University Housing at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville is a featured program.
Many of our residents live in these residential learning communities, based on themes or academic majors. Resident assistants are encouraged to cultivate relationships with faculty members and academic stakeholders to enrich this living learning experience.
Each focused interest community at SIUE has been established to enhance the learning experiences of residential students outside the classroom. Whether it is through an academic or developmental approach, focused interest communities at SIUE are improving the lives of many residential students.
University Housing believes that because our students are spending many hours outside of the classroom, it is important to engage them in experiences that will promote academic success. This is important to engage them with the university and connect them with peers that have many of the same interests as they do. Our focused interest communities bring academics into the living environment by incorporating faculty interaction through our Faculty Fellows program, on-site classes in our “smart classroom” and communities focused on interest and academic major. Focused Interest Communities provide residents with various opportunities for connection and social interaction and create a sense of belonging to both SIUE and their individual community.
Advantages of Focused Interest Communities at SIUE:
- Enhanced academic and social opportunities.
- The chance to form bonds with faculty members outside of the classroom through ongoing interaction.
- Opportunity to live with other students who share similar interest and ambitions.
- Increased satisfaction with SIUE and the overall college experience.
- Creation of lifelong friendships and connections.
Submitted by Michael Schultz, Director of University Housing, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville