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Sophomore Scholars in Residence and Living-Learning Communities Application for 2020-2021

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 2020–21 academic year for Sophomore Scholars in Residence, Earth Lodge, and UR Living Well is February 9, 2020.

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; 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 2023:

Borders and Walls
Human Rights and Modern-Day Slavery
Paradox of the Cultivated Wild
Reading to Live
Salsa Meets Jazz
Self-Discovery and Social Change
Stories of Work, Life, and Fulfillment

Programs Available to Students of the Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023

Earth Lodge
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.

Why are you interested in becoming a member of this Sophomore Scholars and/or living-learning community(ies)?

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

How does participating in this Sophomore Scholars or living-learning community(ies) complement your educational plans at the University of Richmond or any future plans?

Sophomore Scholars or living-learning community(ies) 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.

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 Earth Lodge 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

February 9, 2020

Participant Applications for SSIR, Earth Lodge, and UR Living Well due

February 15, 2020

SSIR and Living-Learning Interview Day

February 18, 2020

Offers to join communities are made

February 21, 2020

Students must complete their participation contract

March 2-6, 2020

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 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, 2020. 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.