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Sophomore Scholars in Residence and Living-Learning Communities Application for 2016-2017

The faculty and staff of these living-learning communities and SSIR programs are looking for a diverse group of students for each program: athletes, international students, students who are undecided on a major, and students with a lot or with little involvement on campus thus far are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for the 2016–17 academic year for Sophomore Scholars in Residence, Local to Global, and La Casa Hispánica is January 31, 2016.

Incoming first-year students will find the application for those communities in StarRez; admitted students will find information on how to access StarRez on the New Spiders website.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Personal Data

First Name:

Last Name:

Preferred Name:


Educational Information

Declared or Intended Major:

Cumulative GPA:

Class of:

Involvement Information

Are you a NCAA athlete? Yes No

Are you a member of or planning to be a member of a social Greek organization? Yes No

Please list the student organizations you belong to and your role:
Officer Member
Officer Member

Please list a faculty or staff member at the University that may speak to your skills, abilities, or involvement as a student at the University of Richmond.
Position at the University:

Program Interest

Please select the program(s) that you are interested in applying for; rank the program(s) that you are applying for by preference (1 = first choice, 2 = second choice, etc.). You may only apply for three programs that you are eligible for. Please note that for each program you select you need to address those programs in your responses to the questions on the next tab.

Programs Only Available to Students of the Class of 2019:

Arts in Action
Disaster, Memory and Popular Culture
Geography of the James River Watershed
Global Health, Medical Humanities, and Human Rights
Longevity and Happiness
Out of the Sea
Reading to Live
Salsa Meets Jazz
The System
Travel for Discovery

Programs Available to Students of the Classes of 2018 and 2019

Local to Global: Jewish History and Memory

Programs Available to Students of the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019

La Casa Hispánica

Other Positions or Programs

We know that students may also be applying to other residentially based programs or leadership positions in addition to this one. Please indicate which programs or positions that you have either applied to or plan to apply to.

I have applied or plan to apply for:
Richmond College Resident Assistant
Westhampton College Resident Assistant
Resident Assistant for a Sophomore Scholars or Living-Learning community
Cultural Advisor

Short Answer Responses

Please answer the following questions completely. If you have selected multiple programs from the list on the previous tab, you should answer the question in relation to each program.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of this Living-Learning community?

What talents, skills or experiences do you possess that would benefit this community?

How does participating in this Living-Learning community complement your educational plans at the University of Richmond or any future plans?

Living-learning and SSIR communities are comprised of diverse students from various backgrounds, beliefs, interests and opinions that live and share a variety of experiences together (share a room, attend class, travel, group work, etc). Describe your expectations for a community of this nature.

Supplemental Questions

If you applied for the Local to Global or La Casa Hispánica communities, please complete the following supplemental questions. If you did not, please skip this section and submit your application.  

Local to Global Supplmental Questions:

  1. Please list two study abroad programs that you are interested in considering for the spring 2017 semester abroad. Please refer to the provided list of recommended programs, and/or to the full list of Richmond-approved study abroad programs.
  2. Please describe why you are interested in these programs and how you feel studying there will enhance your experience in the Local to Global community, as well as fit with your other academic goals.

La Casa Hispánica Supplemental Questions

If you applied for La Casa Hispánica, please indicate which semester you plan to live within the community:

How would you describe your proficiency of the Spanish language?

Key Dates

Jan 31, 2016
Applications are due

Feb 6, 2016
SSIR and Living Learning Interview Day
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Feb 10, 2016
Students are notified

Feb 15, 2016
Students must return their participation contract

Feb 22–26, 2016
First community meetings

Students Seeking Accommodations in Housing

Housing accommodations are available for students whose medical related conditions or disabilities substantially limit their housing needs.  However, to be considered for such special housing, they must submit a completed disability accommodation application and documentation to the University Disability Coordinator, Dr. Tinina Cade, by January 15, 2016. Applications are accepted after these deadlines but may delay review.  Submitting a disability medical accommodation request does not automatically guarantee a space in University housing. 

Students are encouraged to consult and meet with their disability advisors each year or as indicated. Annual applications are encouraged should there be changes in accommodation needs and medical conditions.