Cohorts and Lifestyle Communities

Academic Cohort Update

We are working hard to reimagine our Academic Cohort floors during this time of physical distancing. We are still committed to offering an academic cohort program to help you better connect to peers and your faculty. Please continue to monitor your UAlberta email for updates regarding our Academic Cohort plans for Fall 2021.

 

There are many options available to customize your residence experience and live with like-minded peers in residence through themed, academic cohort or lifestyle floors. Groups of students who share common academic programs, interests or lifestyles live and learn together on each floor. These communities are a great opportunity for you to broaden your learning outside of the classroom, share experiences and connect with your peers.

We do our best to assign students who apply for specialty communities to these floors. However, space is limited and may not be available. In contrast, should interest in the communities be low, applicants may be assigned to a cohort floor even if they do not initially apply to one.


First Year Academic Cohort Floors

We offer faculty-based cohorts in the Lister Centre for residents who want to share their experience with other students from their academic program. Each academic floor will offer unique activities related to your faculty, academic and career goals. These floors are a great place to get to know your classmates outside the classroom and make like-minded friends.

Top three reasons to live on an academic cohort floor:

  1. Share goals, interests, and challenges with like-minded students
  2. Connect with professionals and faculty members outside of the classroom
  3. Get involved in career and degree planning
Faculty of Arts Residence Cohort (first-year students only)

The Arts Cohort is for students who want to get involved in their Faculty, connect with peers and explore future career opportunities related to their degree. Cohort members will:

  • Be supported by the Faculty of Arts with resources and advice
  • Participate in skill building and career exploration opportunities
  • Attend Faculty events and programs together
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Faculty of Science Residence Cohort (first-year students only)

Living in the Science cohort enables you to learn and study alongside peers who are also interested in the broad field of Science. By living on a Science floor, you will have unique opportunities to connect with Faculty, Staff, and get involved in Science-based programs and events on campus.

Potential floor activities include:

  • Dinner with a Science faculty member
  • Trip to the Telus World of Science
  • Science-specific time management, study, and lab skills sessions
  • Information sessions about professional programs or careers
Faculty of Nursing Residence Cohort (first-year students only)

As part of the Nursing cohort, you will be able to live with others who have similar interests and goals, easily set up study parties and specific residence programming tailored to your studies, and participate in activities related to your Nursing degree.

Potential floor activities include:

  • Floor study groups
  • Dinner with a Nursing faculty member
  • Nursing-specific academic skills sessions
Faculty of Engineering Residence Cohort (first-year students only)

In collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, this community is tailored towards students currently enrolled in Engineering. As a cohort participant you will live on the same floor with other Engineering students and will learn and study alongside your peers.

Potential floor activities include:

  • Special presentations about opportunities within the Faculty of Engineering
  • Attending engineering related programs and events with your floor
  • Access to upper year engineering students to help support your academic journey Floor study groups
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Faculty of Business Residence Cohort (first-year students interested in pursuing a degree in Business only)

This community is tailored towards students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Business or who are interested in pursuing a degree with the Faculty of Business. As a cohort participant you will live on the same floor with other Business and future business students and will learn and study alongside your peers.

Potential floor activities include:

  • Special presentations about opportunities within the Faculty of Business
  • Leadership-based events
  • Floor study groups

Upper Year Academic Cohort Floors

We offer the following upper year residence cohort in Nîpisîy House. This community provides students interested in living with their friends who may not be within the same faculty, the chance to still live as part of a cohort community. This cohort features specialized programming and faculty-based events to support student academic success.

Faculty of Engineering Residence Cohort (upper year and graduate students only)

In collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, this community is tailored towards students currently enrolled in Engineering. As a cohort participant you will live on the same floor with other Engineering students and will learn and study alongside your peers.

Potential floor activities include:

  • Special presentations about opportunities within the Faculty of Engineering
  • Dinner with a Faculty member
  • Floor study groups

Lifestyle Floors

The following Lifestyle floors are currently only offered in Lister Hall for first year students.

Quiet Floors

Prefer a quieter floor environment that has the same academic, social and personal support of our other floors? Residents and student staff on quiet floors follow regular quiet hours, in addition to extended quiet hours and a mutual understanding that everyone maintains a reasonably low level of noise at all times.

Substance-Free Floors

Prefer an alcohol-free and/or cannabis-free environment that has the same academic, social and personal support of our other floors? Residents and student staff on substance-free floors keep their common areas and own rooms as alcohol and cannabis free zones!


Non-Academic Cohort Communities

Residence provides a variety of non-academic cohort communities to connect students in residence who have shared interests and experiences. These Non-Academic Cohort communities feature specialized student staff dedicated to creating events and engaging programs that connect students with their peers and the greater campus community.

Top three reasons to participate in a Non-Academic Cohort:

  1. Share goals, interests, and challenges with like-minded students
  2. Connect with campus and community resources that can contribute to your university experience
  3. Get involved in leadership opportunities and community events

Non-Academic Cohort Floors

Social Justice and Leadership Cohort Floor (first-year students only, open to students in any faculty)

Students in the Social Justice and Leadership Cohort will all live collectively on a floor in Lister Centre. Specialized student staff will work with cohort members to provide opportunities to further support student interest in social justice and learning about social issues in the community.

Non-Academic Cohort Communities

Residence offers the following non-academic cohort communities that are open to students in residence no matter which residence they reside. These cohorts allow students to live in the residence of their choosing, while participating in programs and events designed to connect students to one another.

FNMI Cohort (open to students in residence who self-identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit)

This cohort connects students who self-identify as members of the FNMI community to on-campus events, resources and peers. This cohort focuses on community building within the FNMI community and establishing an inclusive residence space for students to connect with peers, student leaders and staff. This cohort works in close collaboration with University of Alberta First Peoples' House.

2SLGBTQ+ Cohort (open to students in residence who self-identify as members of the 2SLGBTQ+)

This cohort connects our LGBTQ2S+ students to on-campus events, resources and peers. This cohort focuses on community building within the LGBTQ2S+ community and establishing an inclusive residence space for students to connect with peers, student leaders and staff.

Undergraduate International Student Cohort (open to any undergraduate student in residence who self-identify as international students)

This cohort connects undergraduate students who identify as international students to on-campus events, resources and peers. This cohort focuses on community building within the international student community and establishing an inclusive residence space for students to connect with peers, student leaders and staff. This cohort works in close collaboration with University of Alberta International.

Graduate International Student Cohort (open to any graduate student in residence who self-identify as international students)

This cohort connects graduate students who identify as international students to on-campus events, resources and peers. This cohort focuses on academic support, career planning and community building. This cohort works in close collaboration with University of Alberta International.

Wondering how you can apply to live on a cohort floor, lifestyle floor or participate in a Non-Academic Cohort?
  1. Apply to live in residence
  2. Check your UAlberta email for a Room Offer
  3. Complete the cohort application section of your Confirmation Package