Pell and Hegeman Halls, Bishop Quads, College Avenue Campus

The Asian American Identities & Images Living Learning community (AAII LLC) seeks to enhance students’ knowledge of the diverse lived experiences of Asian Americans and other peoples of Asian descent in the United States. The AAII LLC provides a sense of community among undergraduates in this program and the Rutgers University community at large. 

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This unique residential environment combines curricular and co-curricular activities designed to enhance each student’s overall college experience. All Rutgers students interested in the diverse cultural and ethnic groups that comprise Asian America are encouraged to apply to join the community.  This community is comprised of students, ranging from first-year students through seniors, who are interested in building a community based on mutual interests, developing their knowledge of Asians/Asian Americans in the United States and across the diaspora, creating connections with University faculty and staff, and exploring leadership opportunities through social and cultural organizations.

Students and mentors will live on the College Avenue Campus, adjacent to downtown New Brunswick with theaters, restaurants, student-friendly shopping, and the NJ Transit train station for easy access to NYC and Philadelphia. Pell and Hegeman Halls are in the heart of the College Avenue Campus in the scenic Bishop Quad area.

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  • Build a network of faculty and staff members who are willing to assist you in your college journey
  • Individualized attention from residence life staff
  • Cultural immersion and enrichment
  • Engage in a dynamic, positive, and fun environment with unique, targeted programming. Past events have included:
    • Field trips
    • Movie nights
    • Holiday celebrations
    • Cultural dinners
    • Guest speakers
    • Community service
  • Connections to other LLCs such as Latin Images (Latin diaspora), Paul Robeson (African diaspora), and French Language and Culture
  • Exposure to Asian American affiliated campus clubs and organizations
  • LLC members take a 1.5 credit course (taken in fall and spring for total of 3 credits) which counts towards the Certificate in Asian/Asian American Studies.

Open to students affiliated with SAS, SEBS and RBS of all class years, including transfer students in good academic standing and must place into Basic Composition or higher for English testing. Students do not need to identify as Asian/Asian American in order to participate in the community. Transfer students do not need to take placement tests unless told by a Rutgers advisor.  

LLC Orientation
Make Rutgers home! We’d like you to begin to connect with students, faculty, and staff even before the start of classes. We intend to have an LLC orientation in late August or early September. More information to come.
  • LLC members take a 1.5 credit course (taken in fall and spring for total of 3 credits) which counts towards the Certificate in Asian/Asian American Studies. Academic deans will enroll incoming first-year students into the course. Incoming transfers will receive a special permission number to enroll themselves in the course.  
  • Course is expected to meet weekly on Fridays afternoons. Historically it has been 1:40pm-3:00pm timeframe.
  • Download a sample syllabus for this community. Please note: Syllabi and Instructors change over time, so this may not be the exact syllabus or course content that you will take as a future participant.

Application Process

Current Students:

  1. Complete the LLC application. The application is due Sunday, April 18.
  2. Apply for a housing selection number by April 19.


First-Year/Transfer Students:

  1. Take your placement testing ASAP if you are a first-year. Most of the communities require Basic Composition or higher and we cannot accept you into a community until we have reviewed your placement scores.
    • We will not review scores for the International LLC.
    • Business and Health and Medicine require math and English scores.
    • French Language and Culture require French scores.
  2. If you have APed out of the courses related to the LLC of your choice, this opportunity is likely not the best fit for you as you will not be able to take the courses affiliated with the LLC. You may upload scores for our office to review here.
  3. Go to for your housing application. When you arrive to the Learning Communities page on the housing application, utilize the drop-down box to select a living-learning community based on an interest area you would like to explore. Remember you must live in the designated residence hall and take the associated course(s) in order to participate in our LLCs. The priority deadline for applications is June 7, but we will accept applications after this date if there is space.  BE SURE TO REVIEW THE REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY SECTIONS BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY THROUGH THE HOUSING APPLICATION.
  4. The following LLCs require a brief supplemental application in addition to the housing application. The supplemental application can be found here for: Entrepreneurship and Innovation LLC, Business Discovery House, and Health and Medicine.
  5. After we check your scores and review your housing and supplemental application (if applicable) we will notify you via email whether your application has been accepted or declined. Ensure the email you list on your application is one you can check after you’ve graduated from your current institution/left your previous institution.  If your application is accepted, you will be automatically enrolled in the LLC if there is a COMPLETED housing application on file.  If you wish to no longer participate it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to immediately respond to our email and make us aware of your wish to decline the LLC. If we decline your application, you will be provided an opportunity to apply for a different LLC if space and time allows.  Generally, the earlier you apply, the sooner we can notify you.
  6. SAS Transfer Knights LLCs are not found on the Housing application as they are an invite-only community. If you are eligible, you will be emailed by the Transfer Center.

For more information, please submit an interest form.