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Residential Learning Communities

Tulane Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) are immersive spaces in a residence hall where students live together to learn about and participate in activities centered around a theme.

About RLCs

Students within each RLC live on a designated floor(s) with other RLC students who are interested in a deeper exploration of focus in the community. In these collaborative spaces, students are encouraged to exchange, challenge, question, and grow – both academically and socially. Students who live in an RLC benefit from additional staff and faculty support and involvement. Housing and Residence Life (HRL) works in partnership with an academic or university department to provide students in each RLC with the resources and opportunities they need to foster an academic sense of self inside and outside of the classroom, build relationships with peers, and increase their sense of belonging to Tulane University

How to Apply

You will find the link to the RLC application on your Housing Portal when you apply for housing. The RLC application is separate from your housing application, so be aware that the link will bring you to a different webpage to fill out the separate RLC application. The RLC application includes some demographic information about yourself, ranking the RLCs to which you want to apply, and supplemental questions for each RLC.

Supplemental Questions: Because the online RLC application might time out, we recommend reviewing the questions prior to beginning your application and writing your answers in a Word document. Then, when you are ready to fill out your application, you can copy and paste your answers into the online form. You must fill out both a Housing Application AND an RLC Application to be considered for the RLC. Additional questions for the 2020-2021 1st year RLC application can be found here: RLC Application Questions 2020-2021

Contact Information

If you have general questions about RLCs or the application process, please contact us at Should you have questions about a particular RLC, you will find contact information for each department we partner with on the specific RLC pages linked below.

Spark RLC students on a trip to Washington, DC during Spring Break 2018.

RLC Options

The following RLCs will be offered in the 2020-2021 academic year. The Honors RLC offers options for both first-year students and upperclass students. All other RLCs are only being offered to first-year students.


The Changemaker RLC inspires students to attain a changemaker mindset using tools such as empathy, optimism, questioning, and observation. Residents will develop their changemaking toolkit and apply those tools to understand problems on campus and in their own communities.


CURRENT provides a place for first-year women to cultivate their interest in STEM fields- to energize their current- as they forge meaningful connections with one another and with faculty, staff, and alumnae.

Health Wave

The Health Wave RLC is a communal living opportunity focused on self-care, wellness, and public health. Students are encouraged to take care of themselves and their communities.


The Honors RLC embraces the ideal of scholarly engagement as a goal for all high-achieving students. Students are immersed in a collaborative, intellectual, and close-knit social community with a focus on academic enrichment and excellence.


The Kaleidoscope experience is intended to apply a multidimensional model for developing cultural competence through dialogue and cultural trips. Our goal is to help students become critical thinkers who understand their attitudes, develop knowledge, and acquire skills through a comprehensive analysis of personal experiences, cultural perspectives, social interaction, and institutional systems in our society.


The Spark RLC brings together first-year women living in Josephine Louise hall to build and engage in creative, intellectual, and social justice communities at Tulane, in New Orleans, and beyond. Students engage in gender-focused programming and opportunities provided by the Newcomb Institute.


The Squad RLC is a leadership and teamwork community that explores how to be a Tulanian as understood through the lens of school pride. Through collaboration with the Athletics Department, students will have access to exclusive athletic events and guest speakers.

Third Coast

The Third Coast RLC convenes students who are curious about New Orleans and the Gulf South region to engage in dynamic place-based learning, inspired by the notion that the more students understand about where they are, they more they can participate in our community.