The Agriculture Residential College (ARC), located in popular Blake Hall, is a living-learning community for first-year students majoring in the College of Agriculture. ARC helps students discover leadership potential, develop communication skills and transition into the university environment through actively engaging in one of several ARC academic tracks.
Agriculture Residential College
- Allows students to live and take classes with the same group of peers, creating a smaller network within the larger LSU campus
- Offers opportunities to travel and hosts several special-interest lectures that focus on the diverse needs of today’s world
- Provides students with the opportunity to network and form relationships with faculty members
- Exposes students to unique co-curricular experiences that enhance the student’s degree program and overall LSU experience
- Students participating in the ARC choose an academic track to focus their involvement. Tracks change to meet the needs of the students, but can include various animal tracks, a sustainability track and a food, fitness, and fashion track. Through these tracks students will interact with various College of Agriculture faculty and administrators to truly make their first year a living-learning experience and ensure success from day one.
- In-hall study groups & tutoring programs
- Priority scheduling for agriculture classes
- Residents take selected classes with a cohort of their residential college peers
- On-site academic classrooms (Note: Not all classes are taught on-site.)
- On-site study areas
- One-on-one mentoring program to help new residents adjust to college life both socially and educationally
- College of Agriculture faculty advisers hold office hours and review sessions in Blake Hall
- Interaction with College of Agriculture faculty, staff, and alumni
- Exposure to agriculture events on and off campus
- Live in suite-style* rooms in the popular Blake Hall, located on the east side of campus overlooking Campus Lake, near The 459 Commons dining hall, the Student Recreation Center (UREC) and more (If the program’s enrollment exceeds the number of suite-style rooms available, students will overflow into the hall-bath style of rooms in Blake Hall.)
Requirements & Eligibility
- Must be a first-year student with a declared major in the College of Agriculture
- Enroll in at least two ARC courses in both the fall and spring semesters:
- During the fall semester, all ARC residents will share at least two courses designated for ARC students only, including AGRI 1001, a one-hour class designed to orient all new students to the College of Agriculture.
- During the second semester, students will choose at least two courses designated for ARC students only, including LIS 1001, a one-hour class that teaches students the fundamentals about academic research.
- Other courses offered as cohort classes in past semesters have included AGEC 2003, AAGRI 1001, AGRI 2001, GRI 2900, ANSC 1011, ANSC 2060, BIOL 1201, BIOL 1202, CHEM 1201, CHEM 1202, CMST 2060, ENGL 1001, EXST 2201, HUEC 1110, MATH 1021, MATH 1022 and RNR 1001.
- For ARC scheduling assistance, contact Mary Claire Gilder.
- Eligible students should select the Agriculture Residential College as their housing preference on the housing application.
- Students will be notified of their acceptance into the ARC in mid-spring, and the Residential Life assignments staff will begin making room assignments in March.
- Residential Colleges Requirements At-a-Glance
Kristin Stair, Agriculture Residential College Faculty Rector
Contact the Ag Res College Rector for more information about the activities of the Ag Res College. For housing application and room assignment information, please contact Res Life at 225-578-8663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.