Themed Floor Community Information

Overview:

As a way to maximize the academic and social opportunities for our residents, the Office of Housing and Residence Life offers Themed Floors for our incoming first-year students, transfer students, and returning students. Through involvement in a Themed Floor Community, resident students will have the unique opportunity to live with students that are pursuing very similar academic or career goals, and/or share similar involvement interests and needs. The communities being offered for the 2016-2017  academic year include: the Health and Medical Sciences Interest Floor, the Business Interest Floor, the Nursing Interest Floor, the Undecided Major Floor, and the Transfer Student Floor.  Each themed area will have a specially selected  Resident Assistant assigned to work with the community, and will be supported by  graduate and professional staff from Housing & Residence Life . Themed Floor Community residents are able to participate in all Housing and Residence Life programs in addition to the specialized programs offered just for their chosen themed floor community.  
 
  • The Health and Medical Sciences Interest Floor

The Health and Medical Sciences themed community will focus on providing residents with an environment that will ease the stress of these academically rigorous programs by understanding the challenges unique to this group. With an RA who can coach students on securing great research opportunities and student organization involvement, members of this floor will have a distinct advantage in their college experience. From sharing classes with floormates to programming tailored to the science-minded student, residents will find their first-year has set them up for long-term success! 

Intended Target Population: Students majoring in Biology and other pre-medical sciences; those considering a health-sciences career

Program Vision: Workshops with faculty, trips to Mütter Museum, community service with local hospitals, professional panels, medical student panel.

 
  • The Business Interest Floor

In business, it’s not just what you know, but WHO you know- and this floor provides access to peer support and mentoring tailored to the business student.  This community will connect students to each other outside of the classroom to provide easy access for study sessions, group assignments, and much more! Residents of the Business themed community will develop a strong foundation in their first year from their peers that can assist them to graduation day and beyond, while also enjoying all the benefits of the on-campus experience which include fun events, living with close friends, and the convenience of always having essential resources available!

Intended Target Population: Business School enrolled-students; undecided majors but looking toward business

Program Vision: Workshops with Business School, Career Center; professional panels, dress for success, money management. 

 
  • The Nursing Interest Floor

The Nursing floor will encourage students to begin to make connections that will last their college careers and beyond. With a passionate Nursing student RA who can help mentor residents through their first-year at college, we are excited to offer this special opportunity in supporting these students. Succeeding in shared courses and navigating a unique College within Rutgers University-Camden sets nursing students apart from other health-sciences peers, and this year we are excited to welcome the entire School of Nursing faculty and staff into the residence hall! Their administrative and faculty offices will are temporarily housed within our residential community making it more convenient than ever for students to interact with their professors, advisors, and peers! 

Intended Target Population: Students enrolled in the School of Nursing; those considering a health-sciences career

Program Vision: Workshops with faculty, organized mentoring with sophomore/junior/senior students, community service with local hospitals, trips to medical points of interest in the region

 
  • The Undeclared Major Floor

Entering Rutgers without a defined major leaves students free to explore their interests, but can also be a scary endeavor. Participants in this community will benefit from a focus on helping residents in a process of self-discovery. By making informed decisions on how to navigate the University’s structure through guidance from Camden College of Arts and Sciences Advising Deans and Career Center Career Counselors, students will avoid making missteps that can cost them time and money. Professional and student staff will focus attention on residents helping students find their academic homes!

Intended Target Population: Students entering Rutgers as Undecided Majors or without a clear academic or career vision/path

Program Vision: Workshops with Career Center on personality and skills assessment, in-hall interactions with Career Counselors and CCAS Advising Deans, mentoring from campus leaders who changed majors.

 
  • Transfer Student Floor

Transfer students can sometimes feel they miss out on some aspects of the college experience, but not in our residence halls! Living with other transfer students assists in making Rutgers Camden a place to call home- providing easy access to other students going through a similar experience and navigating a new University. Staff for this floor are specifically selected to help transfer students get on the fast track to making an impact on campus by making connections and identifying essential campus resources. By bringing campus offices like Financial Aid and Academic Advising to you, this community allows you to make the most of your decision to be a Scarlet Raptor!

