What is a Residential Learning Community?
Tulane Residential Learning Communities are immersive, collaborative living spaces that encourage students to exchange, challenge, question, and grow—both academically and socially.
Residential Learning Communities provide students with a unique educational experience within the residence hall environment. Here, students live alongside other students with shared academic and co-curricular interests and benefit from additional faculty support and involvement. Residential Learning Communities also pair students with university and community resources to allow them to pursue their passions. By design, Residential Learning Communities are attached to a university TIDES course that supplements their programs and activities. In addition to interacting with faculty members in the classroom, residents have the opportunity to continue their learning with faculty members who are partnered with or live in the residence halls. By bringing faculty and students together in meaningful ways, residents are empowered to form academic and social support networks.
I love living in a Residential Learning Community at Tulane. Students can engage with likeminded students and learn from faculty with a common purpose. Living in an RLC offers an immersive and collective community experience.
— Kayla Jackson, Senior at Tulane University
A communal living opportunity focused on self-care, wellness, and public health, Health Wave encourages students to take care of themselves and their communities. Initiatives include workshops, dinners with guest faculty speakers, access to exclusive fitness and wellness programs, mindfulness instruction, and nutritional support.
Residents of the Changemaker RLC cultivate an open atmosphere and foster a culture of positive social change throughout campus and the community. Together, residents have the opportunity to explore entrenched and complex challenges such as overcoming inequality, sustaining coastal cities, and understanding New Orleans’s high incarceration rate.
Get Engaged offers students the opportunity to reach out and build relationships with New Orleans communities through intentional, community-minded activities. Residents engage in individual volunteerism, organizational involvement, informative lectures, workshops, and forums that encourage civic engagement.
The Honors Community embraces the ideal of scholarly engagement as a goal for all high-achieving students. Through increased interaction with faculty both inside and outside the classroom, students are immersed in an collaborative, intellectual, and close-knit social community with a focus on academic enrichment and excellence.
Shapers & Creators
The Shapers and Creators RLC provides a needed social group and outlet for creative thinkers at Tulane. Participating students come from all backgrounds and departments, but are united as visual thinkers and problem solvers, actively engaged with creative learning. Through this immersion, they become a peer group of hands-on learners and thinkers, exploring positive methods to produce creative concepts.
The vision for Kaleidoscope is to train a diverse group of talented students to serve as a catalyst to effect change across campus. By fostering a sense of well-being, belonging, and respect for each other across difference [such as culture, sex, gender identity, class, religion, ability, race, sexuality, and nationality], Kaleidoscope residents strive to understand the many forms of difference and their effect.
Drawing on the legacy of Newcomb College, Spark provides a place for first-year women to find their “spark” — their own Tulane pathway — as they forge connections with one another and with faculty, staff, and alumnae through the gender-focused programming and opportunities provided by Newcomb College Institute.
Are you fascinated with New Orleans’s rich cultural heritage and coastal environment? The Third Coast RLC examines the region’s tenuous urbanism, its changing climate, and the rising seas through place-based learning. Students will gain an “insider” understanding of how culture and environment intertwine in this fertile place and how their specific academic and professional goals can connect with the needs and interests of the surrounding community and Tulane University.
More information is available on the Housing and Residence Life site. To start a conversation about future opportunities, availability, and placement with a Tulane Residential Learning Community contact Danielle Klein, Associate Director for Residential Education, or call 504.865.5724.