Living Learning Communities

Living learning communities

Launch PadThriveHonors Magnet ProgramLanguage CommunitiesFranklin Residential College

Other academic initiatives

Russell Academic CenterFirst-Generation Faculty-Student Mentoring ProgramOther Academic Programs

Launch Pad

The Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community, also known as the Launch Pad, is open to students of any major who are interested in launching their own business, non-profit or startup. Located in Creswell Hall, the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community accommodates up to 40 students.

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Thrive, formerly called Freshman College Summer Experience, enrolls participants in three credit-bearing courses: a service-learning course that fulfills the University’s experiential learning requirement, a core course, and a small-group seminar on personal development. 

The University of Georgia’s Thrive offers a transformative four-week academic residential program to a diverse community of first-year undergraduates. Introducing scholars to the rigors and unique learning opportunities at America’s first state-chartered university, Thrive allows students to form meaningful academic and social networks, equipping them for future academic success.

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Honors Magnet Program

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. First-year students have priority in assignments to Myers Hall, including a condensed sign-up period specifically for Myers Hall.  Living in Myers Hall is not a requirement of the Honors Program. Honors Program participants should expect to have an Honors Program roommate.

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Language Communities

Spanish and French Language Communities in Mary Lyndon Hall

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 in a language community within University Housing, 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 are granted priority registration for language courses. 

Russian Language Community in Building 1516

The Russian Flagship program is a federally sponsored initiative that provides undergraduate students of any major the language skills, mentoring, or intercultural competence in Russian by graduation. Flagship students experience study abroad, cultural activities, and professional internships, and earn prestigious Flagship certification.

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Franklin Residential College (FRC)

The Franklin Residential College (FRC) integrates a close-knit community of university students with members of the faculty who integrate academics into residence life through interaction and engagement with ideas. 

The FRC is hosted in Rutherford Hall in the Myers Community. The Franklin Residential College integrates a close-knit community of university students with members of the faculty who integrate academics 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.

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Russell Academic Center

UGA’s Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE) offers an active learning space open to all students on the first floor of Russell Hall. The RAC offers various UNIV courses, student success workshops, tutoring and academic coaching.  

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First-Generation Faculty-Student Mentoring Program

Bringing faculty members into residence halls as mentors for first-generation students will enhance students’ academic experience providing opportunities to connect with faculty in formal and co-curricular settings. Pairs of faculty members will engage with groups of students to provide insights into academic expectations and success strategies. Faculty mentors will be supported by staff from Student Affairs and the Division of Academic Enhancement to support students’ growth and holistic development through academic and co-curricular explorations and to expand students’ campus-wide support and success network. 

Faculty mentors

Swati Bhandarkar, Lecturer in the J.M. Tull School of Accounting

Dr. Rodney Mauricio, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Genetics

Through participation in this program, students will:

  • Cultivate meaningful connections with faculty members and staff members from Student Affairs and the Division of Academic Enhancement
  • Develop a sense of community with other first-generation students
  • Feel an increased sense of belonging at UGA
  • Know where and how to access campus resources
  • Develop a campus-wide support and success network.

Departmental contact

Becki Bury
Assitant Director for Academic Initiatives and Student Leadership

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Other Academic Programs

Academic Advising: Thousands of students per semester complete academic advising within their residence halls.

The University of Georgia’s Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE) offers an active learning space known as the Russell Academic Center (RAC) on the first floor of Russell Hall. The RAC offers various UNIV coursesStudent Success Workshopstutoring (in chemistry, math, and writing), academic coaching, and other resident support services in a more convenient location for first-year students. The DAE empowers all students to achieve success with innovative courses, programs, services, and student-centered initiatives.  Please visit the DAE website for further details and updated offerings.

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