Living & Learning Clusters

Living & Learning Clusters

Developing students beyond the classroom is the overall goal of Residential Life. One approach to accomplishing this is through Residential Living & Learning Clusters. These clusters are broken down into two distinct categories:

  • Academically Linked Residential Learning Clusters
  • Non-Academically Linked Residential Living Clusters

What’s the difference?

  • Academically Link Residential Learning Clusters
    While the structure of this experience is similar to non-academically linked Residential Living Clusters, the one significant difference is that Residential Learning Clusters will be linked to shared or common courses. There will be a minimum of one (1) linked or common course in the Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • Non-Academically Linked Residential Living Clusters
    While the structure of this experience is similar to academically linked Residential Living Clusters, the one significant difference is that Residential Living Clusters are not linked to shared or common courses

Learning Outcomes?

Residential Learning Clusters Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a more profound knowledge of potential careers in their major
  • Connect to university and peers through in and out-of-class experiences
  • Experience and embrace differences and similarities among ideas, individuals, and cultures
  • Demonstrate collaborative problem solving
  • Apply content knowledge across multiple settings

Residential Living Clusters Learning Outcomes

  • Higher level of connection to the campus
  • Purposeful interactions leading to a stronger sense of Community
  • Apply content knowledge across multiple settings

Health Professions

The Health Professions Residential Learning Cluster is an opportunity for first-year students majoring in Allied Health Science, Exercise and Sport Physiology, and Nursing to fully explore their chosen career path, develop as leaders in their field and successfully transition to the college environment. Health Professions RLC students will take at least two common courses over the year, receive additional support and mentoring from a collaborative team of faculty and staff, and engage in a variety of experiential learning opportunities.

Learning OutcomesCommon Shared CoursesHousing LocationApplication ProcessStructure & ExperiencesApplication Link

Health Profession Learning Cluster – Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the paths to potential careers in the health professions
  • Demonstrate awareness of the requirements to progress through specific health sciences majors by creating a personal progress plan to guide them through subsequent years in their major
  • Participate in (or take a leadership role) in a campus organization
  • Recall important information regarding academic advising (e.g., name of advisor, where advisor’s office is located, essential questions to ask during an advising session)
  • Demonstrate awareness of the myriad campus resources at Plymouth State University by using at least one service during the year
  • Students will be able to describe one interaction with faculty outside of the classroom.

Fall Semester

  • BI 2110 Human Anatomy/Physiology I
  • BI 2130 Human Anatomy/Physiology I Lab

Spring Semester

  • BI 2120 Human Anatomy/Physiology II
  • BI 2140 Human Anatomy/Physiology II Lab

Housing Location

Geneva Smith Hall, Seventh Floor with approximately 31 bed spaces.

Health Profession Application Process

As the Health Professions Learning Cluster is designed only for students in specific majors, there is an application process for interested and qualified students. All completed applications will be reviewed by a team responsible for the oversight of the Health Professions Learning Cluster, this committee is comprised of faculty from the specific majors and staff from Residential Life


Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Opens on March 31, 2022
  • Application Closes on May 15, 2022
  • Offers Extended May 30, 2022
  • Acceptance of Offer Due by June 15, 2022

Important Information

  • A completed Housing Application is required to have your Health Professions Learning Cluster Application considered
  • Residential Life will assign students to spaces within the Community
  • Only Roommate Pairs that include approved applicants will be considered

Structure & Experiences

  • RLLC Kickoff
    These are signature experiences for all Learning Cluster members, Faculty/Staff partners, and Residential Life support staff.
  • Signature Experiences
    These are experiences specifically designed by Professional Staff and Campus/Academic Partners to encompass the purpose of the Learning Cluster in a culminating opportunity that general students would not experience.
  • Service Experience
    These are experiences to engage the Learning Cluster in service opportunities with a focus on the purpose of the Learning Cluster in the larger context of the Plymouth State and Town of Plymouth.
  • Community Experiences
    Students will have Community Experiences dedicated explicitly to accomplishing the Learning Outcomes for their Learning Cluster

Application Link

Step 1 – Housing Application

Step 2 – Living & Learning Cluster Applications

Residential Living Clusters

Previously labeled “Defined Communities”, these newly enhanced living opportunities have taken on a new spin. There are a total of six (6) Residential Living Clusters and while most are tailored to First-Year students, Upper-Division students may participate in two Living Clusters-including one offered ONLY to continuing students. Please review the options below.

