Residential Learning Programs

Residential Learning Programs

Carolina’s Residential Learning Programs give students a unique, inclusive residential learning experience that connects classroom learning with residence life. Students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group that shares academic goals and interests.

Through student, faculty and staff partnerships, and educational and cultural programs, active involvement in a Residential Learning Program allows you to broaden your perspectives and understanding of the world around you. This holistic approach complements classroom experiences and lays the foundation for you to become better prepared to succeed in life beyond college.

For questions about a specific Residential Learning Program or your application status, please contact the Community Director for the RLP. For general questions, please email

To apply to live in a Residential Learning Program (RLP), you will need to submit:

  1. A Housing Application/Contract through, AND
  2. A Residential Learning Program Application, which is also available at The RLP application consists of a few questions that help us understand why you are interested in the Residential Learning Program.

RLP Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.

For additional information, see our RLP FAQ.

Below is a list of our current Residential Learning Programs.


Balance / Recovery House

Location: Joyner (Connor Community)

Located in Joyner Residence Hall, the Balance Residential Learning Program (RLP) is a community that explores the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. These dimensions include emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of wellness. The program seeks to help residents in understanding what it means to be “healthy” in all aspects of life and to build a community where residents feel connected, comfortable and capable of making the most of their time at Carolina.

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Recovery House is subset of Balance and works in conjunction of the Carolina Recovery Program to support students through continued recovery while strengthening bonds with the community. Recovery House offers distinct advantages to those seeking on-campus collegiate recovery housing. These advantages include a safe and supportive environment, on-site recovery-focused programming and Carolina Recovery Program (CRP) staff, and fellow roommates in recovery.

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Location: Carmichael (Carmichael Community)

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The first of its kind, this innovation-themed learning program will allow you access to a massive design space with creation tools and an open collaborative workspace to be inspired and build or join a venture. The mission of BLUE is to inspire students to shape an innovative and collaborative residential community using physical and virtual tools to engage in self-discovery, build diverse connections, and accelerate ideas to reality. 

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First Gens

Location: Hinton James (Hinton James Community)

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Do you identify as a first generation college student? This new RLP focuses on providing you the resources, support and cultivated relationships to promote your success during your first year at Carolina. First Gens takes into consideration the challenges and nuances of being a first generation college student and applies them in a positive direction. 

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Global Scholars House

Location: Craige North (Manning West Community)

This RLP, housed in Craige North, incorporates languages and cultures from around the world. This program is of particular interest to global studies and language majors. Languages to be explored in Global Scholars House include Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, German and Italian! The former RLPs Chinese House and Spanish House are now part of Global Scholars House.

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Outdoor Pursuits

Location: Teague (Parker Community)

outdoor pursuits logoOutdoor Pursuits is for those that share a love for adventure with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Programs will be designed through a partnership with Carolina Adventures.

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Pride Place

Location: Cobb (Cobb Community)

Pride Place is a residential community committed to the personal wellness and academic success of students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We envision a housing community in which every LGBTQ+ student feels safe, included, and empowered. 

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Service & Leadership

Location: Hinton James (Hinton James Community)

The Service & Leadership Residential Learning Program (S&L) is an initiative of Carolina Housing in partnership with APPLES and Carolina Leadership Development. We strive to promote a vibrant community of socially conscious individuals focused on developing exemplary leadership skills through academic-, service-, social-, and community-based experiences. Our aim is to enhance the residential and academic experience of students who select to be a part of our unique community and our spring semester course. 

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Transfer United

Location: Carmichael (Carmichael Community)

Transfer United (TU) is a collaborative effort designed to promote your seamless transition as a transfer student to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. By encouraging success in academics, wellness and engagement, the program will help you establish a connection with the University and prepare you to persist through to graduation. All new transfers who want to get off to a strong start at Carolina should apply. 

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