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About Living-Learning and Sophomore Scholars in Residence Communities

Living-Learning and Sophomore Scholars in Residence communities bring together a diverse group of students for a year-long experience, where students live and take class together, as well as have opportunities to travel, become engaged in the community, and do research together.

Students should expect to be challenged academically, be pushed outside their comfort zone, and be committed to fully participating in the community. Students will find a distinctive experience, a supportive community of peers and mentors, and opportunities to connect what they learn in the classroom to the "real world."

First-Year Living-Learning

In addition to traditional residential options, we offer incoming first-year students several living-learning communities in which students with common interests live together and share a number of common experiences. Half of these communites will be coed, while the other half will be single-gender communities. Many of these communities have First-year Seminar classes associated with them, while others have specific subject-area courses associated with them. 

Sophomore Scholars in Residence

The Sophomore Scholars in Residence (SSIR) program, designed exclusively for rising sophomores, has become a hallmark program at the University of Richmond. Each year, 25% of the sophomore class participates in the ten communities within the program.

Earth Lodge

The Earth Lodge community is an opportunity for students who have a passion for or simply recreational appreciation of the great outdoors. The community will participate in several outdoor themed activities during the year and provide opportunities for students to achieve certifications in outdoor related activities.

Global House

The Global House community offers an opportunity for international and domestic students who share a common interest in learning about different cultures. This community does not have a course associated with it, but students in the community commit to participating in a range of cultural events.

Language Community

For the second year, we are offering a Spanish language community called, La Casa Hispánica. This community does not have a course associated with it, but students who participate in the community commit to only speaking Spanish within the residence hall.

First-Year Communities

Open to students in the Class of 2021

Programs available to Westhampton College students:
Moore International
Ready for Moore
Women in Math and Science

Programs available to Richmond College students:
Explore UR World
Spinning Your Web

Programs availble for both Richmond and Westhampton College students:
American City, American Culture
Civic Journalism and Social Justice
Live from Russia: Introduction to Russian Language and Culture
Narratives of Identity and Relationship
Wrongful Convictions in Modern America

Communities for Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

Open to students in the Class of 2018, 2019, and 2020

La Casa Hispánica

Earth Lodge

Global House