What's it like?

Welcome to living on campus! A residential campus provides the opportunity for students to continually refine and apply their learning outside of the classroom. We believe the residence halls are the largest learning labs you will find on campus. Through engaging in the opportunities available at Connecticut College students can expect to gain valuable life skills in preparation for life beyond college. The work of the REAL office is driven by our mission, guiding principles and student learning outcomes. 


Mission:  The mission of the Residential Education and Living (REAL) Office is to foster responsible citizenship by cultivating safe, inclusive communities that advance learning in and outside of the classroom.


Guiding Principles: The REAL office supports the mission and values of Connecticut College through the following…

  • Challenge and support students in the navigation of community living and development of life skills
  • Employ a representative group of students and hone their leadership skills in order to support the mission of the REAL office
  • Create and execute housing processes which meet the needs of our engaged and diverse student body
  • Report and respond to students in need through our daily practices and on-call crisis intervention system
  • Collaborate with faculty and other offices to develop programs to support a curriculum outside of the classroom which enhances each student's sense of belonging and engagement.  
  • Uphold the Honor Code by empowering students to hold one another accountable


Learning Outcomes:


  • Challenge – Students will embrace learning opportunities and challenges that support their growth.


Each student will be able to:

  • explore identities of themselves and others.
  • engage in learning opportunities that lead them from the familiar to the unfamiliar.
  • recognize challenges as opportunities for growth.
  • engage diverse viewpoints that challenge their perspectives.


  • Ownership – Students will apply personal and institutional values to make informed decisions, own their choices, and acknowledge their impact on others.

Each student will be able to:

  • acknowledge their role as a member of a larger community.
  • demonstrate intellectual independence to shape the direction of their learning.
  • take responsibility for their decisions and actions.
  • demonstrate the capacity for reasoned dialogue in the face of differing perspectives.


  • Reflection – Students will engage in self-reflection as well as reflection about the larger society as they strive to build lives and communities of meaning, balance, and purpose.


Each student will be able to:

  • assess personal strengths and opportunities for growth.
  • continually evaluate their goals and priorities in structuring a balanced life.
  • understand and explain the connections across their educational experiences.
  • communicate the outcomes of their learning.


  • Engagement – Students will develop intercultural, interpersonal, and professional skills through experiences on and off campus.


Each student will be able to:

  • develop meaningful relationships and partnerships.
  • learn to work through conflict in a constructive manner.
  • collaborate to advance mutually agreed upon goals.
  • build and sustain healthy and just communities.