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Prospective Students

We are currently reviewing applications for the RLC. Applications are read on a rolling basis by the RLC Director and staff. Applications will be reviewed at least monthly with notification regarding status being released to your provided email addresses by the 5th of the month following the month you applied.  Questions regarding your application or status can be directed to  We encourage you to review the FAQ below as it may provide a quicker answer to your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions


I thought the RLC was in Peddrew-Yates Hall?  Is it really in Payne Hall now?

  • Yes, as our program expands, Payne hall offers more spaces for housing and programming as well as great opportunities for faculty interaction in the building.

What type of residence hall is Payne Hall? 

  • Payne Hall offers a variety of room styles from suites with common rooms to double suites with a shared bathroom to standard double residency rooms. For images and room details, visit the housing site.

How much does it cost to have live in Payne Hall? 

  • Room rate vary based on style.  Room and Board rates can be found on the Housing & Residence Life's rate site.

Is every person in the residence hall part of the Residential Leadership Community?

  • Yes, we have first, second, and third-year students living in Payne. All upper division students in Payne serve in leadership roles in the community.  Additionally Resident Advisors may be second through fourth-year students.

How are the facilities as far as safety and security? 

  • Students in every residence hall on campus are required to swipe their Hokie Passports through a security system each time they enter the building.
  • Additional information on campus security can be found at the campus police site.
  • For more information, you can read up on Residence Hall Security Tips.

What are the mandatory requirements of my student because he or she is part of the RLC?

  • RLC Student must be enrolled in the Fall and Spring linked coursework in the RLC (see course information)
  • Participation in RLC convocations occurring:
    • The Saturday before classes begin
    • Once per week during the first 6 weeks of the fall semester
    • Monthly throughout the remainder of the year.
    • Dates and times of convocations will be noted on the community agreement.  Attendance at the sessions is very important so that students are consistently integrated into the community and receive ongoing support from faculty and staff.  Any conflicts or absences should be brought to the Directors attention at least two weeks in advance.
  • A community agreement outlining standards of engagement and behavior is sent to all student who accept their offers to live in the RLC.

How can I get into contact with someone in the office of the Residential Leadership Community?

When will students be notified if she or he was accepted into the Residential Leadership Community?

  • Beginning in February, applications will be read and applicants will be notified of their status by the 5th of the month following their application. 

What if a student was not offered a spot in the RLC? Does he or she have other options? 

  • Yes, we encourage students to contact: and inquire about other Living Learning Options. 

What is a Residential Advisor and what do they do? 

  • There are seven RAs in Payne Hall, one in each house. You can read more about RAs here.

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