University Housing's core mission includes creation of residential communities that nurture and support residents' academic success. To us that means much more than providing residents with desks and study lounges. In fact, Unviersity Housing employs a full-time academic initiatives coordinator whose entire focus is to forge collaborative partnerships across interdepartmental boundaries that maximize the flow of academic resources to our large and diverse resident population.
University Housing also actively supports the exchange of ideas and perspectives generated when visiting students and scholars from around the country and the world come to stay at UGA, and when our students travel to other institutions.
Successful academic initiative programs managed by University Housing include:
First Year Learning Communities
Some first-year residents live in learning communities that provide in-depth instruction and academic growth in such fields as life sciences, global issues, law, business and music. Part of the first-year odyssey program, participating students share an intense learning experience through this group program that features assignment to rooms within the same vicinity, concurrent registration to academic classes in the field of interest, completion of a service learning project and collaboration with a lead faculty instructor and an upper-class student peer advisor. UGA Learning Communities are limited to just 20 residents per program, so interested residents are strongly encouraged to act soon to secure a space for the next academic school year.
Franklin Residential College (FRC)
Enrolled undergraduate students with majors in the Franklin College of Arts and Science are invited to apply for one of approximately 150 positions within the Franklin Residential College, an innovative collaboration between the University of Georgia's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and University Housing that builds upon some of the most ancient collegiate traditions of such venerable institutions as Oxford University and Cambridge University in Great Britain.
Beginning in fall 2013, the FRC will be hosted in the new Rutherford Hall in the Myers Community. The Franklin Residential College integrates a close-knit community of university students with members of the faculty who drive the intellectual excitement of the University of Georgia into residence life through interaction and engagement with ideas. The Franklin Residential College also sponsors numerous cultural and academic events, programming and activities throughout the year.
Freshman College Summer Experience
Jump start your college career through participation in the Freshman College Summer Experience, a for-credit comprehensive learning experience for first-year students. Regularly admitted first-year students are eligible to participate in this unique summer program that streamlines the new student's introduction to the collegiate environment while delivering a total 6.0 hours of credit toward graduation. Students spend their time attending one of several introductory courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements in most every major, as well as in courses specifically designed to address the transition from high school to college. Enrollees are also granted early access to University Housing. Freshman College participants are assigned rooms in Creswell Hall that will be kept not only for the summer program, but also through the following academic year.
Honors Magnet Program
The Honors Magnet Program is a community of honors students in award-winning Myers Hall. The University of Georgia Honors Program and University Housing have combined forces to build a residential living environment where academic excellence is the norm. By living together in Myers Hall, Honors Program participants are surrounded by other serious students whose discussions and friendships promote the exchange of ideas and information across disciplinary boundaries. The Honors Program also maintains a satellite office in Myers Hall to provide academic advising and support students' other academic pursuits. Only 220 spaces are reserved for the Honors Magnet Program, so students are encouraged to act quickly and reserve a spot early if they wish to be part of this community!
Language Communities in French and Spanish
Immerse yourself in a community packed with events, activities and fun in the French and Spanish languages. It is often said that the best way to learn a new language is to live in a country where that language is spoken. The next best thing is to live at Mary Lyndon Hall in the Myers Community, where students from all walks of life are united by their interest in mastery and enjoyment of the French or Spanish languages. Participants are immersed in these languages through daily spontaneous interaction with their neighbors, as well as through organized activities such as movie nights, dinners, dances and parties, guest lectures, concerts, excursions, and a required weekly conversation course. Residents earn academic credit for completion of the program and also are granted priority registration for French or Spanish language courses.
Other Academic Programs
Academic Advising: Thousands of students per semester complete academic advising within their residence halls. Find out how you can participate in this convenient program.
Academic Enhancement: The University of Georgia's Division of Academic Enhancement maintains a satellite office in Brumby Hall that develops and delivers academic workshops, tutoring sessions and other resident support services. The Division of Academic Enhancement is designed to ensure that entering and continuing students have access to a wide range of services to support their academic endeavors. The Academic Enhancement satellite office in Brumby Hall provides free tutoring in chemistry and math, as well as assistance with course writing assignments and grammar. Individual assistance for study and test taking strategies, time management, stress management, choosing a major and learning styles is also available.
Hall-Specific Academic Programs: Learn about some of the other programs that promote academic and personal growth, including Russell Last Lecture Series.
Visiting Artists & Scholars: University Housing is allied with several University of Georgia and state civic organizations to support the exchange of national and international students to and from Georgia. University Housing also hosts numerous visiting artists and scholars during both the academic school year and summer months.
Contact Diana Fruth, academic initiatives coordinator, or call 706-542-7259, for more details about any of the academic programs or partnerships in University Housing.