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Health & Wellness Residential Learning Community

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About the Health & Wellness Residential Learning Community (HWRLC)

Application required:

  • RETURNING STUDENTS: Applications due by 11:59pm on Monday, March 10, 2014.
  • NEW STUDENTS: Applications from incoming first-year and transfer students are due on June 30, 2014.
  • Click here to link to the Health & Wellness RLC application

Vision Statement

The Health and Wellness Residential Learning Community is built upon the foundation of promoting healthy lifestyles, community, and learning. The HWRLC strives to be an inclusive and supportive community that encourages each of its members to explore and personally define health and wellness as well as achieve balance while navigating the UVM community.  This personal exploration is fostered in the community through formal and informal activities and programs that are educational as well as fun. As the health and wellness community grows we seek to continue to gain a more visible presence in the UVM campus community.

Who We Are

The Health & Wellness Residential Learning Community (HWRLC), located in Wright Hall has a wonderful community feel. Housed within the Christie/Wright/Patterson residential complex, all of our programming spaces are on the first floor of Wright, and our residents are housed on the second, third and fourth floors with fabulous views of the mountains. Programming spaces include a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and hosting community get-togethers, a yoga/meditation/exercise space, discounted access to the Wright Fitness Center, a classroom/group room, and administrative offices for faculty, staff and work-study students.  These spaces are used for programs such as Bite Club, Yoga class, Arts and Crafts, Breakfast Club, and many more innovations developed each year.  Each floor additionally has a kitchen, a lounge, and more community space at the end of the hall on our monstrous bean bags which also offer a fantastic view!

HWRLC students represent a wide variety of academic majors, yet share a common interest in healthy lifestyle choices. Whether you are into exercise, local foods, game nights with friends, or someone who is just interested in learning about health and wellness, this is the place for you.  Participation in the HWRLC provides the opportunity for students to live together in a setting where faculty, staff and students work collaboratively to promote and support personal and academic growth.

What We Do

HWRLC members actively participate in a variety of academics and activities based on their interest areas and class schedules. Examples of recent activities include: a moonlight hike up Stowe Pinnacle with a picnic atop the mountain; cross country skiing; rock climbing; camping; yoga and meditation practices; cooking and nutrition classes; maple sugaring, arts classes, and many other exciting options.

There are several levels of engagement available for HWRLC students. All first-time HWRLC students participate in a one-credit course on the six (6) domains of health and wellness (physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social and environmental). In the second semester there is an optional Leadership course. Using that first year experience as a foundation, students who wish to live in the HWRLC in subsequent years will continue to build upon their personal areas of interest, as well as contribute to the development of a larger community grounded in the principles of health and wellness.

Goals of the HWRLC

Through the HWRLC experience, students will have the opportunity to:

  1. Identify, understand, and incorporate into their lifestyle, a personal definition of wellness that integrates all six domains of health and wellbeing;
  2. Understand the impact and ramifications of lifestyle choices from both a personal and community/societal perspective;
  3. Develop/increase awareness of the influence that societal mores and values have on individual lifestyle choices and accepted norms;
  4. Explore health and wellbeing from multiple and diverse perspectives; and internalize how different experiences, perspectives and perceptions influence attitudes, values, and choices regarding health and wellbeing;
  5. Demonstrate leadership, involvement, and activism through shared personal and educational experiences;
  6. Invest in a broad range of integrated, interdisciplinary forums to facilitate the development of a variety of strategies that promote healthy lifestyle choices for self, community, society, and beyond.


Wright Hall is traditional-style hall with three semi-suites (common area  between two rooms) per floor, a lounge and kitchen per floor, and a study nook at the end of the floor with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Mount Mansfield, with comfy study bean bags.  There are primarily double and triple rooms, with one single room per floor. 

How to apply:

Admission to the HWRLC is by application only.

  • Returning Students:  Application is due by 11:59pm on Monday March 10, 2014.
  • Incoming First-Time, First-Year Students: Application is due by on June 30, 2014.
  • Transfer Students: TBD


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