Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community

Current Rutgers Students:

  1. All current students must apply for a lottery number between January 18, 2016 – January 26, 2016

Wessels Hall, Bishop Quads, College Avenue Campus

The Paul Robeson community was established in 1976 and is a symbol of acknowledgment of the late Paul Robeson, a celebrated African-American activist, scholar, artist, athlete, and Rutgers graduate. This community places special emphasis on aiding first-year students as they make the transition from high school to college.  It encourages community interaction and involvement, scholarship, as well as self-growth. Community members stress cultural enrichment and awareness among themselves, other members of the residence hall and the Rutgers community.  They work collaboratively with staff and faculty mentors towards academic achievement and excellence.  The community strives to engender curiosity, interest and understanding of the history and origins of the African Diaspora and the relevance and importance of that understanding in day to day life.

College Avenue Campus and Leupp and Wessels Hall:

Community members will live on College Avenue Campus, adjacent to downtown New Brunswick with theaters, restaurants, student-friendly shopping, and the NJ Transit train station for easy access to NYC and Philadelphia. Luepp and Wessels Halls are in the heart of the college avenue campus in the scenic Bishop Quads area.


  • Live in the newly renovated Bishop Quad Residence Halls and receive guaranteed housing
  • Build a network of faculty and staff members who are willing to assist you in your college journey
  • Engage in cultural immersion and enrichment
  • Participate in a dynamic, positive, and fun environment with unique, targeted programming
    • Field trips
    • Movie nights
    • Holiday celebrations
    • Cultural dinners
    • Guest speakers
    • Community services
  • Participate in discussions/activities with Rutgers professors to build strong academic connections and mentoring relationships.
  • Connect to other LLCs in the building such as Latin Images (Latin diaspora), Asian American Identities and Images (Asian American diaspora) and French and German Language and Culture.
  • Explore Rutgers within a smaller community of students and make friends!
  • Participate in academic success workshops and opportunities for academic coaching
  • Receive  individualized attention from designated live-in student peer mentors who will guide and advise you (first-years and transfers) to provide a smooth and successful transition into Rutgers through course registrations, getting involved, managing your time, academic development……showing you the “ropes” and common pitfalls to avoid in your first-year.
  • Upper-class students will have the opportunity to engage in leadership roles and serve as mentors for first-year students

Early Move-In and Special Orientation
Students enrolled in the program will get the added advantage/benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program.  This will provide first-years the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance, and upper-class students the chance to return early and settle in accordingly.


  • Students applying should have an interest in leadership, cultural enrichment, and the African Diaspora.
  • Incoming first-years and transfers affiliated with SAS, SEBS, and RBS schools
  • Current Students – All school affiliations

Participation Requirements

  • First-year students will be registered an exclusive 1 credit Byrne Seminar:   Paul Robeson as a Global Citizen and Introduction to Africana Studies (3 credits) course through the Department of Africana Studies

Application Process

First-years and incoming transfers:

  1. The first-year application is currently closed but will be available closer to February 1.
  2.  At that time you should register Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community as your first choice on the online housing application on the Enrollment Pathway.
  3. Complete a living-learning community application.  Incoming students will be asked to participate in a phone interview and will be contacted by a Residence Life staff member to complete that interview.

Current Students:

  1. All current students must apply for a lottery number between January 18, 2016 – January 26, 2016

For more information contact:

Ariel Leget or Ghada Endick at:
Phone:  848-932-4371