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. Residents of this community live in Bishop Quad (Hegeman Hall and Pell Hall) on the College Avenue Campus.  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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  • Guaranteed housing in the recently renovated Bishop Quad halls
  • Build a network of faculty and staff members who are willing to assist you in your college journey
  • Individualized attention from designated live-in peer mentors
  • Cultural immersion and enrichment
  • Engage in a dynamic, positive, and fun environment with unique, targeted programming:
    • Field trips
    • Movie nights
    • Holiday celebrations
    • Cultural dinners
    • Guest speakers
    • Community service
  • Connections to other LLCs in the building such as Latin Images (Latin diaspora), Paul Robeson (African diaspora), and French Language and Culture
  • Regular exposure to Asian American affiliated campus clubs and organizations
  • LLC 1.5 course credit (taken in fall and spring for total of 3 credits) will count 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.

Mandatory Early Move-In and Special Orientation
Students enrolled in the program will get the added benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program in August.  This will provide incoming first-years with the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance, and upper-class students the chance to return early and settle in accordingly.
  • Incoming first-year and transfer students enrolled in the community will participate in a 1.5 credit Asian American Identities and Images course for both fall and spring semesters.
  • Current Rutgers students who are accepted will be provided a special permission number to register for the 1.5 credit Asian American Identities and Images course.
  • Course will meet weekly on Fridays 1:40pm – 3:00pm at the Asian American Cultural Center on Livingston.  Course information:  01:050:281 section 01.
  • 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

First-years and incoming transfers:
  • This is a rolling process. We will review applications and fill spaces in the community until spaces are filled. APPLY TODAY!
    • Select Asian American Identities and Images Living-Learning Community from the drop-down list on the online housing application, which can be found at Priority deadline to select your LLC is May 16. Learning Communities staff will contact you regarding any follow-up inquiries that we have. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until LLCs are filled. An essay is no longer required for this community.

Current Rutgers Students:
To complete a living-learning community application as a current Rutgers student, click here.

For more information, please submit an interest form.

Or call 848-932-4371 to speak with a staff member.