Living and Learning Community Choices at UAA

The departments of Residence Life and UHDCS work with other University departments to provide learning communities in the residence halls and apartments. These communities give students the chance to live with others who have the same interests and develop both personally and academically. Each community has its own unique identity and provides opportunities for special programs, activities, and leadership roles.    


Alyeska Community (ANSEP), West Hall

This is a cooperative program between Residence Life and Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). This community provides a supportive environment for science and engineering majors, particularly Alaska Native and rural students. The Alyeska community (ANSEP) helps students develop close ties with others of similar backgrounds and interests as they experience the adjustment to campus life together.

 

Aviation Community, East Hall

Aviation majors or students planning to pursue a career in Aviation live in this community. The Aviation Department, in conjunction with Residence Life, provides peer academic mentoring, social and educational programming, and networking with individuals in the Aviation profession.  The RA in this community is also an Aviation major or minor.

 

First-Year Experience Program, North Hall

This program is for first-year college students under the age of 20 who have completed 20 or less college credits. Residents are provided with resources and activities to help them with the transition to college life, such as peer support and mentoring, social events, workshops on academic and personal growth, tutoring and study groups, and opportunities for leadership and community service.

The  program has 15 student staff members (4 Peer Mentors / 8 Resident Advisors / 3 Programming Assistants) to assist incoming students with their transition. Individuals participating in the First Year Experience also have the opportunity to enroll in Guidance 150, a three credit academic class focusing on academic success skills some sections of which are taught in their Residence Hall.

 

Nightingale Community (RRANN/Nursing), West Hall

The Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing program (RRANN)/Nursing in conjunction with Residence Life, provide nursing and pre-nursing students on-site tutoring, special events, weekly community gatherings with Nursing faculty, and computers just for Nightingale Community residents.


Rural Alaska Community, North Hall

Native Student Services (NSS) in partnership with Residence Life provides support and resources to Alaska Native and rural freshman as they adjust and transition through their first year in college in an effort to promote retention. The Rural Alaska Community helps build a peer support network through academic, social and cultural programming. Students will have direct access to NSS support staff for assistance and guidance throughout the year. Participants in the Native Early Transition (NET) program, provided by NSS in the fall will have priority in placement for the Rural Alaska community. 


Teaching and Learning Community, East Hall

This community brings you together with other Education majors or students exploring careers in teaching. Through social and academic events, develop relationships with peers and engage with faculty and other professionals in the field of education.


University Honors & UAA Scholars Community, East Hall

Students enrolled in the University Honors Program or UAA Scholars may choose to live with students of similar academic commitment on the Honors Floor. Activities in this community focus on academics, leadership, community service, and allow students to gain hands on participation in educational and social programming.

 

Wellness Initiative

The Department of Residence Life and UHDCS provide healthy and academically supportive living environments for students. The following communities are designated as substance-free housing:

  • First-Year Experience (North Hall, floors 1-4)
  • Alyeska (ANSEP) Community (West Hall, floor 3)
  • Substance-free housing prohibits residents and their guests from possessing or consuming alcohol, use or possession of drugs or other intoxicants, and possession of drug paraphernalia. All residents, including those 21 years of age and older, living in a designated substance-free housing community must adhere to the substance-free housing expectations. The Department of Residence Life has a strongly enforced expectation that all residents and their guests comply with all federal, state and university regulations related to the use or possession of alcohol and other drugs. All residence halls and apartments are non-smoking indoors and smoking of tobacco products must be done 50 feet away from buildings.