Students who are interested in participating in the First Scholars Residential Learning Community must be accepted into the First Scholars program. For more information on this program, please visit the website at

  • The First Scholars Residential Learning Community is open to first-generation college freshmen students 
  • It is part of a four year, comprehensive program 
  • It specifically addresses the holistic development of first-generation students throughout their college experience
  • Residential Learning Communities (RLC) allow you to live with other students sharing the same academic major or special interest. As an RLC member, you have the opportunity to attend social and academic programs with other students, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor who shares your major or interest area.

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) are located in one of 10 Freshmen Connection Halls and participants are eligible for priority room selection. Additional information regarding room and roommate selection will be sent to student NAU email accounts if you are accepted into the RLC. 

Priority enrollment

Seats in certain high-demand classes will be reserved for freshman in Learning Communities. Your adviser will help you enroll in these courses. Visit Priority Enrollment to find out more about enrollment and advising. 

Seats will be reserved in:

Fall semester: 

  • NAU 120 - Study Skills and College Success: is a three-unit course with a deeper focus on study skills, note-taking, and basic academic skills. Students in NAU 120 will also be provided with an Academic Peer Coach. First-year students do not usually co-enroll in NAU 100 and NAU 120 during their first semester.