Learning Communities & Theme Housing

Learning Communities at Rider

Our learning communities are an excellent way to connect with other students who share similar interests or academic majors with you. You’ll forge new and lasting friendships as you work together toward common goals with members of Rider’s faculty and the staffs of student life and residence life.

 

Community Service Learning Community (CSLC)Poyda HallOpen to Bonner Community Scholars and all students with an interest in community service, this learning community focuses on developing leadership through service and collegiality.  Activities include community service efforts and collaboration with various campus organizations on service projects.

NOTE: Bonner Community Scholars freshmen are given priority status for seleting rooms
Discovery ProgramKroner Hall and Hill Hall

This year-long program of academic exploration, leadership development and student engagement is open by invitation to high-potential freshmen who have not declared a major.  Students are introduced to Rider's full range of academic opportunities and engage in exciting hands-on learning expdriences.

NOTE: Participation in the Discovery Program is by invitation only.

Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Program with Faculty-in-ResicenceConover HallOpen to all freshmen, FYE acts as a bridge, linking students to both formal academic programs and rich out-of-classroom learning and development activities.  The presence of a Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) helps to create a living/learning environment that promotes student academic achievement and scholarship.
The International CommunityGee HallOpen to all students, including freshmen, Gee Hall brings together international and domestic students to share customs, work on developing cross-cultural communication skills, improve their foreign language skills, and promote respect and friendship among individuals of all nations and backgrounds.
Wellness CommunityOlson HallThe Wellness Community is for students who desire an environment focusing on health, wellness, fitness and recreation.  Programming focuses on developing a wellness lifestyle, and its members agree to maintain a smoke-and alcohol-free environment.  It is open to all students, including freshmen.
All-Women's Residence Hall & The Wright Hall Learning CommunityWright HallOpen to all female students, this community promotes empowerment for women through programming and service directly related to women's issues in health, beauty, safety, media, history, politics, and culture.  Special programs focus on the particular needs of women in America and the world.

 

ACADEMIC & HONORS LEARNING COMMUNITIES

The following learning communities require a specific academic designation.  If you are an approved member of BHP/CBA Honors, CBA E.D.G.E, SLC, PLC and FPA, select no LLC. You will automatically be able to select spaces in these learning communities during the room selection phase.

 

Baccalaureate Honors Program (BHP) Freshman Learning Communityand College of Business (CBA) Honors Freshman Learning Community

Ziegler  HallNOTE: Freshman BHP and Business CBA Honors majors are given pre-selection priority status for selecting rooms in the BHP learning community.

This Freshman learning community fosters intellectual growth and a social community among students who enroll in Rider's BHP-100: Great Ideas I - the gateway course in the Baccalaureate Honors Program (BHP).  Students share challenges and opportunities with classmates who are studying with the same texts, doing similar assignments, and participating in some of the same co-curricular events.
CBA EDGE Learning CommunityKroner HallIin this community, first-year Business Administration majors will
Explore the issues of business,
Discover new friends and opportunities, are
Guided toward choosing a specific major and
Evolve as business students throughout their first year at Rider.  Learn more at www.rider.edu/cbaedge.

NOTE:  Business Administration freshman are given pre-selection priority status for selecting rooms in the CBA EDGE Learning Community.
Fine Arts HouseLake HouseLake House is the creative hub for freshmen enrolled in the School of Fine and Performing Arts.  State-of-the-art practce rooms and a keyboard lab also allow music instruction and mentoring to occur where students live and learn.  Additional practice rooms are also located in Kroner Hall.
Psychology Learning Community (PLC)Poyda HallOpen to freshman psychology majors, this learning community offers students the chance to interact with faculty and participate in psychology-related programming and activities that focus on student success.  The RA is an experienced psychology major and upper-level majors will serve as mentors.

NOTE:  First-year psychology majors are given pre-selection priority status for selecting rooms in Poyda Hall
Science Learning Community (SLC)Switlik HallThis community features academic and social programs that focus on giving science majors a chance to interact with faculty and creating a sense of community.  Open to all science majors, including freshmen, activities range from tutoring and peer-led team instruction to game nights and field trips. 

NOTE:  First-year science majors are given pre-selection priority status for selecting rooms in the Science Learning Community