Housing-Living Learning Communities - The University of Tulsa

These living communities are a great opportunity for students to develop a sense of belonging through intentional dialogue, informal interactions, and shared experiences. Students will be able to….

  • Connect, collaborate and engage with faculty and staff across the university
  • Participate in specialized programming and engagements tailored to their specific student experience needs
  • Participate in out-of-classroom learning experiences that are exclusive to the LLC program
  • Enjoy access to resources

If you are interested in any of these Living Learning Communities you will be able to designate your preferences when you submit your Housing/Dining Agreement. May 15th is the Last Day to submit for priority selection of Living Learning Community.

First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE)

The FYRE living-learning community, housed in Fisher South, promotes a smooth transition into college through an intentional learning environment that helps first-year students navigate their newly found independence by providing structured personal growth one-on-one conversations with an RA and active engagement opportunities to build relationships with peers and learn about on-campus resources to ensure a clear path of belonging and succeeding. This program seeks to apply in-class learning with out-of-class experiences that develop students into well-rounded leaders who can better articulate their personal strengths & values in a diverse living and learning environment. This collaborative learning approach in the living community will help residents succeed during their entire time at TU!

Highlights include resource fairs, civic engagement, financial wellness & budgeting workshops, well-being activities, and large social traditions like Haunted Hall and Boxer Bash.

Assignment Process: Self-Selection, as available

Faculty or Staff Advisor: Dr. Ben Peters, Hazel Rogers Associate Professor of Media Studies

Sophomore Housing Experience (SOHO)

The SOHO living-learning community, hosted in Fisher West Suites, creates a living environment that fosters a deeper dive in areas as you embark on your second year through service-learning engagement in the community, networking opportunities, leadership development, and civic engagement with the City of Tulsa government. Residents will continue to grow as top TU leaders by working on a project in the greater Tulsa area that will allow them to apply their growing leadership skills with hands-on opportunities.

Highlights include: monthly dinner discussions, develop community programs & standards with staff as budding leaders, life and career planning sessions, developing a resume, become familiar with the interview process, find local internships or volunteerism positions, learn how to network, work on service-learning projects, and help shape the City of Tulsa!

Assignment Process: Self-Selection (returning students) and office assigned (incoming transfer)

Faculty or Staff Advisor: Professor Buford Pollett, JD, Genave King Rogers Assistant Professor of Energy Law and Commerce

University Honors

University Honors hosted in Hardesty Hall & Campus Apartments, University Honors complements students’ studies while in the TU Honors Program. It creates a home for the life of the mind and the deep friendships students forge as they read great thinkers together in order to better understand themselves and the world in which they live. Just as Honors seminars are designed to engage students in honest and rigorous conversations about what it means to be human and how to live well, this LLC extends those inquiries to illuminate everyday life. It creates space for students to explore and share how their studies and research broaden their perspective, unsettle habits, present new possibilities, and in general, simply blow their minds.

Highlights includeBook clubs and reading groups; dinners with professors; movie nights and cultural outings; architectural tours; and workshops to help students get started in their research and colloquia to share works-in-progress.

Assignment Process: Office assigned

Faculty or Staff Advisor: Dr. Denise Dutton, Applied Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy

Esports & Gaming

The Esports & Gaming LLC creates a living environment in Fisher West Suites that offers a unique program for students interested in gaming, either as a member of university-sponsored Esports teams or as a recreational gamer. The learning community brings peers together who have a love of gaming and would like to take their game to a higher level – be it competitively, a career goal, or making gamer friends.

Highlights include: Very close proximity to the Esports & Gaming Lounge plus exclusive access to the competition center, events for this community include faculty and special guest visits, tournaments, career panels, and skill-building workshops.

Assignment Process: Office assigned

Faculty or Staff Advisors: Dr. Melissa France, Associate Vice President of Campus Services and Katelynn Fell, Staff Counselor/Outreach Specialist

Electrical & Computer Engineering ARC

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Academic Residential Community (ARC) will be our first residence hall ARC located in LaFortune House. These communities help connect residents within an academic focus including faculty members and companies that will support the student’s future career goals and job placement. Through educational programs, networking, and other programs tailored to each sponsoring company, students will apply their academic work with a skillset ready for job post-graduation while companies gain a valuable recruiting resource. Programs may include internship informational one-on-ones, career spotlight Q&As, networking events, and degree-specific career coaching.

Assignment Process: Office assigned


Gender & Sexuality Inclusivity

Gender & Sexuality Inclusivity living-learning community (Campus Apartments only) is open to any upper-class student wishing to explore topics around gender identity and sexual orientation continuums to explore linkages across personal lived experiences & theoretical concepts of gender and sexuality. Students will increase their knowledge and awareness of particular topics such as evolving language, theoretical discourse, and current events. A feature of the learning community will be small-group reflection with fellow LLC residents to foster a safe & supportive space for discussion around intersectional student identities.

The dynamic program slate includes: Pride Welcome Reception, Pride Week, study parties, dance parties (Glitterstock), intentional campus-wide speakers, and community service events with LGBTQIA+ population.

Assignment Process: Self-Selection (returning students) and office assigned (incoming transfer)

Faculty or Staff Advisors: Dr. Jan Wilson, Wellspring Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies and Kelsey Hancock, Violence Prevention Program Coordinator