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First-Year Residential Experience

Enriched learning experiences begin the moment you come to campus!


In an effort to ensure that First-Year students have a smooth transition into university life, the Office of Residence Life facilitates opportunities for students to become exposed to essential intellectual and co-curricular opportunities that will allow them to become engaged during their time living on-campus. We provide outside of the classroom events and experiences for students that enrich their learning outside of the classroom! 

The UMass Lowell Core Curriculum includes seven Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) that are critical components of every student’s educational experience. The Office of Residence Life enriches the residential experience through weaving these Essential Learning Outcomes throughout our Residential Curriculum. Our goal is to provide intentional programs to our First-Year students based upon their developmental needs through Learning Objective based programming (see below).

Enriching your learning is simple! All you have to do is engage in the programs created by your Resident Advisor (RA)!

The Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs):

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA): Be a thoughtful, aware citizen of the global community.
  • Information Literacy (IL): Find, evaluate, and synthesize information effectively and persuasively.
  • Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE): Shape the world to improve life in your community and beyond.
  • Written and Oral Communication (WOC): Express ideas to professional peers with purpose and clarity.
  • Quantitative Literacy (QL): Be skilled in the many forms and varieties of numerical analysis.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS): Evaluate ideas and evidence rationally to produce and implement solutions.
  • Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL): Synthesize knowledge and abilities in meaningful practice.

First-Year Residential Experience: Learning Objectives

As a result of living in a First-Year residence hall at UMass Lowell, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Examine various aspects of their culture along with cultures different from their own - Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA)
  • Identify risks associated with alcohol and drug use - Information Literacy (IL)
  • Generate a list of personal values and explain how they pertain to social responsibility - Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE)
  • Implement skills that allow them to communicate in a productive manner - Written and Oral Communication (WOC)
  • Develop financial literacy and leverage it to make choices while in college - Quantitative Literacy (QL)
  • Formulate time management skills by understanding how to effectively prioritize - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS)
  • Develop personal goals for their time in college - Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL)

First-Year Residential Experience Team

Michael Coughlin, Coordinator of First-Year Experience & Parent Programs -
Joy Schmelzer, Associate Director for First-Year Experience & Parent Programs -