Leupp and Wessels Halls, Bishop Quad, College Avenue Campus

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 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.

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

  • Build a network of faculty and staff members who are willing to assist you in your college journey
  • Engage in cultural immersion and enrichment
  • Past programming has included:
    • Movie nights
    • Holiday celebrations
    • Cultural dinners
    • Guest speakers
    • Community service
  • Participate in discussions/activities with Rutgers professors to build strong academic connections and mentoring relationships.
  • Connect to other LLCs such as Latin Images (Latin diaspora), Asian American Identities and Images (Asian American diaspora) and French Language and Culture.
  • Explore Rutgers within a smaller community of students and make friends!
  • Students applying should have an interest in leadership, cultural enrichment, and the African Diaspora.
  • Must place into Basic Composition or higher for English testing
  • Incoming first-years and transfers affiliated with SAS, SEBS, and RBS schools

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.

  • Take a specific section of Intro to Africana Studies and Byrne Seminar: Introduction to Paul Robeson as a Global Citizen.
  • Academic deans will enroll incoming first-year students into the courses. Incoming transfers will receive a special permission number to enroll themselves in the courses.
  • Participate in academic success workshops and opportunities for academic coaching
  • Receive individualized attention from residence life staff, who will guide and advise you to provide a smooth and successful transition into Rutgers through course registrations, getting involved, managing your time, academic development, showing you the “ropes” and common pitfalls to avoid in your first year.
  • Upper-class students will have the opportunity to engage in leadership roles and serve as mentors for first-year students

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 oncampus.rutgers.edu 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.