Residential Learning Communities (RLCs)

Residential Learning Communities create an unique and intentional environment. The foundation of these communities are grounded through a shared interest with a common goal, to support each member’s success as they have defined it for themselves.

The framework of these diverse communities is operated through one of these main programmatic structures: affinity housing, living/learning, or theme housing. Members are able to see each other during the roommate selection process and are placed within a designated residence hall area.

A Resident Assistant is assigned to each community to guide their programming, coordinate a network of resources, and assess member’s achievements of the learning outcomes. Residential Learning Communities facilitates the journey of finding a sense of belonging and eases the transition to college life.

New Students

  • Academic Success
    Integrating academics into the residential living experience is implemented throughout all housing programming. This community provides an intensive level of support and focus on academics through community based and proctored study halls, shared exam study groups and peer based accountability. Community members established personal academic goals each semester with a reflective/evaluation period.
  • E-Sports
    The community incorporates the education, creative technology and marketing of the gaming dynamic to expose the community members beyond the controllers. Members socialize and network  through shared classes and community game meet-ups!.
  • Green and Gold
    Intentionally focuses on the engagement and support of Fitchburg State through enhancing community members' knowledge and understanding of the university. Members will have the opportunity to engage with campus partners such as Athletics, Alumni and Development and Admissions. Specific areas of focus will include:
    • School Spirit (events and traditions)
    • Athletics (Falcon Fan)
    • University History/Traditions
    • Learning what does it mean to Give Back
    • Engagement as a pre-alumni/preparing to support after graduation
  • Health Professions
    Establishes a residential cohort for students with a shared interest in career fields such as Medical, Dental, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Veterinary and Physician Assistant. The community cultivates a dynamic environment for residents who plan to pursue a pre-allied health course of study at Fitchburg State.
  • Honors
    A living and learning space for students who exhibit high academic achievement. The community creates support and study initiatives to facilitate the forward movement of knowledge.
    The community promotes the education, awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ culture. Community allies are welcome as members. Members of the community strives to a better understanding of self and their intersecting identities.
  • Nursing
    An academic integrated community focused on the nursing profession. Community creates a space for shared knowledge and academic support for first year courses within the major.
  • Service, Justice and Equity
    Strives to create an intersection of thoughts and opinions towards how society is impacted by legislation. A great opportunity for residents civic engagement/public service related professions including: public office, lawyers, police/law enforcement, social work and political science instructors.
  • Sustainability
    Creates space for residents with an interest in eliminating waste and maximizing resources beyond recycling. The community will serve as a core residential support team under the guidance of the Graduate Assistant for Housing Operations to create and implement educational and engagement opportunities for residents. Community members will gain leadership, event planning and research skills while facilitating this initiative within the on-campus living environment.
  • Teach Today
    All members of society are educators. The ability and willingness to teach others is the foundation of this community. The community supports all majors whose professional endeavors is to teach/instruct on any intentional level. Traditional teaching methods such as the classroom and progressive teaching such as peer education (community base teaching) is welcome into the space.

Upper-Class Students

  • Second Year Nursing
    Community members of the Health Science Community are invited to a Second Year Experience that is self-govern and supported by the housing team. The community members establish their semester goals and provides a routine update to staff on their achievement.

  • Gender Inclusive Living
    Gender Inclusive Housing creates a welcoming space for residents who wish to reside within a residential space that is not structured around the traditional binary gender.

  • Honors Sophomore
    Community members provides mentor support to first year members of the Honors LLC. Learning as well as teaching is incorporated into the experience to support the educational acquisition of knowledge.

  • Transfer
    This residential facility provides an upper class cohort environment. The collective placement of transfer students supports specialized programming, creating a social network and exploring campus clubs and organizations.