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S ince opening its doors in August 2004, freshman students at Texas A&M International University have had the option of living on-campus at the University’s Residential Learning Community (RLC). “Many of our students have not had the opportunity to experience on-campus living before. We view this as an opportunity for students to learn valuable life experiences such as teamwork, negotiation, mediation, and good study habits. We want our residents to succeed, not just as students, but as young adults. We are here to support our students’ needs and are prepared to work with them through out their academic year,” explained Vicky Schreiber, Director of Housing and Residence Life. Some of the benefits of living on campus are obvious: short walk to classes and the library and convenient access to professor’s office hours and campus events. Others are not so obvious, but have a large impact. “Studies show students who live on campus have higher GPAs, complete their degrees in shorter time, don’t transfer as often and tend to feel more a part of the University,” said Schreiber. “Students interact daily in the dining center, floor lounges and the clubhouse at the RLC. Through these daily interactions, students develop a greater sense of community and find opportunities to make new friends. The RLC has a tendency to have more interaction than apartments, which is why first year students are required to live in the RLC if they choose to live on campus. This makes it easier for freshman students to make friends early, become involved in campus activities and live in an environment that is conducive to academic success,” she added. TAMIU does not require all students to live on campus, but at least now, students do have that option. The gated facility provides on-site management and a variety of amenities including swimming pools, cable TV, high-speed Internet, social lounges, and laundry facilities. It also offers all private bedrooms, a lounge with plasma TV, lighted basketball court, two sand volleyball courts and a swimming pool


with sun deck.

“The RLC is divided by gender.The first floors of the front two buildings are co-ed by suite. Each building then also has an all-male floor and an all-female floor. Each floor also has a Resident Assistant, or RA, who is a peer leader who has been chosen to work with the students of the community. The RAs have gone through extensive preparatory training to learn how to deal with a variety of situations,”

designated to house first- year students, in some cases sophomores have also had the opportunity to live in the RLC. There are even some faculty members living at the RLC to help students achieve academic success and who work with Housing to present workshops and programs to help students achieve academic success.

Students and faculty aren’t the only ones who have made good use of TAMIU’s newest residential facility. More than 1,000 high school students and adults have stayed on campus while visiting for camps or

faculty, staff, non-traditional, married and family housing have the option of living at the University Village, located on the campus’ west side.


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University Village offers fully and unfurnished apartment homes, community center with widescreen TV, swimming pool, a spa, laundry facility, and free basic cable and Internet. Floor plans range from one bedroom to four bedrooms.

Applications for both housing facilities are available online at housing.tamiu.edu.

For more information, visit offices located at 5281 University Boulevard (Residential Learning Community) or 4907 University Boulevard (University Village) or call 956.326.1300 for the Residential Learning Community or 956.326.0161 for University Village.

Melissa Barrientos-Whitfield

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