A residential college plays a special role in the university system. It is a division of a university that uses a community-type setting for its academic activity. The setting includes students and faculty together. There are usually shared meals and activities.
The residential college will have a degree of autonomy and within the university. Sometimes it might also describe a dormitory or residential college accommodation.
The need for residential colleges in higher education has risen over the past decades because it has been found that many students thrive academically in environments that are more supportive than the traditional university campus. Here are some of the strong benefits provided and the positive impact made by residential colleges on students.
One of the biggest challenges for any new students attending a university is the adjustment to the new environment and lifestyle. From living at home where there is a lot of structure and set routines, to a school-based lifestyle that demands the students become responsible for all of their school and living issues, the change can be dramatic and debilitating. This inability to adjust correctly that many students feel is often as much a determiner of low grades as a lack of understanding of the material.
A residential college understands these challenges and creates a strong support network for students who live and attend college there. Residential colleges have a student group in the living area that helps new students to move to their dorms and help them to adjust to student life. There are also tutors and consultants who are at the ready to help students with any classes that they find difficult. Students can also locate mentors who can offer great advice when they feel lonely, or out of sorts in the school environment. Additionally, there are mental health professionals who can talk students through any of their toughest issues. Collectively there is a complete support system to help students on a daily basis.
Lifelong friendships are made
A residential college is an ideal place for students to meet and bond with other students. Because they go to school and live together, they get to spend nearly every day around each other. Invariably, groups get formed based on their interests. Having these close relationships make the students feel more comfortable. Many of the relationships formed at residential colleges turn into lifelong friendships.
Eat, Play and Study Together
One major issue not often discussed going to University, is making sure that the students get good meals. When left to their own devices, some students will choose fast food and other types of meals that are not very nutritious. They also often eat these meals alone. Students at residential colleges are encouraged to eat together at the same time. The cafeterias create great meal plans with healthy food options in an environment that is supportive of good health. Students also study and do activities together. This bonding is critical for both developing interpersonal relationships and personal development.
The ultimate aim of a residential college is to give students an environment that helps them to do their best in school. It’s also a keen focus on making sure that kids understand how valuable they are and how loved.