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

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.

  • 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. 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). 

  • Take a specific section of Intro to Africana Studies. We are still waiting to hear if the Byrne Seminar: Introduction to Paul Robeson as a Global Citizen, will also be available.
  • 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

First-years and incoming transfers:

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

For more information, please submit an interest form.