Ready to step up your Res Hall experience? Our Residential Learning Communities provide exclusive housing opportunities for interested applicants!

The Office of Residence Life has partnered with multiple academic and administrative departments to design various Learning Communities housed throughout our residence halls.  Learning Communities are comprised of groups of students who choose to live on the same floor or in the same residential area and focus learning opportunities on a specific interest or academic area or major.  Residence Life sponsors Learning Communities specifically for first year students as well as for upperclass students.

Participation in Residential Learning Communities affords students some excellent benefits including:

  • living with other students who share similar majors or interests
  • the opportunity to develop close relationships with other students in the community
  • focused programming opportunities related to the Learning Community theme
  • the opportunity to interact closely with faculty and staff members
  • participation in exclusive site visits and field trips
  • Resident Assistants chosen specifically for membership in the Learning Community

Learning Communities can assist students in transitioning to SJU and can help students feel connected to the many resources offered at the University.  Research shows that students who participate in Learning Communities are more likely to live in an enjoyable community, achieve a higher level of academic success from mutual discussion and study, and have better relationships with faculty and staff members due to unique and creative programming opportunities.

The following RLCs are open to First Year Students:


Emerging Leaders


To apply, please click on the "First Year RLC Application" button on the top side of this page.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to get some basic questions answered that you might have about RLCs at SJU!  More questions?  Contact Elizabeth Ali, or 610-660-1060.

How to get involved in Residential Learning Communities

Incoming First-Year Students:

We welcome incoming first-year students to our Residential Learning Communities!

Applications for the Class of 2024 will be available May 20th, 2020 -  July 1st, 2020. Our programs are competitive, so apply early to secure your spot!

Summer 2020 First-Year RLC Timeline

May 20th: RLC Application available on SJU website

Wednesday, July 1st: RLC Applications due

Monday, July 6th: RLC Acceptance Forms due

Wednesday, July 8th: New housing selection times assigned to RLC participants (RLC students select their rooms before the General Housing Selection process begins)

Monday, July 13th: RLC Housing Selection

Rising Upperclassmen:

Applications for Upperclassmen RLC Applications are now closed and will re-open in January 2021.

The Following RLCs are open to Upperclassmen:




Visit our FAQ page for commonly asked questions about RLCs.