Intended Target Population: Students of any major entering Rutgers-Camden with at least 20 transferrable credits
Program Vision: Introduction to campus traditions and leaders, information sessions with staff from CCAS Advising, special transfer student social events. 

 
 
You will be able to indicate your interest in a themed floor when you complete your 2017/2018 Housing Contract online.  

 

General Learning Outcomes for Students:

Through participation in a themed housing floor, a residential student should:

· Develop a greater understanding of their intended major, career choice, or society in general

· Be exposed to new and enlightening information that can help to shape their thinking

· Gain greater and earlier knowledge of what resources and opportunities exist both inside and outside of the University

· Make connections with other students that share similar interests or aspirations, and begin to work together to achieve them

· Gain a greater understanding of how the residential life program enhances their academic potential

 

Proposed programs

Programming for Themed Floor Communities will be built upon the theme topic. While all residents of the community are invited to all Residence Life programs, programs for themed communities will be designed for this specific community in mind, and in cases of trips or larger events, will be offered to themed floor community members first.

· Special lectures by guest speakers/faculty

· Trips

· Community outreach

· On Campus Social Activities

· Political issues affecting themed community future professionals (immigration and citizenship, same-sex marriage, public health issues)

· Networking with alumni

 

 

FAQs for contemplating students and their families:

Q: I’m interesting in living in one of these communities! What do I need to do to be placed on a themed floor?

A: Students interested in a themed floor need to indicate this in the appropriate section on their 2015/2016 housing application.  Students interested in the Transfer Student Community need to have at least 20 transfer credits in order to be placed, and students under 21 will have priority placement.

 

Q: What are the perks to living in a Themed Floor Community?

A: Students accepted into a Themed Floor Community will be living with other students who share similar academic and/or social interests as themselves. Additionally, programs in the Themed Floor Communities will be tailored to the community theme, and there will be exclusive Themed Floor-only programs available each semester. Participation in a Themed Floor Community will help students to become more connected with the campus, their major, and/or their personal interests with a plan for fostering greater academic success.

 

Q: If I select to live in a Themed Floor Community, can I still participate in other Housing and Residence Life events?

A: Absolutely! Themed Floor Community residents are able to participate in all Housing and Residence Life programs in addition to the specialized programs offered just for their chosen theme floor community!

 

Q: Do I have to live on a Themed Floor if I don’t want to?

A: No, living on a Themed Floor is optional. If you decide not to live in themed housing this year you will still receive lots of programming opportunities and staff support from Housing & Residence Life.

 

Q: Is there any additional cost associated with living in a Themed Floor Community?

A: There are no additional costs associated with selecting to live in a Themed Floor Community.

 

Q: I am in the Honors Program. Do I need to select to live on the Honors Floor?

A: No, we group our Honors residents together automatically per the request of the Honors College.

 

Q: As an Honors Student can I choose to live on a themed floor instead of the Honors Floor?

A: Yes, as an Honors College student you may select to live in a Themed Floor Community that is separate from the Honors Floor. However, you should be aware that other students of the Themed Floor may not be enrolled in the Honors College.

 

Q: Is space on the themed floors limited?

A: Yes. In order to provide a concentrated experience for those living in a themed floor community we need to limit space. If you are not able to join the themed floor of your choice for 2015/2016 we may offer other options in future academic years as we develop our Themed Communities further.

 

Q: What should I expect from my residential experience if I decline to live on a themed floor?

A: Involvement and self-selection into a Themed Floor Community will provide specialized and targeted programming and community living options. If you do not wish to live in a Themed Floor Community, you can expect to participate in more traditional and general community-wide programs planned by the Office of Housing and Residence Life staff and live on a floor comprised of students of varying interests, involvement levels and backgrounds. You will still have plenty of opportunities to get involved, meet new people, and enrich your academic and social pursuits.