Residential Learning Communities

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Learning is not limited to the four walls of the classroom. 

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) provide residents a unique, inclusive residential learning experience that takes education outside of the classroom and allows residents to learn where they live—alongside students with similar academic interests and values.

RLCs create an environment for students to be educated through a unique experience that fosters learning, character development, maturity and individual growth. These communities offer inclusion, exposure to a vast array of diversity and help build lifelong relationships.

Our RLCs are classified as either a Living Learning Community or a Themed Learning Community.

Note: If you apply and are accepted to a RLC you will be assigned a room in the designated building.

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Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide our students with a direct in-class experience. LLC residents take at least one course together in relation to the focus of their community.  These students interact not only in the classroom, but also within their assigned residential spaces. LLC residents participate in out of class experiences planned by the LLC faculty/staff partner and their LLC Resident Assistant (RA).

Rollins Scholars

Location: Walker Apartments (updated 3/17/19)
Living Learning Community
Sponsoring Department: Gary W. Rollins College of Business
Contact: Jaclyn Wooten-York,, 423-425-4313

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Apply for the Rollins Scholars LLC

Rollins Scholars, Business Residential College offers first-year business students an exciting opportunity to live, learn, lead and serve as they prepare to become future business and community leaders. Using a network of community members, peer mentors, instructors and residence hall staff, students will make lasting connections and create a strong foundation for success at UTC and in life beyond college. The Business Residential College fosters team work and creates a professional network, building connections in and out of the classroom to prepare “business world ready” students.

UTC Honors LLC

Location: Stagmaier Hall
Living Learning Community
Sponsoring Department: Honors College
Contact: Sherese Williams,, 423-425-5315 

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Apply for the UTC Honors, LLC

The UTC Honors LLC is designed to provide unique academic and experiential learning experiences to freshmen in the High Achieving Mocs and Brock Scholars programs. In addition to seminar-style honors classes for general education, all Honors College students take a one credit hour course in which they explore their aptitude and develop ability to grow as leaders, collaborators, and creative problem solvers. Students interested in living in the UTC Honors LLC must apply and be accepted into either the High Achieving Mocs or Brock Scholars program first.

The NEST (Nurturing Effective and Successful Teachers)

Location: West Campus
Living Learning Community
Sponsoring Department: School of Education 
Contact: Kim Wingate,, 423-425-4212

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Apply for The NEST

The NEST provides first-time, freshmen education majors or minors the opportunity to integrate their academic and social lives through common living spaces, class schedules, and outside activities during their freshman year at UTC.  Members of The NEST work with an after-school program to increase their knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as a reflective practitioner and future educator.  They will also engage in meaningful community events and activities to build relationships with education stakeholders and community leaders. 

Engineering and Computer Science Residential College

Location: UCF Apartments 
Living Learning Community
Sponsoring Department: College of Engineering and Computer Science 
Contact: Julie David,, 423-425-5464

Apply for the Engineering Residential College

The Engineering Residential College will provide first-year students with a major in Engineering or Computer Science a unique opportunity to live and learn together.  Common courses will be taken during the fall and spring semester. In addition, there will be ongoing programming and events related to the course of study. 


Location: Stophel Apartments 
Living Learning Community
Sponsoring Department: The Graduate School
Contact: Lindsey Shepherd,

Apply for the ASPIRE, LLC

The STEM ASPIRE, LLC is mainly designed for scholars who obtained the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program. Students will live in the LLC for at least 2 years and participate in various activities to support their social and academic life at UTC. STEM ASPIRE students will take one credit hour course together during their first year to help them make the transition easier from high school to college, and to obtain knowledge and skills to develop and apply strategies to enhance academic success. 

Idea Central: An Entrepreneurship LLC

Location: West Campus
Living Learning Community
Sponsoring Department: Gary W. Rollins College of Business
Contact: Libby Santin,, 423-425-4786

Apply for Idea Central, LLC

The Entrepreneurship LLC is open to all entrepreneurship majors, entrepreneurship minors, and any other freshmen who have a keen interest in entrepreneurship.  This LLC will focus on connecting its members to Chattanooga's entrepreneurial ecosystem; connecting members to the UT System's resources for entrepreneurs; and exposure to ideas and innovations happening across the UTC campus.

First Gen MOCs

Location: Stagmaier Hall
Living Learning Community
Sponsoring Department: Student Success Programs
Contact: Crystal, 423-425-5871

Apply for First Gen MOCs

The First Gen Mocs program is for students who will be their first in their families to earn a college degree. Our program provides guidance to help students successfully navigate the transition from high school to college. Special programs and services will be offered to help students thrive at UTC, such as activities centered around career exploration, financial planning, and campus involvement. Students will take classes together and connect with a faculty/staff mentor (who was also the first in their family to graduate from college) to receive personalized support throughout the first year. 


Themed Learning Communities

Themed Learning Communities (TLCs) are not connected to a specific academic course/discipline, but still provide residents with a unique experience.  TLC residents are provided with the opportunity to reside with other students sharing their common interests.  TLC residents participate in events coordinated by the TLC faculty/staff partner and the TLC RA. 

Go Global

Location: Stophel Apartments 
Themed Learning Community
Sponsoring Department: Office of International Programs
Contact: Patricia Lin-Steadman,, 423-425-4735

Apply for Go Global

"Go Global!" allows UTC students to live with and learn from returning UTC international exchange students and new international exchange or ESL students from all over the world. Here, students will be able to practice speaking English, foster appreciation and respect for other cultures, and learn from other UTC students about Chattanooga and "The South". International students live with UTC students minoring or majoring in foreign languages, or international relations. 

RLC Vision and Mission


Residential Learning Communities are a collaborative effort amongst Housing and Residence Life and our colleagues across the institution. All communities share a common interest in the personal growth, academic success and holistic development of our students.


UTC Housing and Residence Life along with campus partners enhance the college experience of participants in  Residential Learning Communities by providing:

  • Shared courses and/or experiential learning opportunities inside or outside of the classroom
  • Inclusiveness
  • Active learning
  • Connecting students with faculty and staff
  • Developing leadership skills