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Academic Residential Communities

What you learn can shape the way you live.

Live with others who are passionate about the same things in an Academic Residential Community!



Be a part of a group of passionate, committed students who want to learn about the same things you do and work together to solve problems facing our communities and the world.

From sharpening your foreign language fluency, to becoming a better business leader, to making the community a “greener” place to live, each Academic Residential Community is unique in its ability to encourage you to explore your interests and foster relationships with faculty members.


How to Apply

To apply for an Academic Residential Community, apply for University Housing and select the community you are interested in on the "Academic Residential Communities" section. Our team or the academic partner will be in touch with you for an official assignment.



What are ARCs?

Academic Residential Communities (ARCs) offer students with shared academic interests, creative passions, or majors an opportunity to live together in a residential learning environment that interweaves in- and out-of-class engagement with faculty, advisors, tutors, and peer mentors. The curriculum and pedagogy of each ARC is uniquely designed by the sponsoring academic department and college, and students typically co-enroll in one course each term throughout their first year. Each ARC has a designated faculty director who collaborates with the instructors of the ARC courses, and partners with the live-in student and professional staff of Residence Life to dovetail cocurricular programming with course content. 


What are the benefits of participating in an ARC?

ARCs foster a meaningful set of mentoring relationships early in students’ undergraduate careers that endure beyond a single course or term, and reinforce a human scale to students’ undergraduate education ensuring they enjoy an opportunity to know, and to be known by, faculty members. ARCs support students’ social and academic transitions to a liberal arts and sciences research university through these high-touch interactions with faculty and specialized academic support staff and peers mentors. ARCs cohere a spectrum of learning spaces, from a formal classroom setting to a casual meal in the residence hall café or lounge, which scaffold sustained conversations between students and faculty about what it means to be a learner at the UO—from exploring majors and navigating general education requirements through thematic lenses to getting involved in undergraduate research and potential career and graduate school paths.


Who is eligible to join an ARC?

All admitted, incoming students who will begin their courses at the UO in summer or fall 2016 and have completed their housing application ( by August 1 are eligible. Currently enrolled students who complete their housing application by August 1 are also eligible.


How do students join an ARC?

Students indicate their top three ARC preferences on their University Housing application and complete supplementary ARC application materials if required for their ARC. ARC faculty directors call and write students between April 1 and June 12 to discuss their applications and make admissions decisions. Students may also receive calls between June 13 and August 1. Faculty directors submit ARC rosters to University Housing by August 4 for room assignments.


What is an ARC supplementary application?

When you fill out your application online at the end of the application you will be prompted to complete a supplementary application for the ARC that you indicated was your top selection. This helps the faculty in the ARCs connect with you and ensure that students are intesested in the community.  

How do students know if they have been accepted to an ARC?

Faculty directors will confirm admission to an ARC during a phone conversation and e-mail correspondence. Pre-enrollment in ARC course(s) when they arrive for their IntroDUCKtion advising appointment also indicates that students have been admitted to the ARC. Students may also contact faculty directors or Kevin Hatfield ( to confirm their ARC acceptance.


Which ARCs have required courses?

  • Building Business Leaders (Earl)
  • Carnegie Global Oregon (Living Learning Center)
  • College of Business Residential Community (Earl)
  • Community for Ecological Leaders (Walton North)
  • Community for Multicultural Scholars (Carson)
  • Community for Musical Scholars (Hamilton East)
  • LGBTQIA+ Scholars (Carson)
  • Living in Chinese (Global Scholars Hall)
  • Living in French (Global Scholars Hall)
  • Living in German (Global Scholars Hall)
  • Living in Japanese (Global Scholars Hall)
  • Living in Spanish (Global Scholars Hall)
  • Service Learning Cohort (Hamilton Hall)
  • Umoja Pan-African Scholars (Living Learning Center)

Students in the Clark Honors College ARC enroll in their regular CHC courses. There are no ARC-specific courses for the CHC ARC.

How do students register for fall term ARC course(s)?

The registrar pre-enrolls ARC students in their fall term ARC course(s) and discussion sections prior to IntroDUCKtion. ARC faculty directors submit ARC rosters to the registrar by June 12 for pre-enrollment in ARC-reserved seats in designated ARC CRNs authorized by the home department/college.        


What if students drop their fall term ARC course(s)?

Students may drop their pre-enrolled ARC course(s) without any restriction. However, this may affect both their admission to the ARC and their University Housing room assignment. ARC students considering a withdrawal from their ARC course(s) should contact their ARC faculty director or Kevin Hatfield ( before they depart their IntroDUCKtion session. Faculty directors may approve that students remain in the ARC without enrolling in the fall term course(s) with the expectation they enroll in the ARC courses beginning winter term.


What if students wish to change ARCs or withdraw from an ARC? 

If students have already been accepted to an ARC by a faculty director they need to contact both the faculty director and Kevin Hatfield ( to confirm their change or withdrawal from the ARC. They also need to update their ARC preferences on the housing application. If students have not already been accepted to an ARC by a faculty director they simply need to update their ARC preferences on the housing application.


May an ARC student enroll in a non-ARC designated course section or discussion section of the same course?

This varies per ARC and students who have a course conflict or other reason for wishing to enroll in a non-ARC designated course section or discussion section should contact the ARC faculty director.


Can students join an ARC and enroll in a First-Year Interest Group (FIG)?

Yes, unless the specific course times of a particular FIG and ARC conflict, students may participate in both programs. There is one combined ARC/FIG—the Carnegie Global Oregon ARC/FIG, however, this FIG has a non-residential FIG assistant and two ARC resident assistants. Students will enroll for the Global Oregon FIG courses during fall term through the First-Year Programs website.


How do students register for winter and spring term ARC course(s)?

The registrar preauthorizes ARC students for their winter and spring term ARC course(s) and discussion sections. Students enroll during the priority registration schedule. ARC faculty directors submit ARC rosters to the registrar by the end of week six of the preceding term confirming the designated ARC CRNs and number of ARC-reserved seats.


Is there an additional fee for ARCs?

No. Although there is no additional program fee* for ARCs, room rates do vary based on room type and the residence hall where the ARC is located. The location of each ARC is listed with the ARC descriptions at *The Community for Environmental Leaders charges a $400 “trip fee” for their Week of Welcome orientation field trips that also covers their early move-in cost (see


Where can students learn more information about ARCs during IntroDUCKtion?

Students (and their families) who are already accepted to ARCs, have pending applications, or are interested to learn more are encouraged to attend the ARC Special Interest Session hosted on Day 2 of each IntroDUCKtion schedule from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m. in EMU 145 Crater Lake Room. The Director of Academic Residential and Research Initiatives will facilitate each session and ARC faculty directors and their representatives will attend sessions as they are available. 


Who can students contact for general information and questions about ARCs?

Students may contact the Director of Academic Residential and Research Initiatives, Kevin Hatfield (