Residential Learning Communities


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.

2021 RLC Descriptions


Are you from out-of-state? Worried about the transition being so far from home? The Discover Auburn: Out-of-State Residential 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 learning community is designed for students who are at least 6 hours from home. 


ENGINEERED FOR SUCCESS- Little Hall (Honors College students) and Holloway Hall (all students) 

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 Engineered for Success Residential Learning Community (RLC) focuses on providing students with direct access to an engineering student mentor and an engineering advisor throughout their first year. Students are exposed to a support system that encourages development of good academic habits, learning about engineering as a degree and career choice, and getting connected with the engineering community at Auburn. The final project in the associated first year seminar course requires students to describe their own process of becoming a successful engineering student. Students in the Honors College may apply for the RLC and live in Little Hall (Upper Quad, Honors College housing). All students – including Honors College students – may apply for the RLC and live in Tiger Hall. 



2021 RLC On-Campus Living

Students will live together in the following residence halls:

Steps to Join an RLC

The RLC Application will open January 2022

Take a look at the other opportunities we offer to connect to Auburn and start strong and finish ahead academically! Make sure to complete the Camp War Eagle Application!

Complete the Auburn University Housing Application

Submit Admissions Enrollment Deposit 

Apply to join a Residential Learning Community.  Application is CLOSED for fall 2021.

Application is available in AU Access > Student Menu > First Year Seminar and Learning Community Application.


Last modified: September 22, 2021