Cohorts, Faculty Floors, and Lifestyle Communities

There are many options available to customize your residence experience and live with like-minded peers in residence through cohorts, Faculty floors, or lifestyle communities. Groups of students who share common academic programs, interests or lifestyles can live and learn together through these communities. They 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 location-based 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 Faculty floor or lifestyle community even if they do not initially apply to one.

Would you like to join an Academic Cohort?

Fill out the Academic Cohort Sign-Up to be added to your faculty’s Academic Cohort on Expedition:Connect. Fill out the form before the 25th of the month to be added by the next month!

First Year Academic Cohorts

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We offer faculty-based cohorts in Lister Centre for residents who want to share their experience with other students from their academic program. In 2022-2023, residents in all buildings/communities will have the option to enrol in an Academic Cohort (via Expedition:Connect) that is not location-based.

Note that although Academic Cohorts will not be location-based, they will benefit from in-person programs that are coordinated by an Academic Cohort Leader. Academic Cohort Leaders are upper year students in your faculty who will offer unique programs and activities related to your academic and career goals. 

In addition to these Academic Cohorts, we will also continue to have location-based communities for students in specific faculties (called Faculty Floors). Scroll down for more information about Faculty Floors. Note that students can choose to apply for a spot on a location-based Faculty Floor and participate in their Faculty’s Academic Cohort, but living in a Faculty Floor is not a requirement to participate in an Academic Cohort.

Academic Cohorts and Faculty Floors

In 2022-23, residence will have two types of faculty-specific communities: Academic Cohorts and Faculty Floors.

Academic Cohorts
These are non-location based communities that residents can choose to participate in via Expedition:Connect. They will benefit from faculty-specific academic programs and connection to faculty resources.
Academic Cohort Leaders
These are student leaders who will provide faculty-specific academic programming and support for residents participating in their faculty's Academic Cohort.
Faculty Floors
These are location-based communities where students in the same faculty live together. Students on Faculty Floors can choose to enroll in an Academic Cohort if they wish to participate in faculty-specific academic programs.

Top three reasons to join your faculty’s Academic Cohort:

  1. Participate in activities and events that will help you connect with fellow students in your faculty and help you build academic skills
  2. Connect with professionals and faculty members outside of the classroom
  3. Get connected to resources and services that will help you get involved on campus and achieve your academic goals
Faculty of Arts Cohort

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

Potential cohort activities include:

  • Presentations from Faculty members 
  • Programs to connect students with resources in the Arts faculty
  • Programs to connect students with career-planning resources
Faculty of Education Cohort

This Cohort is for students in the Faculty of Education who would like to connect with fellow students in their Faculty and participate in events and activities that will set them up for success as future educators.

Potential cohort activities include:

  • Opportunities to meet Faculty members and/or executives of the Education Students’ Association
  • Workshops for academic skills like essay writing
  • Exploration of personal learning styles
Faculty of Science Cohort

Participating in the Science cohort enables you to connect with peers who are also interested in the broad field of Science. 

Potential cohort activities include:

  • Trip to the Telus World of Science
  • Info sessions on how to get involved in scientific research 
  • Information sessions about professional programs or careers
Faculty of Science (Computer Science) Cohort

As a member of the Computer Science Cohort, students will get to connect with other students in their faculty and participate in activities and events related to their field of study. They will also be connected to resources and services that will allow them to plan for careers in Computer Science and pursue extracurricular opportunities related to their degree.

Potential cohort activities include:

  • Presentations on careers in Computer Science
  • Programs that connect students to resources in the Faculty
Faculty of Nursing Cohort

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

Potential cohort activities include:

  • Info sessions on the different specialties in Nursing
  • Presentations from Nursing faculty members
  • Nursing-specific academic skills sessions
Faculty of Engineering Cohort

In collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, this cohort is tailored towards students currently enrolled in Engineering. As a cohort participant, you will get to connect with other Engineering students who are on the same journey as you and build skills that set you up for success in the rest of your career. 

Potential cohort activities include:

  • Special presentations about opportunities within the Faculty of Engineering
  • Attending Engineering related programs and events with your cohort
  • Information sessions to help students choose an Engineering discipline
  • Connection with upper year Engineering students to help support your academic journey

ACADEMIC FACULTY FLOORS

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For even more connection with their faculty, residents can apply to live on an academic Faculty Floor. These communities are a great place to live if you want to connect with other students in your program outside the classroom and be surrounded by like-minded individuals. In 2022-2023, we will offer the following location-based Faculty Floors:

  • Science Faculty Floor (first-year students only) - Thelma Chalifoux Hall in Lister Centre
  • Computer Science Faculty Floor (first-year students only) - Thelma Chalifoux Hall in Lister Centre
  • Education Faculty Floor (first-year students only) - Thelma Chalifoux Hall in Lister Centre
  • Nursing Faculty Floor (first-year students only) - Thelma Chalifoux Hall in Lister Centre
  • Engineering Faculty Floor (first-year students only) - Thelma Chalifoux Hall in Lister Centre
  • Upper-Year Engineering Faculty Community - HUB Mall* (tentative)

Students in the Science and Nursing Faculty Floors will have access to supplies and materials to supplement their in-class learning. For the Nursing Faculty Floor, these supplies include a stethoscope and anatomy diagrams. For the Science Faculty Floor, these supplies include an Organic Chemistry Model Kit and models of the human brain!

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, and a mutual understanding that everyone maintains a reasonably low level of noise at all times. Residents can also choose to make a community commitment together to establish extended quiet hours.

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 can create a community commitment together to abstain from the use of alcohol and cannabis within their common areas and their own rooms!

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 specialised 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, for students in College of Social Sciences & Humanities)

This cohort floor is for first-year students who are passionate about leadership and want to make a difference in their community. Programs and events in this cohort will focus on exploring current social issues, pursuing opportunities for advocacy and activism, and building skills to grow as leaders.

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 in. 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.

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

This cohort connects students who self-identify as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit to on-campus events, resources and peers. This cohort focuses on community building within the Indigenous 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 2SLGBTQ+ students to on-campus events, resources and peers. This cohort focuses on community building within the 2SLGBTQ+ community and establishing an inclusive residence space for students to connect with peers, student leaders, and staff. This cohort works in close collaboration with The Landing.

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.

How do you apply to live on a faculty or lifestyle floor?
  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