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Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities offer students the opportunity to live side by side students of similar academic and lifestyle interests. Participating in a learning community gives students opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and foster engaged relationships.

Healthy Halls is designed for people of all fitness levels. Whether you are not as fit as you would like to be or if you just want to live in a community with other students who like to exercise, this community is the right fit for you. In this living-learning community, structured and group exercise activities such as walking and jogging, racquetball, swimming and yoga will be offered along with workshops on improving your diet and preparing healthier meals. All activities are voluntary and a physical exam by University Health Services will be required prior to participation. Two locations will house this community for the fall 2015 semester. One will be housed in Choctaw Hall and one will be housed in Shearer Hall & Suites. Activities will be open to members who live in either location.

Are you interested in cultures, here and abroad? In foreign languages and travel? Do you keep up with current events across the globe? Do you want to think about how cultures and countries interact and communicate with one another? How the U.S. fits within the contemporary world? Does cultivating a global perspective appeal to you? If so, consider selecting the Global Leadership residential community.

Staff and programming will be selected to develop a more culturally enriched residential experience. This new initiative will involve students, staff and faculty in establishing goals and activities to explore leadership skills, cultural knowledge, and diverse experiences. Activities may include: discussions, movie nights, interaction with students from other cultures or countries, experiencing cultural cuisine, dance, music, and guest speakers. This unique experience will allow you to explore your own culture and give you the insight to explore other cultures. Take this important step toward becoming a global citizen. The Global Leadership community is currently designated as a Chickasaw Hall community. It will be open to all classifications.

These are communities themed around a major or a group of related majors. The goal of academically clustered communities is to house students with similar academic interests and classes together. Academically clustered communities may include any of the following (based on interest):

  • AVIATION is geared towards students enrolled in Aviation classes.
  • MUSIC MAJOR & BAND Community is an option targeting Band Members and Music majors.
  • Others as requested.

Located in Shearer Hall, the Person Community is open to any group of 8 students with a similar unifying interest (Greek, honors, team sport, student organization, etc.) These communities will be assigned only with all 8 contracts submitted. Priority will be given to upper class students.

These are communities which are not limited to one gender. Students requesting gender neutral housing are subject to additional terms & conditions.

FIRST COMMUNITY (Freshmen in Residence Succeeding Together)
FIRST is a comprehensive residential and academic experience designed to increase student success for first year SE students! FIRST students will have the opportunity to live and learn in a supportive environment, sharing similar class schedules with other members of the FIRST Year program. Elements of the program may include: community living with other FIRST students; Faculty/Administrator in residence, in-hall Mentor, in-hall advising, tutoring and other support services; clustered classes (with other participants of the FIRST program, some classes may be held in the residence hall), activities designed to support & enhance community development, personal growth & development and academic success. Students who are interested in this program MUST enroll in the FIRST courses with the Academic Advisement and Outreach Center (580-745-2370) and must apply for Student Support Services. The FIRST community is housed in North Hall. 10.

The Freshmen President’s Leadership Class is housed in North Hall, along with the FIRST, Freshmen Honors, and LEAD programs. Residents must have received and accepted a PLC scholarship.

The Honors Community is housed in North Hall, along with the FIRST, PLC, and LEAD programs. Honors students must have received and accepted an Honors scholarship.