Well-Being Residential Learning Community

Students on a well-being retreat at Mason's Point of View International Retreat and Research Center

A Residential Learning Community (RLC) is a group of students living on campus who share common interests and come together to explore those interests more deeply. The RLC experience is designed to help students find friends, mentors, and support. Each RLC has a dedicated team that is invested in the student experience and passionate about the topic area. Additionally, students in an RLC will participate in engaging activities based on the RLC topic that will elevate the overall residential experience. 

Benefits of living in an RLC include: 

  • A supportive, educational, and exciting experience with a community of like-minded students 
  • A team of dedicated staff that ensures a positive and supportive experience for students 
  • Fun, engaging activities that focus on the interests of the RLC and opportunities to learn outside of the classroom 
  • Access to academic resources and support from tutors, campus resources, and faculty 
  • Events and programs tailored to the RLC by content experts connected to that RLC 
  • And more 

The Well-Being Residential Learning Community 

The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being supports the Well-Being Residential Learning Community (Well-Being RLC), an inclusive community where students are encouraged to explore well-being topics through reflective learning and shared experiences. This holistic experience includes traditional academic study, experiential learning, personal practices, and opportunities for students to learn how they and others pursue well-being. Members of the Well-Being RLC will: 

  • Take a well-being course in the fall and spring semesters
    • Fall: INTS 395: Explorations of Well-Being
    • Spring: Residents will choose 1 of the following:
      • INTS 291/495 Explorations of Well-Being
      • UNIV 170/370 Building Resilience
      • UNI 372 Mental Health First Aid
      • INTS 355 Mindfulness, Meaning, and Well-Being
      • GCH 225 Stress and Well-Being
  • Live in Hampton Roads during the 2024-25 academic year
  • Explore a range of topics, including positive psychology, mindfulness, compassion, meaning, purpose, and self-awareness

Learn more in this article and this video. 

This “whole person” approach helps students to develop healthy strategies for managing challenging situations and to make important decisions such as choosing a major and career path with a robust awareness of individual strengths and values. The variety of topics allow students to develop multiple ways to manage stress and uncertainty while increasing mental, emotional, and physical well-being. RLCs provide a supportive and educational experience for students and allow them to make friends who share their passions and interests. With a variety of RLCs to choose from and teams of dedicated staff here to create a positive experience for the students, RLCs make it easier for students to connect with like-minded peers and the larger Mason community.  

The Well-Being RLC will reside in Hampton Roads during the 2024-25 academic year. All upper-level residential students are eligible to apply. First-year students should consider the Well-Being First-year Interest RLC for their first year and the Well-Being RLC for subsequent years.  

Application Timeline

The current application period has passed. We will announce a new application period in the future.

The Well-Being RLC is a partnership between Housing and Residence Life; the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being; and the School of Integrative Studies.

Questions? Contact: 

Zareena Khan, Assistant Director of Student Well-Being Programs 

Center for the Advancement of Well-Being 


(703) 993-6093 


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