Residential Learning Program

Engagement Opportunities for Students

Natural Sciences Residential Learning Program

WHAT IS THE RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM?

Imagine a community of like-minded college students, living and thriving together. The Residential Learning Program provides extensive engagement opportunities to incoming freshmen for the entire first year of the college experience.

Picture yourself engaging in activities with other College of Natural Sciences students. Connect with faculty and staff outside the classroom and immerse yourself in exciting extracurricular experiences. Enjoy the convenience of being surrounded by students taking similar coursework for added academic support through your first year.

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM EVENTS

Move-In Day Celebration

Meet your fellow RLP members, as well as faculty members from the College of Natural Sciences who you will be working with for the next year.

Big Island Trip

Travel to Hawaii Island with your fellow RLP members, and experience why being a land, sea, and space grant institution is so special. You will be able to tour the observatories at the top of Mauna Kea, take a guided tour through Volcanoes National Park, and snorkel the pristine Wai‘opea Tidepools.

Coconut Island Tour

Visit the famous Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, also known as Coconut Island. HIMB conducts multi-disciplinary research and education in all aspects of tropical marine biology. They continue to be a world leader in research. Tour their facilities, meet their researchers, and snorkel along their reefs.

Palehua-Palikea Hike

Palehua-Palikea is a restricted hike that is not open to the public. We are fortunate enough to be able to tour this trail with a lot of indigenous flora and fauna through the guidance of our Department of Botany faculty.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?

ANY INCOMING FRESHMAN is eligible to apply to the Residential Learning Program, as long as they are declared a major within the College of Natural Sciences.

College of Natural Sciences majors include:

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Information & Computer Sciences
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Physics

To become a part of our ‘ohana, apply for student housing, and be sure to select Natural Sciences Residential Learning Program on your application. Applications are due in early May.

Questions about the RLP? Contact Kenny Lopez at

This page was last updated on June 28, 2017

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