What are Specialty Academic Residential Communities?

Valdosta State University provides residential experiences commonly known around the country as Living Learning Communities (LLC), but as we are a part of the Blazer Nation, they are referred to as Specialty Academic Residential Communities (SpARCs). Residents in our SpARCs benefit from additional resources, support, and enhanced activities centered around a specific focus in order to elevate their residential experience.  At the center of all of our SpARCs is the belief that learning is an active and dynamic process that occurs both inside and outside the classroom and is a process in which students use several perspectives to learn. On-campus living spaces provide an ideal learning environment as most students spend more collective hours in their living environment than any other location on campus, including the classroom.   The Specialty Academic Residential Communities available for first-year students are Honors, Biology, Communication Arts, American Sign Language Immersion, ROTC, and Greek Life (for future sorority women going through recruitment their first-year).

About SpARCs

Honors Freshman & Upperclassmen Community

Honors college at VSU includes an exclusive residential and social community with dedicated facilities, smaller classes, scholarship opportunities, and rigorous interactions with faculty mentors. Located in Reade Hall.


American Sign Language Community

This community provides an opportunity for all students who are deaf, hearing, and hard-of-hearing to live together in a community where they can use and practice American Sign Language in a daily living. Located in Hopper Hall. If this is something you'd be interested in, apply here.

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Greek Life Freshman Community

This community aims to attract reliable, sisterly, responsible, and dedicated women to not only Greek Life, but also Valdosta State, and to assist in retaining those women through all four years of their undergraduate experience. Located in Georgia Hall.

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Sophomore Year Navigation Community

SYNC centers around building upon a successful first-year at VSU or correcting what made for a less than successful first-year. The Academic Support Center, Career Opportunities and Housing & Residence Life have put together this community to house students who are wanting to make the most of their 2nd year in college. Located in Georgia Hall.


Biology Residential Community

This community provides an opportunity for all biology students who are interested in Pre-Denistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinarian, General Biology and more to live together in a community where they can add on to their in-class learning with out of classes experience. Located in Georgia Hall. If this is something you'd be interested in, apply here.

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Air Force (ROTC) Freshman Community

This community prepares ROTC cadets for their life in college and beyond. Focusing on topics likely healthy living and global citizenship, this community will prepare our Air Force cadets for life outside of Valdosta, outside of Georgia and even outside of the country. Located in Patterson Hall.

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If you have any questions, please contact our coordinator for this program, Seth Sterlin, at 229-333-5920 or