Santa Clara University

Residential Learning Communities

What People Are Saying

kestenProfessor Phil Kesten

In our Residential Learning Communities, students take some of their classes together, have many opportunities to develop close relationships with faculty and staff on the RLC leadership teams, and get more actively involved more quickly in their college education. That’s really why I got involved with the RLC program – our communities provide more opportunities and incentives for students to connect their academic experiences with their residential and social ones. By creating a culture in which these connections are natural, we encourage students to carry academic conversations beyond the classroom. As students study and learn together, they develop strong bonds that last a lifetime.

6570_221837130452_778335452_7993906_6699817_nAnna Houk, Orientation Leader

Like many freshman students, I entered Santa Clara with an overwhelmed but eager mind. I anxiously awaited the friends I would meet, the classes I would take, and the experiences I would have. The transition from high school to college poses a big change, one that is impossible to predict or anticipate, which can be both exciting and stressful all at the same time. With a whole new world of freedom, independence, and responsibility that lay ahead, I did not have the slightest clue of what to expect. To my surprise, my RLC became so much more than simply a place to live. It’s a rare community that you’ll be lucky to find elsewhere during your lifetime. I entered Santa Clara as an enthusiastic but apprehensive freshman, worried if I would live out that glorified college experience everyone so often talked up. After my first year, I can confidently say that I left as an integral part of a community, one that will provide guidance, friendship, and comfort for the remaining years to come.

rlc Natalie Lemas, freshman


I recall my first few moments of being a member of my RLC. My whole floor of the residence hall played a game called ‘link tag’ in order to get to know each other better. Within the first few seconds of meeting each other we were all laughing and having a great time. After our ‘getting to know you’ activity I was so excited to talk to every person in my RLC. This excitement grew even more when I discovered that the people in my RLC were going to be my classmates as well. I knew that whenever I needed help with homework or studying for a test, my friends would be there.

Our RLC not only worked hard academically, we also played hard. One of my favorite events was when my we went to jump at Sky High, basically a huge gymnasium covered in trampolines. It was amazing! Practically every person from my RLC attended and we had such a great time just goofing off together.

If only someone had told me in the beginning how easy and effortless it was to become part of a new community at Santa Clara, it would have saved me a lot of stress! Really, my RLC became my family away from home and I am proud to say that I am part of such an amazing community of people.


RLC Contact Information

Residential Learning Communities
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Benson Memorial Center, Room 213

Phone: 408-554-4366
FAX: 408-554-4935

Director: Prof. Phil Kesten
Phone: 408-554-4311
Fax: 408-554-6965

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