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 Department of Housing and Residential Life

Living and Learning Communities at URI

A Living and Learning Community (LLC) is an entire residence hall, or a sector within a residence hall, that is assigned by academic college, major, or interest area.  A majority of the students residing in an LLC not only share common academic interests and attend some classes together, but also form study and academic support groups, share access to Residential Academic Mentors (RAMs), and attend faculty-sponsored programs within their residential communities. One RAM resides in each LLC and is there to provide academic support assistance to the residents of that residential community.

Why should students choose to reside in a living and learning community?  The quick answer is that there is no easier and more enjoyable way to connect with students who share similar academic interests.  The LLC experience cultivates a support network and facilitates academic success.

First Year Living and Learning Communities

The Department of Housing and Residential Life (HRL) has partnered with various academic colleges and departments to offer the following freshman Living and Learning Communities for the 2008/09 academic year:

Additionally, first year students can apply to reside in three Theme Living Communities as follows:

URI freshmen who qualify for, and are interested in, residency in an LLC simply make note of that interest on the housing application form which is made available to all newly admitted students who have paid a housing deposit. Residency in LLCs is on a space availability, first come-first served basis.

Upper Class Living and Learning Communities and Theme Houses

Five on-campus theme living communities exist for upper class students at URI:

URI upper class students who qualify for, and are interested in, residency in an LLC/Theme House must follow the application procedures developed for each of these communities during the room assignment process which occurs each spring semester.