Academic Communities

Academic Communities

Academic communities allow students the opportunity to meet and build connections with other high-achieving students in their faculty or Scholar program. There are three academic communities offered:

  1. Business and Entrepreneurship (first year students – virtual community)
  2. S.T.E.M (first year students – virtual community)
  3. Scholars Advantage (first year students – located in International House for 2020/2021)

For communities associated with an academic field (Business and Entrepreneurship, S.T.E.M.), the focus will be on developing a community of first-year peers who similar interests. Students will have opportunities to attend activities and events designed to complement coursework, offered right where they live. There will also be opportunities to network with other students, faculty, and staff in the faculty in order to share an ongoing support network. Both of these communities are open to students enrolled in any faculty.

For the Scholar community (Scholars' Advantage) the focus will be on connecting academically high achieving students with a community of peers, key resources on campus, and opportunities for personal development. Students will have opportunities to attend activities and events designed to complement their current extra-curricular events and courses. If prestige award winners do not occupy all rooms, students who request Scholars' Advantage may be given the opportunity to live with this community.

What to Expect:

  • opportunities to create study and activity groups with other students in the faculty or Scholar program
  • opportunities to meet with faculty members in your area
  • sessions provided by faculty and staff
  • discussions on academic topics and issues to enrich classroom learning
  • peer presentations on a variety of relevant topics, ranging from resume tips, networking, to choosing a major
  • leadership development activities.

How to Apply

Check off your Community of choice on your online residence application form and answer the application question.


For more information, email Laurel Wilkie at, Isabel Fandino at or Tyson Fevrier at