The application link for all Living Clusters:

AffinityThe QScholarsWellnessLeadershipExplorers

Affinity Clusters

Affinity Clusters enables members of recognized student organizations to live together in campus housing. These groups are formed around a shared interest or common goal to elevate the residential experience and promote a sense of belonging. In addition, members of affinity communities live the campus mission of Ut Prosim by giving back to the area through service and educational and social events.

Targeted Population: Upper-Division Students

Housing Location: White Mountain Apartments & Merrill Place Seventh Floor

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop meaningful interpersonal relationships
  • Engage in realistic self-appraisal
  • Develop an appreciation of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Develop personal values and ethics
  • Understand social responsibility

The Q

The Q Cluster is a space for members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community at PSU. The overarching goal of this Cluster is to foster an active, inclusive, and accepting community for all residents. This Cluster will offer community experiences tailored explicitly around equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Targeted Population: Upper-Division & First-Year Students

Housing Location: Mary Lyon Hall First Floor

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify peer support among individuals who understand what LGBTQ+ students experience on college campuses
  • Develop improved academic success by sharing resources
  • Interactions and Engagement with LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty an intentional and frequent manner


The Scholars Cluster enables first-year students in the University Honors Program or a strong commitment to academic success to live in a shared scholarly-focused community. This Cluster will offer community experiences tailored explicitly to academic success and signature experiences from Honors Program faculty.

Targeted Population: First-Year Students

Housing Location: Geneva Smith Hall Sixth Floor

Learning Outcomes

  • Engage in collaborative and transformative educational experiences the development of the whole scholar
  • Develop a nurturing and supportive environment creating a solid academic foundation
  • Integrated academic transition into college through engaging activities/events


The Wellness Cluster enables first-year students to understand better holistic wellness and how they can live well in all aspects of their lives. This Cluster will offer community experiences tailored explicitly to educate students on various dimensions of wellness and is made for those seeking a community focused on living a well lifestyle.

Targeted Population: First-Year Students

Housing Location: Belknap Hall, Ground Floor Level

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of pathways to a healthy lifestyle
  • Exploring physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and environmental dimensions of wellness
  • Cultivating your understanding of health and wellbeing


The Leadership Cluster enables students of all intended careers or fields of study to engage in a community dedicated to developing their leadership skills and cultivating positive change. This Cluster will offer community experiences tailored explicitly to activities focused on strengths reflection, personal values, and areas of interest. At the conclusion of the year, students will receive an emerging leaders certificate from Residential Life and Student Life.

Targeted Population: First-Year Students

Housing Location: Pemigewasset Hall First Floor

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify involvement in leadership, citizenship, and relationship-building experiences
  • Develop personal Clifton’s Strengths Finder Inventory and application to leadership experiences
  • Interactions with successful alumni, community members, and civic leaders
  • Utilize interactive workshops, experiential activities, and service-learning opportunities


The Explorers Cluster is focused on first-year students in the process of exploring academic majors and/or different career fields. This Cluster will offer community experiences tailored explicitly to major and career exploration with various campus partners and academic advisors.

Targeted Population: First-Year Students

Housing Location: Grafton Sixth and Seventh Floors

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify PSU Clusters and majors offered at Plymouth State University
  • Develop a deeper understanding of different career areas
  • Identify personal strengths and areas of improvement within themselves
  • Utilize self-assessments to identify interests, skills, and values