Virginia Tech is hosting the 10th Annual Residential College Symposium on October 18-20, 2023, in Blacksburg! It will be a great opportunity for faculty, student affairs professionals, and students to expand their learning network, share knowledge, and build community around the residential college experience. This is not only a great experience for institutions with active Residential Colleges, but also for those who are exploring the possibility to introduce one at their institution or just learn about the system.  

Registration information is on this page (https://llp.vt.edu/RCS.html) including information regarding travel and lodging. Early registration rates are available through July 31!

You can also submit a program proposal through June 30 via the webpage hyperlinked above.

Share with your networks and please email Lauren Oliver, VT Symposium Committee Member,  laurenoliver@vt.edu, if you have any questions. 


To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we’re offering a learning session each month centered on the residential college experience! Join us as we learn, grow, and connect with each other in new ways each month leading up to our TENTH symposium.

Check out our sessions on this page and click this link to register for the sessions you want to attend!

We’ll email the Zoom links to the session(s) you register for 24 hours ahead of the session. 


In 2015, an article titled “It Is Time to Count Learning Communities” written by Jean Henscheid was published in Learning Communities Research and Practice. The National Learning Community Collaborative* seeks to respond to this call with the intent to build a broad-based directory of linked-courses learning communities, coordinated studies programs, living-learning communities, and residential colleges that will become available to the public. In an effort to prepare this directory, we hope institutions will respond to this brief inventory. We encourage recipients of this inventory to forward this inventory to colleagues who oversee and facilitate other learning community efforts. As this directory is established, institutions will be able to search programs in both their state and region in an effort to build community across institutions, learn from one another, and explore the possibility of sharing resources. Thank you in advance for your contributions to this directory.

To be included in the directory, please submit details about your program(s) here.  We anticipate this form will take 5-10 minutes to complete for each program.

*The Directory is hosted by The National Learning Community Collaborative. The Collaborative is a cohort of learning community (LC) practitioners and researchers representing the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education, the Learning Communities Association (LCA), the ACUHO-I Academic Initiatives Conference, the National Learning Community Consortium (NLCC), the Residential College Society (RCS), the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students In Transition (NRC).


Transforming higher education by advancing the Residential College experience

Cohabitantes Discamus “Dwelling together, let us learn”

The Residential College Society seeks to transform higher education by providing a learning network for faculty and student affairs educators to share knowledge, build community, and advance scholarship about the residential college experience.

The initiatives, programs, and services of the Residential College Society are focused on four primary pillars:
— Experience
— Scholarship
— Knowledge
— Community

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