC). Each RLC is associated with a specific residence hall and organizes its community around one or two broad themes. The themes of each RLC are not associated with any particular major. Students majoring in any degree program at SCU can be a member of any of the RLCs. During your first year, and perhaps even during your second year at SCU, you'll potentially take classes with other students that live within your RLC.

We encourage you to explore each RLC through the individual RLC webpages. Within the on-campus housing application process, you'll need to rank each RLC from your most preferred to least preferred. For this reason, please take some time to learn about the specific theme of each RLC, traditional programs and events, and staff & faculty who work to enhance your living and learning experience. When exploring each RLC, you'll also find information about the room types and amenities offered within the residence hall of the RLC and a 360-degree virtual tour of each RLC’s building.

Students take a number of their classes with other students in their RLC and attend regular events—sometimes connected to those classes—bringing students together. When people share interests, knowledge, and experiences, it makes community-building, living, and learning seamless and more enriching. The Residential Learning Community model is a structured living and learning program unique to SCU created for the purpose of enhancing the traditional on-campus living experience for students at SCU.

LEAD Scholars and Honors students have the opportunity to live in specific RLCs for their first-year. We strongly encourage participants in the LEAD & Honors program to include these RLCs in their top four preferences.

LEAD Scholars will be placed in one of the following RLCs: Cura, Cyphi, da Vinci, Unity, Xavier or Magis.

University Honors Program students will be placed in one of the following four RLCs: Alpha, da Vinci, Modern Perspectives, or Unity.