The Agriculture Residential College (ARC), located in popular Blake Hall, is a living-learning community for first-year students majoring in the College of Agriculture. ARC helps students discover leadership potential, develop communication skills and transition into the university environment through actively engaging in one of several ARC academic tracks, based on their major to focus their involvement and gain hands-on skills.
Tracks change to meet the needs of the students, but can include various animal tracks, a sustainability track and a food, fitness, and fashion track. Through these tracks students will interact with various College of Agriculture faculty and administrators to truly make their first year a living-learning experience and ensure success from day one.
In addition to being a part of the on campus community and Blake Hall community, students in the Agriculture Residential College also benefit from these unique opportunities provided in this living-learning community:
- Live and take classes, sometimes in the res halls in the community, with their peers in ARC, creating a smaller network within the larger LSU campus.
- Have priority course scheduling
- Attend several off-campus agricultural related field trips
- Hear from industry leaders at several special-interest lectures and engage in hands-on activities that focus on the diverse needs of today’s diverse agriculture industry
- Network with faculty members and college administrators
- Access to in-community tutoring and faculty office hours
Requirements and Eligibility
To participate in the Agriculture Residential College in Blake Hall, students must:
- Be a first-year student with a declared major in the College of Agriculture
- Enroll in at least two courses offered through ARC in both the fall and spring semesters, including AGRI 1001, a one-hour class designed to orient all new students to the College of Agriculture, in the fall, and AGRI 1011, a one-hour class that teaches students about issues in the agricultural industry, in the spring.
- See the complete list of requirements here.
Application and Room Assignments
- Eligible students should select the Agriculture Residential College as their housing preference on the housing application.
- Residential College staff reviews the applications for eligibility as they are received and notifies residents of their acceptance into the program throughout the spring.
- ARC residents can search for potential roommates in the online housing portal beginning in January and begin making room selections in April.
- For housing application and room assignment information, please contact Res Life at 225-578-8663.
- For Agriculture Residential College eligibility information, please contact ARC staff listed below.
Blake Hall provides everything students need to be successful: offices where College of Agriculture faculty and advisors hold office hours, a classroom in the lobby, multiple study spaces, modern two-student, suite-bathroom* style rooms in a renovated residence hall, and a great location between Campus Lake and the 459 Commons dining hall.
*If the program’s enrollment exceeds the number of suite-style rooms available, students will overflow into the hall-bath style of rooms in Blake Hall.