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Honors RLC

students stand in a science lab with professors. quote reads "A great community is all about who you live with. The  Honors RLC is full of students who are driven to go  beyond the classroom to explore what it means to  learn. We’re inspired to research topics that interest us —even if they aren’t ones from our classes! Honors  encourages us to reach beyond what’s expected.” Jeong Min Oh, RA in Weatherhead Hall

The Honors Community embraces the ideal of scholarly engagement as a goal for all high-achieving students. Through increased interaction with faculty both inside and outside the classroom, students are immersed in a collaborative, intellectual, and close-knit social community with a focus on academic enrichment and excellence. 

Honors students are a diverse and interesting group, and living with peers engaged in rigorous academic pursuits across all disciplines enhances connection in and out of the academic arena. The Honors RLC offers the academically-gifted and intellectually curious a unique opportunity for immersion in a collaborative and supportive environment.

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The Honors RLC is a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and the Honors Program.


All first-year students at Tulane University are required to take a TIDES course. Honors students are required to take a Colloquium or an Honors Business TIDES course. To enroll in the Honors Program, first-year students must take either COLQ 1010, COLQ 1020, or one of the Honors sections of TIDB 1010. Any of these courses will satisfy the first-year TIDES requirement. For more information about the courses being offered for Fall 2018, please click here.


First-year members of the Honors RLC live in Wall Residence Hall. Second-year residents live in Weatherhead Hall.


You may apply for the Honors RLC through the student housing application process. Your answers to some supplemental, RLC-specific questions will be evaluated by a committee. If you are accepted, you will be notified and be sent more information on the room selection and roommate process.

If you have questions about the programming and initiatives that take place in this RLC, please contact Norah Lovell at If you have questions about RLC housing logistics, please contact Housing and Residence Life at

Honors RLC FAQ

How do I apply to live in Wall?
If you are interested in living in Wall, you must apply to live in the Honors RLC. The First-Year Honors RLC is housed in Wall. Each of the nine RLCs are housed in a specific residence hall. You can learn more about each RLC here and where they are located here.

If I am in the Honors Program, do I have priority to live in Wall?
Any students may apply to live in the Honors RLC. However, preference is given to Honors Program students for the RLC spots. Depending on the size of the class and our housing space and logistics, there may also be non-Honors Program and non-Honors RLC students who live in Wall.

So, being in the Honors Program does not mean I automatically get to live in Wall?
Unfortunately, placement in Wall is not guaranteed for Honors students. You must apply to live in the Honors RLC. Applications are reviewed and priority is given to Honors students (i.e. those students enrolled in a Colloquium course or Honors Business TIDES).

What does the RLC application entail?
You will be asked which of the nine RLCs you’d like to apply to and you will be asked to rank them. There will then be supplemental short essay questions for each RLC to which you apply. You can find the supplemental application questions here.

Where can I find the RLC application?
If you log in to your Housing Portal, you should find a link to the RLC application on the third page. You must fill out both the Housing Application and the RLC Application to be considered for housing.

When is the RLC application due?
Both the RLC and housing application are due by 11:59pm on May 8th, 2018.

If I am accepted into the Honors RLC and my preferred roommate is not, can I still live with them?
No. During the roommate selection process that will occur in June, you will only be able to view and select other students who were admitted into the same RLC as you.

What happens if I don’t get into the Honors RLC?
Based on your ranking of the RLCs you apply to in your RLC application, you will be admitted to the highest ranked RLC to which you were also admitted. If you do not apply to other RLCs or are not accepted into another RLC, you will be placed in the general housing pool, which is a computer-generated randomized process.

Can I still participate in the Honors Program and Honors RLC if I don’t live in Wall?
Yes, many programs that occur in the hall and that the Honors Program hosts will be open to non-RLC students. Students enrolled in the Colloquium courses or Honors Business TIDES are considered Honors students regardless of where they live.