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Honors Scholars RLC

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

"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

Campus Partner

HRL works in partnership with the Office of First-Year Experience on the Honors Scholars RLC. If you have questions about the RLC content or programming, please contact Senior Program Coordinator, Ana Gutierrez-Perez, at honorsscholars@tulane.edu. HRL works in partnership with Academic Enrichment for the Scholars RLC. Please contact the Program Manager for Sophomore Experience, Norah Lovell at nlovell@tulane.edu.

Program Examples

Honors Scholars RLC
Honors Scholars RLC residents in Wall Residence Hall enjoy opportunities to meet other Honors students and have meaningful interactions with Tulane professors through specialized programming. In the first-year Honors Scholars RLC, professors lead Societies of groups of students with similar interests which meet monthly to explore topics of interest and often take off-campus excursions. The Books and Reading Society hosts an annual “Graveyard Poets” poetry reading in the historic Lafayette Cemetery #1 in the Garden District, while the Louisiana Environmental Awareness and Fun (LEAF) Society takes trips to Barataria Preserve, the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) facility in Chauvin, LA. Other Societies have visited the National WWII Museum and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, as well as participated in New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

In addition to Society programming, the Wall Faculty-In-Residence (FIR) hosts a variety of programs throughout the school year, from fun social events to panel discussions designed to help students explore the question: “What is College For?” One such panel brings together staff from Honors Scholars, Academic Advising, the Office of Student Success, and Study Abroad to help students plan for spring registration and look ahead to the future.

Scholars RLC
Living in Weatherhead offers students a number of opportunities to be a part of an engaged scholarly community of high-achieving students. Through increased interaction with faculty and students, Scholars RLC residents are immersed in a collaborative, intellectual, and close-knit social community with a focus on academic enrichment. Roundtables led by professors from a variety of disciplines, talks by the faculty-in-residence, workshops on nationally competitive scholarships and research opportunities by the Office of Academic Enrichment, and a range of engagements by the RAs comprise this active community that fosters intellectual curiosity and individual passion.

First-Year Courses

All first-year Honors students are encouraged to take a Colloquium course. The COLQ 1010 or COLQ 1020 will satisfy the first-year TIDES requirement.

How to Apply

The RLC application can be found on your Housing Portal when you apply for housing. You must fill out both a Housing Application AND an RLC Application to be considered for the RLC.

Honors Scholars RLC FAQ

How do I apply to live in Wall/or Weatherhead?
If you are interested in living in Wall, you must apply to the Honors Scholars RLC. The Honors Scholars RLC is housed in Wall Hall and for First-Year students only. If you are interested in the Scholars RLC, you must apply to the Scholars RLC, housed in Weatherhead Hall.

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

So, being a First-Year Honors Scholar 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 Scholars RLC. Applications are reviewed and priority is given to Honors Scholars.

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.

If I am accepted into the Honors Scholars 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 Scholars Experience and Honors RLC if I don’t live in Wall?
Yes, many programs that occur in the hall and that the Honors Scholars’ Experience hosts will be open to non-RLC students. Honors Scholars are Honors students regardless of where they live.