This is an archived copy of the 2016-17 catalogue. To access the most recent version of the catalogue, please visit

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) at the University of Vermont are designed to engage the whole student, tying together the intellectual, ethical, cultural and social aspects of college life. By living together with fellow students who share common interests and ideals, the individual student becomes part of a true community, a community that is also tied to the greater world beyond the confines of the university. In addition, students, faculty, and staff are given the opportunity to interact outside the classroom, the lab, or the office, thereby encouraging the pursuit of knowledge as a lifetime activity.

Five Residential Learning Communities are offered, including: The Arts Initiative; The Dewey House for Community Engagement; The Global Village; GreenHouse; and Health & Wellness.

Students in RLCs participate in a variety of activities that are designed to explore the theme of their community, including workshops, field trips, attending music and theatre performances, guest lectures, and participating in recreational and cultural activities. First-time students (and in some cases returning students) enroll in one-credit courses that supplement each community’s learning goals.

Admission to RLCs is by application, and complete information about these dynamic communities can be found on the RLC Website: .