Special Interest Housing

Known for their active and vibrant communities, these programs have often been viewed by students as one of the most pleasant and satisfying residential experiences at the university. These communities do not contain academic coursework components.

There are a total of 15 special interest sections at Rutgers with 12 of them on the College Avenue Campus. Section members are required to participate in meetings and programs run by other section members. Section members live together either on the same floor or in the same traditional style residence hall.

Information about each special interest section is located below:



International Community

The International Community is a new special interest community being offered this Fall to provide both domestic and international students an opportunity to develop cross-cultural awareness, participate in programs and special events, and foster social growth and development while living on campus.

This special interest community is being relocated and more information will be available soon. It will be opened throughout fall, winter, and spring breaks. Students who opt for this community will receive additional information by early summer.

If you have any questions, please contact the Residence Life Assignments Office at 848-445-0750 or by emailing oncampus@rci.rutgers.edu.


Busch Engineering, Science and Technology

B.E.S.T. Hall is a special interest community that focuses on science in modern day issues. Unlike other special interest options, there is currently no formal application process outside of the online housing application. However, residents must be undergraduate students in the schools of Engineering, Pharmacy, or Arts and Sciences. Residents will also be required to maintain a clean disciplinary record and participate in hall programming. For more information, please contact Jackie Wonsey, Residence Life Coordinator/Educator for B.E.S.T. Hall, at 732-445-2561.


Demarest Hall Special Interest Sections

Demarest Hall on the College Avenue Campus is dedicated to special interest sections in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Interested students should contact Ariel Leget, Residence Life Coordinator/Educator for College Avenue Campus, at 848-932-7209.

Creative Writing and Literary Theory

This special interest section supports its members in the production of written work and exploring both theory and practice of writing styles.

Performing Arts

This special interest section explores talent with peers in art forms including music, dance, theater, and others.

Visual Arts

This special interest section is committed to artistic freedom. The section members believe that the fun is in the "work". Members explore various mediums and techniques for creating art as well as study, discuss, and critique historical and contemporary artistic trends.

Culture Studies

This special interest section is an interdisciplinary section geared toward advanced thinking about culture. The section will examine culture through sociological, anthropological, scientific, and political lenses.

Sex, Sexuality, and Gender

This special interest section explores theories and issues of sex and sexuality in the contexts of culture and society, and is open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation, background, or personal beliefs.

History and Political Science

This special interest section is an interactive forum where members raise and discuss current and controversial issues with specific relevance to history and political science.

Philosophy

This special interest section provides interested students with a forum to express and exchange ideas of a philosophical nature and to introduce free thinkers with no background in the discipline to philosophical argument, all in an open, eclectic, and diverse living environment.

Cinema Studies

In this special interest section, films are viewed, discussed, and critiqued. All genres are welcome, and an engaging time is had by all.

Religion and Spirituality

This special interest section allows students to express their beliefs and culture while learning about the beliefs of their peers. A warm, non-denominational community has been created through activities and personal interactions to foster discussions and personal growth.


Latin Images

This special interest section was established in 1977 and is dedicated to exploring Latin American Culture, developing multicultural awareness and supporting academic success. These are accomplished through academic and cultural programs, academic support and through an atmosphere conducive to studying and sharing and support for each other amongst section members.

Students wishing to join the Latin Images community may contact Eric Zales, Residence Life Coordinator/Educator for College Avenue Campus, 848-932-7209.


Paul Robeson

The Paul Robeson community was established in 1976 and is a symbol of acknowledgment of the late Paul Robeson, a celebrated African-American activist, scholar, artist, athlete, and Rutgers graduate. This community places special emphasis on aiding first-year students as they make the transition from high school to college. It encourages community interaction and involvement, scholarship, as well as self-growth. Community members stress cultural enrichment and awareness among themselves, other members of the residence hall and the Rutgers community. They work collaboratively with staff and faculty mentors towards academic achievement and excellence. The community strives to engender curiosity, interest and understanding of the history and origins of the African Diaspora and the relevance and importance of that understanding in day to day life. All first-year students affiliated with SAS, SEBS, and RBS schools are eligible to apply. Students will be co-enrolled with fellow community members in The Black Experience in America (3 credits) course through the Department of Africana Studies.

The Paul Robeson community is located in Mettler Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Students with questions about participating in the program should contact Catrina Gallo, Residence Life Coordinator/Educator for College Avenue Campus, at 848-932-7209. For more information visit Living Learning Communities' website.


Mason Gross Performing Arts

The Mason Gross Performing Arts special interest community is designed to foster collaboration among first-year undergraduate students from the Dance, Music, and Theater Arts departments. The residence hall is conveniently located on the Douglass campus, close to rehearsal spaces at the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center. The building is outfitted with several practice rooms equipped with pianos. Ideally, the residence hall is a vital creative environment, affording Mason Gross students the opportunity to live and work together. For More information contact Kayleigh Cesare, Student Affairs Coordinator, at 732-932-9360, ext. 503 or email kcesare@masongross.rutgers.edu.


Seeing Eye Puppy Raisers

Rutgers University Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club is a student run organization based on Cook Campus. New members are taught how to raise and socialize future seeing eye dogs in accordance to "The Seeing Eye" and the club's standards. Once they gain enough experience, the club's executive board selects students to be the future puppy raisers. Puppy raisers are responsible for their puppy 24/7 from the time they are 7 weeks old until they are 14-16 months old. Students provide basic obedience and expose the dogs to as many different sights, smells, and situations as possible.

These puppy raisers, who are upper-class students, are given special housing in the Newell Apartments. For information regarding eligibility and sign-up procedures, email Stephanie Roberts (RUSEPRC president) at smrob309@aol.com.


SEBS Honors Program

First-year students in the general honors program at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences have the option of living with the other first-year honors students on a designated floor of Nicholas Hall on the Cook Campus. This environment provides students with an opportunity to live near other students with similar academic goals.

Only first year SEBS honors students are eligible to participate. For further information, please contact Dr. Tim Casey at 732-932-9162 or email tca@rci.rutgers.edu.


School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Honors Housing

All students in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program are eligible to live in Honors Housing, and the Honors Program highly recommends that its first year students live in Honors Housing. SAS Honors residence halls are vibrant communities where students live and learn together. First year and continuing students living in Honors residence halls develop strong bonds based on shared, and sometimes differing, interests and goals.

The SAS Honors Program and Rutgers Residence Life hold many special programs and events in our four Honors Housing locations. Students gather for discussions, films, workshops, and social events. SAS Honors Program students who live in Honors Housing report that the opportunity to live with other members of the Honors Program community has been a highlight of their college experience.

SAS Honors Housing is available on Busch, College Avenue, Douglass, and Livingston Campuses.

Only SAS honors students are eligible to live in SAS honors housing. For more information on SAS Honors Housing, please contact the SAS honors program at 848-932-7964 or email honors@sas.rutgers.edu.