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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 rlps@unc.edu.

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

  1. A Housing Application/Contract through myhousing.unc.edu, AND
  2. A Residential Learning Program Application, which is also available at myhousing.unc.edu. 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: A Substance Free Community / Recovery House

Location: Joyner (Connor Community)

Located in Joyner Residence Hall, the Balance RLP is a substance free community that explores the 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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Blue Sky Innovation Community (New!)

Location: Carmichael (Carmichael Community)

NEW in Fall 2017! 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 Sky Innovation Community 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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Carolina Research Scholars

Location: Graham-Aycock (Olde Campus Lower Quad Community)

The Carolina Research Scholar (CRS) Program fosters and expands engagement in undergraduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The CRS Program builds an undergraduate community based on research, scholarship and inquiry-driven learning. It also serves as a framework to guide students in navigating the process of designing and pursuing mentored research, scholarship or creative performance, communicating their discoveries and findings to the larger community, and sharing their experiences with others. This RLP is invitation only.

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Chancellor's Science Scholars

Location: Graham-Aycock (Olde Campus Lower Quad Community)

UNC’s Chancellors Science Scholars program began as a partnership in 2011 with UMBC’s nationally recognized Meyerhoff Scholars program and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The purpose of these relationships was to diversify and provide access to jobs in the fields of STEM. As an organization the Chancellor Science Scholars work to bring awareness to the issues of diversity as well as provide a space where students, regardless of background, can be supported to pursue fields in STEM. This RLP is invitation only.

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First Gens (New!)

Location: Hinton James (Hinton James Community)

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NEW in Fall 2017! 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 (New!)

Location: Craige North (Manning West Community)

NEW in Fall 2017!  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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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 the Department of Housing and Residential Education at UNC-Chapel Hill 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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Sustainability

Location: Morrison (Morrison Community)

While sustainability has its roots in the environmental movement, we examine sustainability as a concept in many areas in addition to the environment, including: activism, creativity, development, economy, education, personal, politics, and the justice system. If you are an interested in exploring the broad concept of sustainability, engaging in service, and being part of the most fun and lively community on campus, then join us! No prior experience is required.

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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 junior 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 junior transfers who want to get off to a strong start at Carolina should apply. 

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W.E.L.L.

Location: McIver (Kenan Community)

W.E.L.L. aims to provide a connected living experience in which residents foster strong interpersonal relationships, a proud investment in community, shared strength and appreciation of their gender-expression, and a commitment to both intellectual engagement and their individual contribution to the world. The following three pillars guide and inspire the members of the W.E.L.L. community: Leadership, Learning, and Community Engagement. 

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