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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find frequently asked questions about participating in a first-year living-learning community. If you have other questions that are not answered here, please contact us.

May I apply for more than one living-learning community?

Yes. You can only apply to be a participant in up to three living-learning communities total. Faculty are looking for students who show a particular interest in their community.

What's an ideal length for my application essays?

An essay response should be concise, yet expansive enough for you to express genuine interest as to why you want to be part of this community. Past application essays ranged from 1–2 paragraphs. If you are applying to more than one community, be sure to address each community in your essay responses.

I have submitted my application. Now what?

You will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Living-Learning Programs by May 8. In that email, more details about the selection process will be included.

What are the faculty looking for from students?

We are looking for students with a genuine interest in the topic and an open mind. We want students who will commit to the community fully. Participants should want to join a community of peers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines, and who want to do more with their academics outside of the classroom. 

I am a student athlete; can I apply to be in community?

Yes, communities are open to all. We have had many student athletes participate in living-learning communities who successfully balance academics, the community, and their athletic commitments. 

Where will I be living and do these halls cost more?

Our single-gender first-year communities are located in Dennis and Moore Halls. Wood Hall houses our co-educational first-year communities. All three halls are traditional-style residence halls with mainly double (and some triple) rooms, and hall bathrooms (single-gender bathrooms in all buildings). More information about the buildings can be found on the Residence Life website. Room and board fees can be found at the Controller’s website.

How is the co-ed residence hall organized? Are the bathrooms gendered in the co-ed residence halls?

In Wood Hall, the floors are divided between men and women. One gender will live in about 1/3 of the rooms on a floor, while the other gender will live in 2/3 of the rooms. This ratio flips genders on the next floor. On the third floor, each pod is single-gender. The basement is also single-gender. The first and second floors of Wood Hall have two bathrooms – one for each gender. Each single-gender area of the building also has its own bathroom.

I have a friend who is applying for a different living-learning community. If we both get in, can we live together?

If you and your friend are applying to different single-gender communities, you will live only with the others in that community. If you and your friend are applying to co-ed communities, you may be able to choose your friend as a roommate. However, this is not guaranteed.

When will we find out exactly where we will live after being accepted into the community?

The associate director of housing will send out housing assignments for the living-learning programs on the same day as the rest of the first-year class housing assignments. This occurs mid-summer.

I want a single room in the community. Is that possible?

There are an extremely limited number of single rooms available in the first-year halls. In most communities, there are no singles available.

I require specific housing accommodations. Can I still apply and participate in a community?

Yes, students requiring accommodations can still participate in a living-learning community.

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 May 15, 2017. 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.

I do not identify on the gender binary. Do I have housing options within living-learning communities?

Yes. First-year students wo identify beyond the binary, including but not limited to genderqueer, gender questioning, or trans students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Richmond or Westhampton College, or the Director of Common Ground, to ensure that the University is meeting their housing needs.

Does it cost anything to participate in living-learning community?

No. Participation involves no out of pocket expenses for students; transportation, food, and admission to anything as a class is included.

How do I enroll in the corresponding course for my community?

As a participant in the first-year living-learning program, you will be automatically enrolled (by the Registrar’s Office) in the fall semester seminar.

What is the difference between Richmond and Westhampton Colleges?

The University of Richmond was originally established as two colleges, Richmond College for men in 1840 and Westhampton College for women in 1914. Together, the Colleges are dedicated to supporting all students who identify with each College, to help students to become the best versions of themselves, including through the following College-sponsored programming.