Due to COVID-19, we have removed the residential requirement, and have instead moved our learning communities online.

This leadership-centered community brings together students to share in a fun and engaging exploration of leadership and personal leadership development. Members of this community will work together to identify their own leadership styles and abilities, enhance their brand and presence, learn to think critically about leadership as a subject and will benefit from exclusive opportunities to connect with successful leaders working across a diverse array of fields. From fashion to finance, media to medicine, and politics to publishing – leaders working in challenging and dynamic organizations will share their stories and address your questions about what it means to lead in today’s dynamic and complex world.

With a purposeful focus on developing leadership identities and transferable skills (regardless of intended career or field of study), this community will set its members on a path to be the next generation of Rutgers Leaders both on campus, in the local community, and beyond.

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This community is a collaboration between the Residence Life, Department of Leadership & Experiential Learning and the School of Communication & Information. All activities and experiences are designed to enhance each students overall college experience and better prepare them for post-graduate success.

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  • Exclusive access to courses that are in high-demand including Approaches to Leadership and Public Speaking
  • Fast track to the Leadership Certification through the School of Communication & Information
  • A jumpstart to leadership exposure that may lead to future involvement and leadership positions held on campus
  • Networking with visiting scholars, distinguished alumni, and business leaders through guest lecturers and field trips
  • Early engagement and involvement with the Department of Leadership & Experiential Learning, including mentorship from staff and current leaders
  • Access to leadership retreats, service-learning opportunities, alternative break trips, and hands-on experiences to develop and practice leadership [COVID-19 dependent] 
  • In-depth and unique community building with a network of peers

Open to first-year students affiliated with SAS, SEBS, and RBS.

Students must place into Basic Composition or higher for English testing

LLC Orientation
Make Rutgers home! We’d like you to begin to connect with students, faculty, and staff even before the start of classes. LLC orientation is currently scheduled to occur virtually on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (including an introduction to the LLC staff, a meet-and-greet with your staff/faculty partners, and a campus social).

  • Full participation and engagement in all program experiences sponsored by the Leadership Living-Learning Community, including attendance at the virtual retreat. Date TBD.
  • Fall: Students will be enrolled in 1 class:
    • Intro to Communication and Information Processes (3 credits)
  • Spring: Students will enroll in at least 1 of the course options, but are eligible to take all 3 courses:
    • Approaches to Leadership (3 credits)
    • Public Speaking (3 credits)
    • Leadership Practicum/First-Year Fellowship (1.5 credits)

Many of the Leadership LLC courses count towards the SC&I major. Fast track to the Leadership Specialization through School of Communication and Information.

Application Process

Complete your application ASAP, and no later than Sunday, July 19.  Why wait, APPLY TODAY by clicking here! A brief essay is required for this community.  

For more information, please submit an interest form.

For Leadership specific questions, you may also contact: lead@echo.rutgers.edu or visit www.leadership.rutgers.edu