First-year Residential Learning Communities

When students apply for housing, they request to be part of a Residential Learning Community (RLC), rather than a specific building. The RLCs of some programs - Honors, Cal Poly Scholars, EOP and TRIO, are automatically selected for participants of those programs. The location of our RLCs may change based on the number of requests.

2022-23 Residential Learning Community Locations:

tsɨtkawayu Floors 1-2: Culture & Identity, Floor 3: Cal Poly Scholars, Floor 4: Pride
elewexe Cal Poly Scholars
tšɨłkukunɨtš Floors 1-2: Cal Poly Scholars, Floors 2-4: EOP, Floors 4-5: TRIO
tiłhini: Cal Poly Scholars
tsɨtqawɨ Floors 1-2: Substance Free, Floors 3-4: COSAM
nipumuʔ Honors
tsɨtpxatu COSAM
Sierra Madre Hall
Towers 0-3 CLA
Towers 4-5 CAFES
Yosemite Hall
Tower 0 Cal Poly Scholars
Towers 1-7 CAFES
Towers 8-9 Cal Poly Scholars
South Mountain Halls(Red Bricks)
Fremont CAED
Santa Lucia CENG
Sequoia CENG
Tenaya Floor 1: Leadership, Floors 2-3: OCOB
Trinity OCOB
North Mountain Halls
Diablo CENG
Lassen CENG
Shasta CENG


Palomar CENG

Open to all first-year students; 8-Week fall Coursework Required

In collaboration with the Center for Leadership, this residential learning community fosters socially responsible leadership development through events and initiatives that are innovative and educational. All members of this community must complete the not-for-credit Emerging Leadership Certificate together during Fall Quarter. More information for this program is online at:


College-Based Communities
Open to all first-year students of all majors

Each college — College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Math; College of Engineering; College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science; Orfalea College of Business; and College of Architecture and Environmental Design — has its own Residential Learning Community! These six communities afford students the opportunity to live with others in their college or major, often sharing the same classes, while participating in activities that center around their academics, careers and social interests.

CAL POLY Scholars
Required for students in the Cal Poly Scholars program. Roommates do not have to be part of the program.

An invitation-only program that provides a two-year residential experience for students from selected California high schools. The key goals of this program are to think critically and creatively, build respect for diversity and work collaboratively, build scholarly expertise, and promote lifelong learning.

Cal Poly Scholars participants and their requested roommate/s will select their rooms in the Cal Poly Scholars community.


Cultural and Identity Scholars

Offered in partnership with Student Diversity & Belonging, Cultural and Identity Scholar Communities provide opportunities — especially for underrepresented students on campus — to create cultural, social and academic connections. These communities also serve as safe spaces for students who identify within the Culture & Identity Scholars Community. We offer the following communities in the application:

  • Asian-Pacific Islander Scholars 
  • Black Scholars 
  • Chicanx/Latinx Scholars
  • Cross Cultural Scholars 
  • Native and Indigenous Scholars
  • SWANA Scholars

Communities will be formed based off of student interest. If there is not enough interest in a specific cultural and identity learning community, students will be offered a space in the Cross Cultural Scholars Community.


Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
Required for all students in the EOP program. Roommates do not have to be part of the program.

EOP is an invitation-only program focused on helping improve the access, retention and graduation of students through encouraging success, community building and empowerment. EOP participants live with other members of the program in their own Learning Community, though they may invite non-EOP members to be their roommates.

EOP program participants and their roommate/s will select their rooms in the EOP community.


Optional for students invited to be part of the Honors program. Roommates do not have to Be part of the program.

A community where members of Cal Poly’s Honors Program live together to seek challenges, participate in experiential and interdisciplinary learning, grow as individuals, and expand the boundaries of their academic potential. The Honors community observes extended quiet hours.


Pride Community

Pride is a learning community for LGBTQIA+ identified (including but not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) students and those in solidarity. It specializes in strong community, leadership, and identity development and education on issues pertaining to sexual and gender diversity at Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community.  This living option features gender-inclusive spaces, and programmatic offerings through the Pride Center.

Substance Free

The Substance Free community is for those committed to a living environment of wellness and having a great time without tobacco, drugs, or alcohol. Residents of the Substance Free community sign a Statement of Understanding and agree to live in an environment that is conscientious of the well-being of yourself and others by forgoing substances within the community.

TRIO Achievers
Required for students in the TRIO program. Roommates do not have to be part of TRIO.

TRIO is an invitation only program where members focused on the success, retention and graduation of student.  In this learning community, there is academic advising, tutoring, and workshops — right in their residence hall. TRIO members are required to live in the TRIO community as part of their program but may invite non-TRIO members to be their roommates.

TRIO program participants and their roommate/s will select their rooms in the TRIO community. 

Watch this video on TRIO Achievers to learn more.

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