The Agriculture Residential College (ARC), located in the recently renovated Blake Hall, is a living-learning community for first-year students of all majors in the College of Agriculture. ARC’s mission is to assist students in developing leadership and communication skills as they transition into the university environment.
ARC allows students to live and take classes with the same group of peers, thus creating a smaller network within the larger LSU campus. ARC offers opportunities to travel and host several special interest lectures that focus on the diverse needs of today’s ever changing world. Living in ARC provides students with the opportunity to network with others with the same interests, form relationships with faculty members, and become involved in unique co-curricular experiences to enhance the student’s degree programs and your 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, 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.
Beginning fall 2014, ARC students will live in the suite bathroom side of Blake Hall which was built in 2008.
- In-hall study groups
- In-hall 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
- Located on the east side of campus overlooking Campus Lake, hear The 459 Commons, the Student Recreation Center (UREC), the Student Union, class buildings, and more
Requirements & Eligibility
- The College of Agriculture has required courses for first-year students living in the residential college for fall and spring semesters.
- Must be a first-year student with a declared major in the College of Agriculture
- Eligible students must select the Agriculture Residential College as their housing preference on the first page of the housing application to be considered for the program. Blake Hall will automatically be listed as the choice of building for ARC. Students can indicate roommate preferences on the housing application as well.
- Students will be notified of their acceptance into the ARC by the College of Agriculture in mid-spring, and the Residential Life assignments staff will begin making room assignments in March.
- Residential Colleges Requirements At-a-Glance
Agriculture Residential College Faculty Rector
Kristin Stair, Rector