Living meets learning at residential colleges

There are couches and comfy chairs, sunlight pouring in from floor-to-ceiling windows, and engaged, lively discussion.

Walking into a classroom at UNCG’s Ashby Residential College – the oldest of its kind in the state – feels a little bit like being transported to a small liberal arts school.

It’s a close-knit community where undergraduate students can build relationships with professors, draw connections across classes, and engage with one another through co-curricular offerings.

“We have a long history of creating an environment that really fosters students’ intellectual and social growth,” said Dr. Sara Littlejohn, program chair of UNCG’s Ashby and Strong residential colleges. “The premise is that students have more success when they have productive relationships with faculty.”

Since 1970, UNCG’s residential college community has grown to include three colleges with different themes. Ashby focuses on digital communication and ethical engagement, students in Strong explore all aspects of sustainability and Grogan is designed for students in UNCG’s professional schools.

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