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Living On Campus
Living on campus provides freshmen unique opportunities to connect and learn alongside fellow students, staff, and faculty while enjoying the conveniences and accommodations of on-campus living.
Approximately 95 percent of SCU freshmen live on campus, but even those who choose to live off campus are members of a Residential Learning Community (RLC). Each RLC is associated with a residence hall, and each organizes its community around one or two broad themes. Students take some of their classes with other students in their RLC, and regular events—sometimes connected to those classes—bring students together. When people share interests, knowledge, and experiences, it just makes everything that happens in an RLC more enjoyable and more enriching.
Each RLC is coordinated by a leadership team that includes a faculty director, a member of Santa Clara's faculty, and a resident director, a full time student-life professional. Nearly all of the faculty directors and all of the resident directors live in the residence halls. The leadership team also includes live-in resident ministers, some Jesuits-in-residence, and a student staff that includes an assistant resident director and a team of community facilitators. The leadership yeam is hard at work, long before school starts in the fall, creating a year-long schedule of fun and interesting events for their RLC.
Two requirements central to the foundations component of Santa Clara's Core Curriculum are the two-quarter Critical Thinking and Writing, and Cultures and Ideas sequences. Your responses on the Supplemental Pre-enrollment Information Form, or SPIF, help us determine the two sequences that best match your interests. You also have the opportunity on the SPIF to tell us if you're interested in one of the special, small communities we've created within some of the RLCs, or in taking a bilingual Critical Thinking and Writing sequence.
Various departments come together to make the on-campus living experience possible. These include the Housing Office, Office of Residence Life, the Residential Learning Community (RLC) program, and Dining Services.
The Housing Office coordinates all aspects of room and roommate assignments, contracts and billing.
Office of Residence Life manages the programmatic aspects of the on-campus living experience, including hiring and training community facilitators and coordinating the many events and leadership opportunities offered in the residence halls.
The RLC Program collaborates with various faculty members across campus, coordinates the linked courses offered in each RLC, and facilitates other co-curricular initiatives.
Dining Services provides various meal plan options for students. Additional information on meal plan options and campus dining venues can be found through this link.
Steps to prepare you to join our community