First Scholars

If you are interested in participating in the First Scholars Residential Learning Community, you will need to be accepted into the First Scholars program. This program is open to first-generation college freshmen students and is part of a four year, comprehensive program that specifically addresses the holistic development of first-generation students throughout their college experience. For more information on this program, please visit the website at nau.edu/firstscholars.

What is a Residential Learning Community?
It is an awesome opportunity to live in a freshman hall with other students (20) who share your academic major or interests. You will be able to attend social and academic programs together, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor (student) who shares your major or career path.
What are Common Courses?

By participating in the Residential Learning Community program you benefit from taking one or two classes with others in your community. These “courses in common” allow you to attend class with other RLC members and form study groups around those classes. For this RLC, those courses include:

Fall semester:

  • NAU 120 – Study Skills and College Success: This course is a three-unit course with a deeper focus on study skills, note-taking, and basic academic skills.

Why do I want to participate in an RLC?
Over and over again, we hear from our RLC students that being a part of the RLC program helped them find future friends and experience a smoother transition to college their freshmen year. By participating in an RLC, you will learn about campus resources and become more involved in your university experience. And this involvement has consistently led to RLC students remaining at the university in greater numbers, and more RLC students successfully graduating from the university.
How do I sign up?
Simply select your preferred Residential Learning Community on your online housing application. If you qualify for and are selected to participate in that RLC, we will assist you by placing you within the RLC of your choice in a freshman hall, and matching you with a roommate within that same RLC. That’s it! You can relax knowing your housing space and roommate selection are being taken care of for you.