The F&GI Academic Residential Community (ARC)
The F&GI Academic Residential Community (ARC) is an exciting alternative in campus living and learning that connects your classrooms to your home in the residence halls.
The basic idea of this program is pretty simple: each of the freshman-only communities combines a floor in the residence halls with a series of classes and related out-of-class activities.
The Faith and the Great Ideas Academic Residential Community (ARC) is for students in the Faith and the Great Ideas program who also want to be part of a residential program, living and learning together as a group. The students in the Faith and the Great Ideas program have the option to participate in an Academic Residential Community. This is a unique and valuable program based on the idea that those who live and learn together, succeed together.
As a F&GI ARC student, you will live on the same floor in one of our dorms and be able to enjoy the benefit of ready-made study groups to go over class materials together. You will also have the opportunity to take part in several planned evening events throughout the year that will give you the chance to be with your professors to learn and discuss issues in a more casual, "out of the box" fashion. In the past, events have been as varied and as attending theater and symphony performances, visiting museums, and watching a film together in the dorm, followed by conversations around the fireplace.
You may choose to be in the Faith and the Great Ideas program and to live in the Academic Residential Community, or you may choose to be in the F&GI program, but not live in the ARC. In the latter case, you will always be included in all evening and off-campus events that are arranged for the ARC.
"The ARC has bridged my academics with my social life. The people I go to class with are the same people I live with, and this allows me to get to know them all in a different way. We are able to discuss real life issues rather than just theoretical textbook issues. Taking what I learn in class and applying it to real life as a group is wonderful, and this would not have been possible if it weren't for the ARC."
Beth Suman, ARC Member
"The ARC is not just about achieving your best academically. It's about creating a community to learn, in the classroom and in life. This experience had helped define me as a student by giving me the opportunity to work closely with other students and with the professors. When I first joined the ARC, I really didn't know what I was getting in to, but it turned out to be the best choice I could have made!"
Julia Jackson, ARC Member
For more information on the F&GI ARC, contact Prof. Dan Doyle, 206-296-5424 or email@example.com.