Residential Learning Programs
Five Opportunities to Enhance Your Experience
The Office of Residence Life offers five optional unique experiences for our first-year students. These programs are exclusively empowered and driven by their resident members, as they share common interests and experiences while living in the same communities. These opportunities are no additional cost, and are completely optional. You may select them in your housing questionnaire with our "Forms, Forms, Forms" packets.
Cura Personalis Program Cura Personalis: Based in Jesuit teachings, the core of Cura Personalis (CP) stands upon three pillars: justice, service and faith. Offering service projects, reflection and retreats, CP strives to create a culture of “men and women for others” by volunteering in the local community, welcoming conversations about faith, and engaging in justice issues on a local and global scale. For individuals who possess openness to personal growth, CP also develops your knowledge in these three areas by having you take your required Theology I course with other CP students. Click here to view more information about the CP Program.
Wellness Program Our Wellness program is designed for students pursuing a balanced lifestyle. The Wellness Program utilizes eight themes, including: Physical, Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual, Occupational, Environmental and Multicultural. Students are encouraged to explore these themes as they apply to their life, and find ways to be successful in their first year of college in a balanced, healthy manner. Click here to view a flier detailing information about the Wellness Program.
FIRE Program The founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola, challenged individuals to “Go forth and set the world on fire.” The FIRE program at The University of Scranton is a collaborative effort between the Office of Residence Life and the Center for Student Engagement that challenges residents to develop their leadership potential, focus on academic success and achieve personal excellence. See here for more information and details about the FIRE program.
Sustain U Program focuses on ecological living through the use of four main competencies of sustainability: Personal, Spiritual, Social, and Environmental. Students will comprehend and address environmental issues while fostering a community committed to ecological justice, sustainable living, and civic responsibility. Contribute to the university’s sustainability initiative by reducing your carbon footprint through career integration, environmental practices, community gardening, or participation in related clubs and organizations! Click here for more information and details about the Sustain U program.
Celebrate the Arts: Celebrate the Arts (CTA) allows students to pursue and discuss their artistic interests in a variety of formats, such as film, photography, drama, music, etc. CTA hopes to encourage personal artistic expression, while also highlighting the arts in the local Scranton community and beyond. Whether catching a movie at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC or enrolling in a photography class downtown at New Visions Studio, Celebrate the Arts will keep you provide you with an artistic outlet during your first year of college! Click here for more info about the CTA program.
Office of Residence Life
As a result of their on campus living experience and participation in leadership positions, living learning programs, activities and services provided by the Office of Residence Life, students will:
- Develop more meaningful interactions with faculty members in the residence halls.
- Develop their understanding of theology and explore their personal beliefs related to faith as individuals in a group.
- Identify with the Jesuit values and University mission.
- Make a positive impact on the University community.
- Become aware and knowledgeable of local, domestic and international justice issues.
- Identify their personal goals related to leadership development and begin to make progress achieving these goals.
- Increase self-awareness and develop their ability to clearly communicate their individual identity, motivations, values, beliefs and ideas.
- Develop an understanding and appreciation for eight dimensions of wellness.
- Understand their leadership role as Residence Life staff members and develop confidence in their ability to be and effective student leader.
- Develop their conflict resolution skills.
- Identify University resources and support services and engage purposefully with these departments to promote academic and personal success.
- Identify University policies related to their behavior.
- Challenge their concepts related to alcohol and drug use.
- Engage in an integrated residential experience that supports their learning in and out of the classroom.
- Cultivate intentional, healthy and enduring interpersonal relationships.
- Promote peer accountability.
- Attain the professional and functional skills to transition to post-Scranton experiences.
- Recognize the continued development of self and acknowledge that process as required for maturation.
- Foster an appreciation of global perspectives, ecological awareness as well as an understanding of one’s civic responsibility.
- Appropriately model and maintain high peer expectations for healthy and responsible alcohol consumption.