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First-year Residential Learning Communities

When students apply for housing, they request Residential Learning Communities — not a specific building. The location of each Learning Community is subject to change from year-to-year, based on the number of requests. The location of specific Learning Communities is determined during the summer. 

After your application is submitted, you will be assigned a lottery date and time that you can select a room in a Learning Community. Some communities can fill quickly. If your top communities fill before your room selection appointment, you will be able to select from all available rooms in any Learning Community.

Occupancy/Configurations 
Room configurations in residence halls are subject to change, based on the availability of facilities and enrollment. It is our intent that all first-years live in residence halls and upperclassmen live in apartments. Should the incoming first-year class exceed the number of bed spaces in the residence halls, first-years may be assigned into Cerro Vista Apartments or additional triple rooms will be added to residence halls.

2020-21 Residential Learning Communities

 

Collaborative Leadership
Open to all first-year students; 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 eight-week, not-for-credit Emerging Leadership Certificate program during the fall quarter​​. For more information about the course, visit bit.ly/cp_leader.

 

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.

Provides a two-year residential experience for program participants. The key goals of this program are to build a personal support network for college success, foster an inclusive community of Scholars, and develop knowledge and skills for lifelong learning.

At the request of Cal Poly Scholars, program participants and their roommate/s will be assigned a room in the Cal Poly Scholars community instead of participating in general room selection. Room assignments will be released for the Cal Poly Scholars community in late June before room selection begins.

 

Cultural and Identity Scholars Community
Open to all FiRst-year students

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.


Entrepreneurs
Open to all first-year students

This community offers an opportunity for all majors to embrace the entrepreneurial “learn by doing” spirit, providing an environment to learn about communication with clients, leading emerging markets, managing projects and utilizing your creativity.

 

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.

At the request of EOP, program participants and their roommate/s will be assigned a room in the EOP community instead of participating in general room selection. Room assignments will be released for the EOP community in late June before room selection begins.

 

Global Exploration
Open to all first-year students

Global Exploration is an opportunity for students to study abroad without leaving the country! This learning community is built around the ability to relate to and connect with people in our world through practicing other languages, learning about cultures, exploring study abroad and alternative breaks.



Honors
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. Honors observes extended quiet hours.


Mindful Living
Open to all first-year students

In this wellness-focused community, you'll learn about mindfulness and holistic wellbeing for all areas of your life. You'll learn tools to be more present, self-aware, and connected with others. Topics for events include physical wellness and nutrition, cultural exploration, stress management, healthy relationships, spirituality, career, and emotional well-being.

 

Pre-Med and Health
Open to all first-year students

Traditionally housed near the College of Science and Math's community, the Pre-Med & Health learning community offers residents a chance to connect with faculty, advising and career professionals early — so they can explore and prepare for a health professions career.

 

Pride Community
Open to LGBTQia+ identified students and allies

The Pride RLC specializes in strong community, leadership, identity development and education on issues central to the LGBTQIA+ community — including sexual and gender diversity at Cal Poly and in San Luis Obispo. This community features gender-inclusive assignments, gender-inclusive restrooms, and programmatic offerings through the Pride Center and Cross Cultural Centers.
 

ROTC
Optional for students in the ROTC program. Roommates do not have to part of ROTC.

An invite-only community for first-year students participating in The Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

 

Substance Free
Open to all first-year students

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.

A learning community where members of the TRIO program participate in academic advising, get tutoring, and participate in 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.

At the request of TRIO, program participants and their roommate/s will be assigned a room in the TRIO community instead of participating in general room selection. Room assignments will be released for the TRIO community in late June before room selection begins.

Watch this video on TRIO Achievers to learn more.

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