Living-Learning Communities

Radford University offers seven unique freshman learning communities that provide students opportunities to deeply engage with faculty, academics and peers with similar interests. To apply, indicate your interest on your housing application.

  • Accelerated Research Opportunities (ARO) - Looking for a way to make connections with faculty, conduct original research and challenge yourself? ARO allows freshmen the opportunity to immediately be exposed to, prepare for and actively engage in research and scholarship.
  • Community of Artists - For new Radford students, both freshmen and transfers, who are majoring or minoring in Art, Dance, Design, Music or Theatre. Students in the community will live with other artists in a creative environment, attend workshops, participate in faculty-led travel opportunities and more.
  • ECO Community - Environment-Community (ECO) Connections is a community of people committed to education, the environment, adventure, sustainability, leadership, and exploring the limitless opportunities of global citizenship.
  • Schoolhouse - The Schoolhouse is a living and learning community that connects and inspires prospective educators from all disciplines and grade levels. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Schoolhouse for their entire undergraduate careers. 
  • Entrepreneurship - The RU Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community (ELC) is a learning communited designed to help incoming freshmen learn about, live the life of, and become successful entrepreneurs. The ELC encourages innovation and entrepreneurship in students from diverse majors and backgrounds.  Entrepreneurs turn I wish into I will!

Learning communities are small groups of students that typically take one or more courses together focusing on a common theme or discipline. Faculty and peer instructor teams work together to assign readings, create assignments and coordinate activities that connect the courses. Students engaged in a learning community are able to build both intellectual and social relationships with classmates and faculty through shared experiences and increased time together. 

Students participating in living-learning communities also benefit from the coordination of residence hall teams with their academic partners to create additional programming in their living environment. 

Why enroll in a learning community?

  • Live in special residence halls & connect with students who share your interests.
  • Take smaller core classes with your LC members.
  • Sophomore student mentoring from prior LC members.
  • Close faculty relationships to help establish you in your first year.
  • Additional funding for social activities and trips.
  • Research shows that students who participate in LLCs are academically more successful, more likely to graduate, and are more satisfied with their college experience.