Residential colleges enjoy all the same amenities and features of traditional residence halls, but they also maximize the on-campus living experience by creating smaller communities based on common majors or interests and fostering greater student–faculty interaction beyond the classroom.
Students who participate in a residential college have higher GPAs and graduation rates and are more likely to continue on to their next year of college than other students on or off campus.
- Make LSU feel smaller, as residents live, study, and explore with a smaller group of students who share similar interests while still having the resources and opportunities of a major research university
- Offer courses exclusive to residents, either in the residence hall itself or on the larger LSU campus
- Bring academics into the residence halls
- Have on-site offices where instructors and rectors hold office hours and review sessions
- Provide residents with interactions with faculty members outside of the classroom as they participate in academic and social hall activities
- Have atmospheres that encourage studying, forming study groups and collaborating on projects
- Make it easy to form new friendships as students have a common underlying interest or major
- Are available to first-year students. Only the Ogden Honors College allows upperclass participants.
- Provide a seamless living-learning environment which fosters the development of three core outcomes: critical thinking ability, communication skills, and sense of community and social responsibility