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Residential Learning Experience

Are you interested in building lasting connections with other students, engaging with faculty, developing your leadership skills and creating positive changes in your community? The Residential Learning Experience is a unique opportunity for a select group of first-year students to live together, take a shared class and engage in community-based learning experience in the Quad City community.

Students selected to participate in the RLE will live together in Andreen Hall and will take their First-Year Inquiry (FYI) classes together. All first-year students at Augustana take FYI as a required introduction to the liberal arts, and a transition to college life. Living and learning together allows students to quickly bond with a group of peers as they adjust to college life.

RLE students will participate in leadership development and community-identified environmental justice, social justice and health justice service projects in the Quad City region. Some examples of the types of projects that students can assist with are: 

  • Lead Service Line Project: The project involves working with the City of Rock Island to complete an inventory of drinking water service lines
  • Sustainable Watershed Project: The project involves assessing the overall health of several watersheds of the QC Region
  • Low Birth Weight Health Project: This project involves conducting background research and helping develop a multi-year plan for reducing low birth weights and health disparities in the QC region. 
  • Urban Wildlife Inventory Project: The project involves assessing abundance and diversity of wildlife populations in the urban and agricultural landscapes.
  • Threatened and Endangered Habitat Project: The project involves building an electronic conservation database on federally listed threatened and endangered species and conservation lands in Iowa and Illinois.

Space in the RLE is limited. If you are interested, apply early!

How to apply

Complete the RLE application. The deadline for priority consideration is June 13, so apply early!

If you need special housing accommodations, complete the special accommodations request form.

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

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