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Learning Communities

Our Mission:

Residential Learning Communities at the University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to building a residential environment design for academic success, social development, and personal growth through faculty and staff interaction and campus community partnerships.

What is a Residential Learning Community?

A Residential Learning Community (RLC) is a group of freshmen with the same major or interests who take 2 to 3 of their core curriculum classes together during their first semester at UTSA.  Each RLC is comprised of 24 freshmen.  Students who enroll in a RLC will live in the same section at Laurel OR Chaparral Village in order to create a specific residential learning environment. RLC is a voluntary program that assists first-year students academically and socially.

Why join a Learning Community?

  • To network with faculty
  • You can easily form study groups
  • GPA and retention rates are consistently higher for Residential Learning Communities students
  • To build connections with peer leaders who are knowledgeable about campus resources and university life
  • To get involved with UTSA
  • To get to know people and build friendships
  • A great beginning to a valuable college education

What to expect from a Residential Learning Community

  • COR 1203:Freshman Seminar course - for students interested in areas such as business, engineering, science, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and/or for students who are still undecided about their college major
  • Outside classroom interaction with Faculty
  • Academic Support programs
  • Events catered to RLC students
  • A supportive learning environment
  • Involvement in residential community
  • Involvement with UTSA community
  • Peer-mentoring and study skills
  • A community of students with similar interests
  • Opportunities to participate in special field trips and activities

Who can join?

All freshmen who are living at Laurel OR Chaparral Village who meet the enrollment requirements

How do I apply?

Complete the Residential Learning Communities application and submit by: Friday,May 25, 2012

Contact Us:

For more information, please contact, Learning Communities at 210-458-7490 or email

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