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Residential-Learning Communities (RLC)

What are Residential-Learning Communities?

Residential-Learning Communities (RLCs) are specialized living environments that connect students inside and outside of the classroom. Each RLC is unique, but all are centered on a distinctive theme or academic major. Students who choose to live in an RLC have a direct connection to their classroom experience; opportunities for co-curricular programs and trips; and dedicated faculty and staff who work to make the community a success.

Why choose an RLC?

RLCs are an ideal way to make friends with peers who have similar interests or academic majors. Research shows that students who participate in an RLC have higher academic success rates, higher college graduation rates, and higher levels of satisfaction with their college experience, and an easier time connecting with their peers (Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2010). On Butler’s campus, students who participate in RLCs feel more connected on-campus, feel more academically supported, and are offered more opportunities to connect with peers in their residential community.

What RLCs are available?

Currently there are two Residential-Learning Communities available for 2020–2021: the Honors RLC and the Health and Wellness RLC.

Health & Wellness Residential-Learning Community

Join a community of future health care providers. As a member of this community you’ll explore your own health and wellness as we engage in co-curricular activities that will increase your understanding of yourself and your wellbeing as well as give you foundational knowledge for your future career. As a member of this community, you will participate in the PX 210/BSHS 210: Topics in Health & Wellness: Building a Better Bulldog. This course fulfills Pharmacy and BSHS degree requirements and allows you to explore relevant and contemporary issues in nutrition, physical wellbeing, and personal health. This program strives to provide you with unique learning experiences through the Faculty-in-Residence initiative, co-curricular programming, special trips, and foundational coursework for future health-care providers.

How To Apply: We encourage Pharmacy and BSHS students to find their home for 2020–2021 in the Health & Wellness Living-Learning Community. To apply, select the Health & Wellness RLC as one of your housing preferences on the Residential-Learning Community page in the housing portal. If selected for the community, you will be required to take the PX 210/BSHS 210 Topics in Health & Wellness: Building a Better Bulldog with Dr. Gervasio in fall 2020.

Honors Residential-Learning Community

Join a community of peers who are curious about the world and seek to expand their intellectual endeavors beyond the classroom. This community offers you: greater interaction with faculty, co-curricular programming to support you in your academic journey, and engagement with undergraduate research. As a member of this community, you’ll be provided with a peer mentor to guide you through your first-year of college. This interdisciplinary program strives to provide you with unique learning opportunities through our Faculty-in-Residence initiative, the Undergraduate Research Seminar Series, Peer Mentoring, and special trips.

How To Apply: Students who have been accepted into the Butler Honors Program are encouraged to select the Honors Residential-Learning Community as their home for 2020–2021. To apply, simply select the Honors Residential-Learning Community as your top housing preference on the Residential-Learning Community page in the housing portal.