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Residential Learning Experience

First-year students are invited to participate in a special opportunity at Augustana called a Residential Learning Experience (RLE).

Students in an RLE enroll in courses together and live together as a community in Andreen Hall. RLEs provide a unique setting to meet and build friendships with other first-year students with shared interests.

RLE options for 2020-21

In fall term, students in the RLEs will take First-Year Inquiry 101 (4 credits), a required course for all first-year students, and First-Year Inquiry 100 (1 credit), a course focused on the transition to college and understanding a liberal arts education together.

Each RLE group also will have a theme. The theme serves to bring together students who have a shared interest, and match them with an FYI 101 professor who also shares in that interest.

Outside of the classroom, the Office of Residential Life will coordinate a series of trips and activities to explore that theme on campus and in the Quad Cities. These are the topics we are offering this year:


Each RLE is limited to 16 participants. If you are interested, apply early!

How to apply

Students selected to participate in the RLE will be notified in early July.

If you have questions, please email or call Chris Beyer, 309-794-2686.