Residential Learning Model

As a result of living on campus, students will grow personally, interpersonally, and intellectually.


Residential Life believes the on-campus living experience plays a pivotal role in the success and development of students at the University of Connecticut. With this mindset, the Residential Learning Model (RLM) was designed with the purpose of creating a common goal for student learning and development across our vast residential communities. This model drives our communities’ everyday practices and purpose to not only enhance the already vibrant experience students receive while attending UConn, but also inspire students to pursue growth in the areas of personal development, academic engagement, well-being and social justice.

Personal Development

Students will be:

1. Supported in their exploration of the unique facets of their own values and believes and how those values impact who they are, how they define themselves and how they shape their interactions with others.

2. Challenged to critically evaluate, explore, and questions the various values and values they hold and how those values and believes impact their perception of, and experiences with, others.

3. Encouraged to discuss and explore these concepts through meaningful dialogue and community engagement.

Academic Engagement

Students will be:

1. Engaged through supportive learning environments and collaborative relationships with campus partners to guide students to find their personal passions, academic interests, and career pathways.


Students will:

1. Increase understanding of their health and well-being in ways that are meaningful and valuable to them. 2. Be able to identify and proactively utilize campus resources and support networks who can nurture growth in multiple dimensions of well-being, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, which in turn will promote academic and personal success

Social Justice

Students will:

1. Understand how identities shape our experiences, how advocacy and allyship can help create equity, and examining how social justice concepts relate to students' experiences are integral in cultivating an inclusive campus and global community.

Our professional Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) work with their student Resident Assistants (RAs) to create learning plans that meet the specific needs of each of their communities in their residence halls. These learning plans include developmental opportunities through active strategies such as social or academic events and passive opportunities such as community bulletin boards. In addition, our RAs complete one-on-one conversations throughout each semester with each of their students. Building meaningful and positive relationships with each student is one of our main goals, so that we can better help support, challenge, and mentor students through their UConn experience.