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Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) are formal course groupings for students that offer a residential component to merge academic exploration with on-campus living. The academic components of RLCs are coordinated through University College’s Learning Community (LC) program, which also offers a large number of non-residential learning communities. Housing and Residence Life works in collaboration with University College to enhance the academic component of LCs with the opportunity for community growth and development within our residence halls.


Communication :   Fine ArtsScholars   


Communication: Washington Hall

Students participating in Communications RLCs will live in Washington Hall on the East Green. The Communication RLCs support academic exploration and community engagement for students with a variety of communications interests. This RLC offers a supportive learning experience that exposes students to new ideas academically in addition to a variety of opportunities to connect within the residential environment. To find out more about the academic components of this community, check out the learning community site for the College of Communication here. The LC site features student testimonials and details about the linked courses in this program.

Fine Arts: Lincoln Hall

The Fine Arts RLC offers unique academic and creative opportunities for students from a variety of Fine Arts interests, including dance, music, theater, and art. Within the RLC, there are multiple “Experience the Arts” academic options, providing linked courses for students with the benefit of rehearsal and studio space within their living space. Lincoln Hall houses dance and art studio space, a music and computer lounge, and flexible, multipurpose spaces. Recently renovated, the fully air-conditioned Lincoln Hall is located across the street from Putnam, Glidden, and Seigfred Halls, which house the schools representing the College of Fine Arts. Visit the Fine Arts Learning Community page for information about faculty and staff serving the RLC, academic offerings, and to see pictures of participants and program facilities.

Scholar Halls

Challenge your mind, build your network, and continue the conversation outside the classroom.

Read-Johnson Scholars' Complex - RJSC (HTC, Scholarship)

Located on the East Green, Read and Johnson Halls form the Scholars' Complex, which houses a number of students from the Honor’s Tutorial College (HTC) and other university scholarship programs (see list below). The complex features multiple study and community spaces for students to read, meet with a project group, or just relax. Read Hall also hosts visiting scholars who are encouraged to interact with students both informally and through planned engagements. The Read-Johnson Complex is located near Jefferson Dining Hall, the College of Education, and College of Fine Arts complex. It is also within easy walking distance to uptown Athens and the College Green. To learn more about this community, visit the Honor’s Tutorial College residence halls page or the RJSC homepage.

RJSC Eligible Scholarship Programs
  • Honor Tutorial College
  • Urban Scholars
  • Appalachian Scholars
  • Templeton Scholars
  • Copeland Scholars
  • Cutler Scholars
  • ACE
  • Russ Vision
  • King Chavez Parks
  • OHIO Signature Scholarship ($4500 or higher)


Hoover House (HTC, Scholarship)

The South Green is home to Hoover House, where many participants in the Honors Tutorial College reside. Hoover is laid out in a mod configuration. Each mod has three hallways with six residents living off of each hallway. The hallways lead to a community living space. This space is conducive to studying and socializing, whatever your mood. Hoover is convenient to Ping Recreation Center, Nelson Dining Hall, and Athens’ 20+ mile bike path. To learn more about this community, visit the Honor’s Tutorial College residence halls page.


Perkins Hall (College of Arts and Sciences Scholars)

Scholars participating in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Scholars program have the option of living in Perkins Hall on the East Green. Scholars will take a connected course each semester that facilitates intensive discussion, reflection, and writing. First year CAS Scholars are encouraged to live in Perkins to take advantage of planned and casual academic, community, and social programs. Perkins is located next to Shively Dining Hall and is also within easy walking distance to Morton Hall and the College Green. To learn more about this community, visit the College of Arts and Sciences Scholars’ page.