Residential Learning Communities


2020-2021 Residential Learning Community Themes

Students have the opportunity to join the following themed Residential Learning Communities:

Engineered for Success

Engineering is a challenging degree choice and requires students to quickly learn how to manage their work and time, as well as their own learning process to be successful; therefore, the engineering residential learning community focuses on providing students with direct access to an engineering student services, as well as an engineering advisor throughout their first year. Additionally, by participating in this learning community, students are provided with a support system that encourages them to develop good academic habits, helps them learn about engineering as a degree and career choice, and connects them the engineering community at Auburn. The final project in the associated learning strategies courses requires students to describe their own process of becoming a successful engineering student.

Associated Courses


  • TBA


  • TBA
Discover Auburn: Out of State

Are you from out-of-state? Worried about the transition being so far from home? The Discover Auburn: Out-of-State Student Learning Community is designed for students who are looking to discover Auburn while connecting with other students who are also far from home. Students will get to know their new home while learning traditional First Year Seminar topics like time management, study strategies, campus involvement, and career preparation. This Residential Learning Community is designed for students who are at least 6 hours from home.

Associated Courses


  • HIST 1010 - World History I
  • COMM 1000 - Public Speaking


  • HIST 1020 - World History II
  • COUN 2000 - Diverse Populations
Be Well

This first year seminar focuses on college student health and wellness and is designed for the Auburn University Wellness Residential Learning Community by the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness Services. In this seminar class, students will be introduced to wellness topics as they relate to success in college and beyond. Application of study strategies as they relate to the content area will be practiced. Special attention will be paid to happiness, gratitude, and positive well-being.

Associated Courses


  • BIOL 1020 & Lab - Biology
  • COMM 1000 - Public Speaking


  • BIOL 1030 & Lab - Biology II
  • PSYC 2010 - Psychology
  • SOCY 1000 - Sociology

Benefits of a Residential Learning Community (RLC)

Learning together: RLCs provide students with a residentially-based small group experience that enriches their in-class instruction and provides focused out-of-class activities. RLC members will live together and are co-enrolled in a first year seminar and two or three additional classes. Each RLC accommodates up to 20 students per cohort.

Living together: Not only will students in an RLC be in a themed first year seminar together, but will have the opportunity to live with others in the same themed cohort.

  • RLC Cohorts have a maximum of 20 students to provide a small group experience in the context of a large university.
  • All students take a first year seminar, which serves as the anchor course for the RLC experience.
  • Students are co-enrolled in a first year seminar and two to three additional courses (usually Core Curriculum courses).
  • RLC students have supportive classroom and living environments to help ease the transition to college life and college-level academics.
  • Students network with peer educators, staff members, and faculty members.
  • RLC students commit to participate in the fall and spring semesters of the first year.

RLC On-Campus Living

Students will live together in the following residence halls:

Steps to Join an RLC

  1. Complete the Auburn University Housing Application (opens December 2, 2019)
  2. Apply to join a Residential Learning Community (Application opens January 15, 2020. Priority decision date is February 25, 2020.)
    • Application is available in AU Access > Student Menu > First Year Seminar and Learning Community Application.
  3. Complete the Camp War Eagle Application (opens mid-March 2020)

Last modified: December 11, 2019