On-Campus Living

Living Learning Communities

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


Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (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. ANSEP helps students develop close ties with others who have similar backgrounds and interests while adjusting to campus life.

First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Program

North Hall

This program is for first-year college students under the age of 21 who have completed 20 or fewer 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.

This program has 11 student staff members to assist incoming students with their transition. Individuals participating in the FYRE program 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 the residence hall.

Rural Alaska Community

North Hall

In an effort to promote retention, the Alaska Native, Indigenous, & Rural outreach Program (ANIROP) provides support and resources to Alaska Native, Indigenous and rural first-year students as they adjust and transition into their first year of college. The Rural Alaska Community helps build a peer support network through academic, social and cultural programming that celebrates Alaska.

University Honors & UAA Scholars Community

East Hall

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

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 opportunities with individuals in the Aviation profession. The RA in this community is also an Aviation major or minor. KOD/CO 3/22

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 with on-site tutoring, special events, weekly community gatherings with Nursing faculty, and computers specifically for Nightingale Community residents.


West Hall

The ROTC Living Learning Community provides a home and a supportive environment for residents enrolled or interested in UAA's Army and Air Force ROTC programs. This community promotes scholastic success and a well-rounded lifestyle in an environment of camaraderie and campus involvement.

Teaching and Learning Community

East Hall

In partnership with the College of Education and DRL, this community brings residents together with other education majors and students exploring careers in teaching. Through social and academic events, residents in this community develop relationships with peers and engage with faculty and other professionals in the field of education.

Fraternity/Sorority (Greek) Community

The Fraternity/Sorority (Greek) Living Learning Community is a collaboration with Student Life and Leadership (SLL) to support students who are affiliated with Greek-letter organizations. This LLC is limited to upper-class students with a minimum GPA of 2.5

Wellness Initiative

To support health and wellness and create a substance-free environment, OCL has designated the following communities as substance-free housing:

  • First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE)--North Hall, floors 1-4
  • ANSEP Community--West Hall, floor 3

Substance-free housing prohibits residents and their guests from possessing or consuming alcohol, using or possessing drugs or other intoxicants, and possessing 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 drugs and alcohol. 


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