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Residential Education

Live & Learn with Purpose!


Whether you are a First-Year student or a graduating senior, there is always something that can be learned as a result of living on-campus!

We have developed a Residential Curriculum to help meet the needs of our diverse residential population. For First-Year students, their First-Year Residential Experience is lead by Graduate Resident Educators whom are assigned to each of the first year residence halls. The Graduate Resident Educators have a number of ways in which they build community and promote academic success, and create developmental programs to help students transition into University life.

The Upper-Class Residential Experience is facilitated by Resident Advisors (RAs), with support from their Resident Director or Complex Director programming for Upper-Class students is based upon the developmental needs of Sophomore, Junior and Senior residential students. The Office of Residence Life seeks to provide opportunities for these students to begin preparing for life after college through creating a purposeful experience for Upper-Class students who live on-campus.

Residence Life Events

For all the great things happening within our Residence Halls, check out our calendar of events!

Residential Curriculum

The Residential Curriculum is designed to assist RAs in educating resident students on essential learning objectives in which UMass Lowell believes each student should develop competence. RAs will facilitate intentional and purposeful programs that meet the academic and social needs of the residential population within their floor. The Office of Residence Life has designed Learning Objectives (LOs) for each class year and for every Living-Learning Community (LLC), which are based off of the Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs). Also, the university has identified events and experiences that support the ELOs. To learn more about the specific objectives we have created for our residential students, review the individual Living-Learning Community pages, along with the First-Year Residential Experience and Upper-Class Residential Experience pages on the left-hand navigation bar.

The Residential Curriculum incorporates several types of programming categories into the residential experience. Review the program categories below, and be sure to talk to your RA to find out what they have planned for you!

Community Builders - Fun activities, such as dinner, game night, or attending a hockey game, that each residence hall floor can participate in together. The purpose is to get students to know one another and build relationships between peers on their floor.

Learning Objective (LO) Programs - Intentionally created programs that meet the learning objectives which have been created for the specific community that an RA is serving. Learning Objectives have been created based on the developmental needs of students and are unique for each community.

Study Break Programs - These programs occur each semester around the time of mid-terms and finals. The purpose is to provide students a reprieve during the most rigorous and stressful portions of the semester.

Building Wide Programs - Large-scale Community Builder programs that are meant to engage the entire building community. Building Wide Programs are coordinated by Assistant Resident Directors with support from the RA staff. One Building Wide program will be hosted each semester.

Bulletin Boards - RAs create three engaging bulletin boards each semester, for a total of six for the year. Bulletin Board topics are based on the Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs). Below is a list of potential Bulletin Board topics:

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA): Diversity on campus; Diversity in greater Lowell; Diversity in the world
  • Information Literacy (IL): Sexual health decision making; Wellness; Alcohol & drug use
  • Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE): Ethics & Integrity; Social justice & service; Sustainability
  • Written and Oral Communication (WOC): Communicate using email; Network within your field of study; Interview skills
  • Quantitative Literacy (QL): Student loans; Credit building/credit cards; Paying personal taxes
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS): Personal safety; Self-advocacy; Time management
  • Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL): Career preparation; Getting involved on campus; Global network of UMass Alumni

Living-Learning Communities - Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide students the opportunity to explore common interests with other students in their living environment. Through living and participating in an LLC, students will be provided with intentional and meaningful opportunities that will help them to make purposeful links between the academic and co-curricular components of their college experience. Explore the opportunities that are available to you by visiting the Living-Learning Communities webpages!