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 The Department of Residence Life and University College feature academic theme floors as part of the experience offered within the Academic Success Communities. An academic theme floor is where students are housed together in a residential setting with others possessing similar academic and personal interests. Specific programs are designed around a floor’s theme and are presented by residence life staff, faculty associates, other academic partners and the residents themselves.

> Leadership Explorers  |

Do you want to be a leader on Winthrop’s campus?  The Leadership Explorers community equips its members with the tools, skills and resources needed to become an effective leader and community member on campus.  Hall activities, designed by faculty, students and staff, will allow students to reflect on their own leadership style, as well as what it means to engage in leadership at Winthrop and beyond.  With a hall full of leaders, the direction of this community is in your hands!

Richardson and Wofford 8th Floor

> Environmental Issues  |  

Are you passionate about protecting the environment?  Do you believe in “going green”?  Do you want to educate your peers about the importance of recycling?  Members of the Environmental Issues community will explore the environment and the ways it is affected by our everyday actions.  Activities developed by community members and the faculty partner will include discussions on current issues, community awareness projects, recycling programs, and service learning projects.

Wofford and Richardson 1st Floor; Lee Wicker 302-330

> Healthy "U"  |

Living a healthy lifestyle goes beyond simply eating right and exercising.  Members of the Healthy U community will explore what wellness really means, by participating in a wide variety of activities that promote positive and balanced life-style choices.  Members of the Healthy U community have the opportunity to participate in programs including nutrition seminars, relationship discussions, and healthy stress relieving activities.  Additionally, students in this community will benefit from the brand new West Center, offering state-of-the-art health and wellness programs and opportunities.

Richardson and Wofford 5th and 6th floors;  Margaret Nance 3rd Floor; Lee Wicker 1st Floor; Phelps 3rd Floor Courtyard 2nd Floor

> Learning for Life  |  

Transitioning to college and learning to navigate a new campus and academic requirements can be a daunting task.  The Learning for Life community assists first-year students in this transition, while learning valuable life skills and enriching their academic experience.  Faculty, students and staff develop a variety of events and activities ranging from book discussions to time management workshops to weekly hall cooking lessons. 

Richardson and Wofford 3rd, 4th & 7th Floors; Margaret Nance 1st Floor;Phelps 67-86; Lee Wicker 243-270/332-370, Roddey Apartments (all floors); Courtyard 4th Floor

> Honors Housing 

The Honors community offers members of the Winthrop University Honors Program the opportunity to interact with their peers, and develop a community that thrives on academic success and scholarship.  Faculty, staff and students together will create programming that focuses on students’ academic interests and that will assist students in balancing their social and academic lives.  (Note: Participation in this community is limited to students admitted to the Winthrop University Honors Program).

Richardson and Wofford 2nd Floor; Courtyard 4th Floor

> Around the World   

Broaden your understanding of the cultures of the world while sharing your own in a truly intercultural community.  The Around the World community offers opportunities for participants to educate themselves on languages, cultures, travel as well as Winthrop’s many international study abroad programs and the National Student Exchange Program.   Members of this diverse community have one thing in common - interest in international travel and different cultures.  

Phelps 102-120

> Creative Habitat  |  

Explore creativity beyond the confines of the classroom, museum walls, and symphony halls.  Seek to find the sleeping creativity within all of us that will assist you in all aspects of life.  Members of the Creative Habitat have a commitment to considering issues in new and innovative ways, and draw inspiration from their world.  Students, faculty and staff create programs that focus on brainstorming, creative ways to handle the transition to college and both traditional and non-traditional art/creative endeavors (drawing, journaling, cooking, crafts, inventions, etc.). 

Margaret Nance 2nd Floor; Lee Wicker 202-242

> Business and Economics  |  

Step outside the graphs and numbers, to explore business and economics principles as they affect you today.  Faculty, students and staff members will investigate concepts of entrepreneurialism, budgeting and markets.  Students from all majors will learn how business and economics can influence their chosen career path – from developing a business plan for a small art studio to understanding how market trends can affect the field of science.  Gain opportunities to network with other students, faculty and community business leaders to expand your earning potential.

East Thomson 3rd and 4th Floors; Courtyard 3rd Floor

> Historical Perspectives  |  

Broaden your understanding of the present, by delving our deep-rooted past.  Members of the Historical Perspectives community will explore the events of the past, to apply and expand their knowledge of the current affairs of today’s society.  Historical topics, events and concepts will be explored, and applied to various fields and areas of interest ranging from business to art.  Learn where we are going, by knowing where we’ve been.   

West Thomson 3rd and 4th Floors

> D.R.E.A.M. Weavers  |  

Dare to change the life of others through the teaching profession.  The D.R.E.A.M. Weavers community is designed to Develop Residents to Educate And Mentor, through exploring concepts of education both inside and outside the classroom.  This community will bring together students interested in all levels of education to share ideas, create new ways to bring concepts to life for students, and unlock the hidden potential inside of everyone.

Phelps 2nd Floor

> Math and Science  |  

Einstein, Edison, and now you.  Activities on this floor will explore the scientific known and unknown while pushing the limits of the human mind.  Residents of the Math and Science community will network with their peers and faculty, while learning about the many career opportunities available in these ever evolving and advancing fields.


East Thomson 1st and 2nd Floors

> Helping Hands |  

One person can change the world, and the Helping Hands community brings together those students who want to impact the world around them.  Members of the Helping Hands community will join together to explore areas of need in the Winthrop, Rock Hill and greater communities.  Residents will engage in both large and small-scale service projects, while educating their peers on the value and importance of giving back to their community.


West Thomson 1st and 2nd Floors; Phelps 140-186; 1st Floor Courtyard


1. Increased retention and graduation rates
2. Improved grades
3. Regular interaction with faculty, in and out of the classroom

4. Specialized programming by the resident assistants
5. Classes held in the residence hall
6. Opportunities for increased community interaction with peers/classmates


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