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When you arrive on campus, you want to feel at home, connect quickly and succeed in your classes. Think of Residential Learning Communities as an inside connection to friendships, fun and the kind of support that can help you be a successful student.

When you sign up for an RLC, we give you priority selection to live with other students who have signed up for the same experience, direct mentorship with faculty and staff, and an upperclassman mentor to support you while living and learning at SFA. RLCs consist of student groups residing in the same residential area; interacting academically and socially with each other and with faculty members; and sharing the same passion, interest or academic focus. This unique housing opportunity creates an environment for students to succeed academically while developing strong friendships. Students interact with and learn from faculty members in the classroom and within the local community while also building lasting connections with their academic and residential peers.

What are the benefits?

Each community has its own group-defined goals and events. However, all communities include:

  • priority room selection
  • valuable relationships with faculty members, peer instructors and upperclassman student mentors who are ready to guide and support you
  • rich, meaningful connections to the classroom
  • unique opportunities for students to learn and grow through a variety of activities and events, including peer study groups
  • support from staff members dedicated to cultivating successful student leaders
  • valuable relationships with faculty members, peer instructors and upperclassmen student mentors who are ready to guide and support you
  • ability to explore your major or interests on a deeper level
  • and a welcoming, tight-knit community that extends to life throughout campus and beyond.

What is the cost?

  • There is no additional cost to participate.
  • Students pay the same housing rate as other students in their building.

Freshmen Residential Learning Communities

Class 2024 - College of Liberal and Applied Arts

The College of Liberal and Applied Arts Residential Learning Community integrates academic, social and career development opportunities to support you in making a smooth, successful transition to SFA. As a member, you will be enrolled in the college’s SFA 101 course and live with your classmates. Your professor will create exclusive opportunities for you to learn inside and outside the classroom with the help of an upperclassman student mentor.

This inclusive community is looking for students just like you to join the Class of 2024!

Requirements: Students interested in this RLC must enroll in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts SFA 101 course during the fall 2020 semester.

Participants live in Steen Hall.

To learn more, visit the College of Liberal and Applied Arts RLC page.

Education

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? If so, this is the RLC for you! Learn with fellow education majors what it takes to become a teacher or a leader in the education field. This community will allow you to interact with faculty and participate in activities related to your major.

Requirement: Must be an education major.

Participants live in Steen Hall.

To learn more, visit the education RLC page.

Generation Jacks

This community is a part of the Generation Jacks Program and designed to provide additional support to first generation students entering their first year of college. Students who participate in this RLC will interact with fellow first generation students and faculty while participating in programs geared towards academic success, service, and community.

Requirement: Students in the RLC must be a part of the Generation Jacks Program. Please contact GenJacks@sfasu.edu for information regarding Generation Jacks and becoming a part of the program.

Participants live in Steen Hall.

Human Sciences

The purpose of the Human Sciences Residential Learning Community is to enhance your experience as a Lumberjack while ensuring your academic and future success. As a member, you are displaying an interest in serving others while developing as a student and future professional. Within our learning community, you will be enrolled in the Human Sciences SFA 101 course, live in a residential community, engage in mentoring with a peer and faculty member, and participate in service opportunities.

Requirements: Students interested in this RLC must enroll in the Human Sciences SFA 101 course during the fall 2020 semester.

Participants live in Lumberjack Village #2.

Honors

If you’ve decided to delve into SFA’s School of Honors curriculum, this community will provide an academically enhanced learning environment. In this RLC, you will share learning and social activities with other members of the School of Honors.

Requirement: Residents must be preapproved by SFA’s School of Honors. Please visit the School of Honors web page for contact information.

First-year participants live in either Lumberjack Landing or Wisely Hall; Upper class participants live in Wisely Hall.

Natural Resource Management

This community provides learning opportunities and service activities that complement a major in forestry, environmental science or spatial science.

Requirement: Students interested in this RLC must be a Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental Science or Spatial Science major in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. Contact Chanelle Svehla at Chanelle.Svehla@sfasu.edu for more information about this RLC.

Participants live in Steen Hall.

Pre-Health

Are you interested in a pre-health profession? Join a community of other students who are interested in learning what it takes to go into a pre-health profession. This RLC will give you the opportunity to network with faculty and current health professionals, learn what it takes to continue in the Pre-Health Professions program, preview the professional/graduate school application process and participate in service and volunteer options!

Requirement: Contact SFAPHP@sfasu.edu for application information.

Participants live in Steen Hall.

Pre-Nursing

The Pre-Nursing RLC will emphasize preparing first-year students for admittance into the Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing at SFA. Students will be introduced to potential careers in nursing through peer interaction with current nursing students and faculty/staff interaction.

Requirement: Students interested in this RLC must be a nursing major.

Participants live in Steen Hall.

Rusche Business

The Rusche Business Residential Learning Community integrates academic, social and career development opportunities to support you in making a smooth, successful transition to SFA. The program is designed to enhance academic performance and provide opportunities to improve your overall experience as a business major at SFA. As a member of this community, you will be enrolled in the college’s SFA 101 course and live with your classmates.

Requirements: Students interested in this RLC must enroll in the Rusche College of Business SFA 101 course during the fall 2020 semester.

Participants live in Steen Hall.

Upper Class Residential Learning Communities

Honors

If you’ve decided to delve into SFA’s School of Honors curriculum, this community will provide an academically enhanced learning environment. In this RLC, you will share learning and social activities with other members of the School of Honors.

Requirement: Residents must be preapproved by SFA’s School of Honors. Please visit the School of Honors web page for contact information.

First-year participants live in either Lumberjack Landing or Wisely Hall; Upper class participants live in Wisely Hall.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

If you’re interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), this community will provide a supportive environment. You’ll pick up valuable study tips, be exposed to collaborative efforts of various STEM areas and gain an understanding of STEM-related fields with your fellow residents.

Requirement: Students interested in this RLC must be majoring in a STEM-related field, preferably in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and must maintain a 3.0 GPA. 

Participants live in Lumberjack Village #2.

Transfer Experience

You've already demonstrated you can experience success in college, but wouldn't you love to thrive? Your Transfer Experience Residential Learning Community will help you integrate knowledge across your curriculum and build skills and relationships that are proven to boost collegiate success.

To learn more, visit the transfer experience RLC page.

How do I apply?

  1. On your housing application, select “Yes” when asked if you are interested in participating in a Residential Learning Community and/or Honors housing. On the next page, you can select your RLC preferences.
  2. Check your SFA email account for any additional instructions or requirements for admission to the RLC of your interest.
  3. Complete all requirements for admission.

You will receive a decision letter through your SFA email. If approved, you will be notified of the RLC room selection date and time. You then will be able to select your room within the RLC community.

If at any point you wish to withdraw an application, or for questions regarding the general housing application, meal plans, payment information, etc., contact us at reslife@sfasu.edu or 936.468.2601. We would be happy to help!

Learn more about applying for housing.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an extra charge to participate in an RLC?

No. You can participate in an RLC, and it’s included in your room rate.

If I join an RLC, can I still pick my roommate?

Yes, but you will need to pick from within the same RLC.

Where are the RLCs located?

RLCs are located in a specific wing within the other residence halls.

Additional Questions?

For more information about our RLCs, email rlc@sfasu.edu.

Contact

Residence Life Department
936.468.2601
Fax: 936.468.2074
reslife@sfasu.edu
Staff Directory

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Physical Address:
Austin Building
Room 131

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 13054, SFA Station 
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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