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Sophomore Scholars in Residence and Living-Learning Communities Application for 2021-2022

The faculty and staff of these living-learning communities, and of SSIR are looking for a diverse group of students for their programs. As you fill out the application, please keep in mind that they will be read in their entirety by the faculty or staff of the programs you are applying to. From there, the faculty/staff will choose who to interview for their program. We encourage you to take time with the application and be thoughtful in your answers so that the reader can get a sense of who you are and what you are passionate about.

The application deadline for the 2021–22 academic year for Sophomore Scholars in Residence, and UR Living Well is 12:00 p.m. on January 29, 2021.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Personal Data

First Name:

Last Name:

Preferred Name:

Richmond Email Address:


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 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. 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 2024:
 A Tale of Two Cities
 Borders and Walls
 Building Brasilia
 Community Journalism
 Healthcare and Medical Humanities
 Reading to Live
 Salsa Meets Jazz
 Toxic Communities

Programs Available to Students of the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024:

 UR Living Well

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:
 Resident Assistant
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.

Discuss your first-year experience at UR has been so far. How do you think being in an SSIR will impact your college experience? If you selected UR Living Well, how do you think this community will impact your college experience? 

Why you want to be in the classes that you selected specifically, and what do you hope to gain from being in those classes if you are selected? For UR Living Well, what do you hope to gain from being part of this community?

What role do you play in a community? What do you think you would contribute to the SSIR or UR Living Well community?

Tell us about a time when your views were challenged. How did you handle the situation and what did you learn?

Studying Abroad?

If you are interested in one of the Sophomore Scholars communities, you are not able to study abroad, as participating in a SSIR community is a full-year commitment.

Students applying for UR Living Well may study abroad in the Spring semester. Students who plan to study abroad in the Fall semester will need to apply for the community in a future year.

Key Dates

January 29, 2021

Participant Applications for SSIR and UR Living Well due

February 2–12, 2021

Student interviews with faculty 

February 17, 2021

Offers to join communities are made

February 22, 2021

Students must complete their participation contract

March 1–5, 2021

First community meetings

Gender Flexible Housing

Gender flexible housing is available as an option within Sophomore Scholars and living-learning communities for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students will be given more information about how gender flexible housing during their first community meeting. Students within the community interested in gender flexible housing will need to complete the online application prior to their community's room selection date.

As with all housing options, GFH is not guaranteed.

Students within a Sophomore Scholars or living-learning community who might have a need for GFH—especially those who identify beyond the binary, including but not limited to genderqueer, gender questioning, or trans students—should contact the Director of Living-Learning Programs to discuss their needs and available options.


Housing Accommodations

Housing accommodations are available for students whose medical related conditions or disabilities substantially limit their housing needs. However, to be considered, students must submit a completed disability accommodation application and documentation to the Director of Disability Services, by February 1, 2021. Applications are accepted after these deadlines but may delay review. Submitting an accommodation request does not automatically guarantee a specific space in University housing. 

Annual applications are encouraged should there be changes in accommodation needs and medical conditions.