Theme Communities offer students an opportunity to live and learn with peers who share a passion area or a lived experience.  By creating intentionally small communities on one floor within a larger residence hall, students quickly develop friendships.  Theme Community residents are afforded opportunities to grow and learn through participation in events, programs, academic study sessions, and networking events with faculty, staff and invited leaders. 

Residents who select these communities enjoy a greater connection between life inside and outside of the classroom with access to faculty, staff, and student leaders in a variety of settings. Themed communities make it easy to make the most of living on-campus!    

Theme Communities for First-Year Students: 

Theme Communities for sophomores: 

Through participation in a theme communities students will: 

  • Develop a greater understanding of their intended major and career goals 
  • Be exposed to new and enlightening information that can help to shape their thinking 
  • Gain greater and earlier knowledge of what resources and opportunities exist at Rutgers and beyond 
  • Positively influence learning, retention, and integration into campus life. 
  • Connect with other students that share similar interests or aspirations 

Theme communities let resident students: 

  • Explore similar interests and passions 
  • Bond with other students 
  • Connect with enthusiastic faculty and staff members 
  • Gain access to additional academic support 
  • Challenge themselves in new ways 
  • Make a lasting impact on their collegiate experience 

There is no additional cost to participating in a theme community, and tons of benefits brought right to your doorstep. Theme community living is a very popular option, so be sure to fill out your application early to ensure yourself a space in these selective communities! 


Theme Communities for first-year students 

Athletic Scholar Community 
Athletic Scholar Community is geared towards student athletes. This community allows student athletes who have a common bond of being both a student and an athlete. This floor is aimed at helping student athletes become acclimated in both of their roles with a focus on academics and overall wellness. 

Health Sciences Community 
The Health Sciences Community is designed for students who are majoring or minoring in Health Sciences or interested in a community supportive of health and wellness.  Community members will focus on improving their overall well-being while learning about important challenges related to health and policy.  Members will have opportunities for social and academic interactions with faculty, professionals, alumni, and advisors in Health Sciences. 

Honors College Community 
The Honors Community is designed to promote community between students who have been accepted into the Honors College.  This community provides students the opportunity to live, learn, and study with their peers in classes. Residents reflect positively on the friends they make living and learning together while impacting their personal and academic development.  This community participates in diverse programming that complements a rigorous academic schedule while addressing personal development and academic success. 

Nursing School Community 
The Nursing Community is for students enrolled in the School of Nursing.  Community members will have the unique opportunity to live and learn together with other nursing students through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events.  This peer support system will foster friendships and help with the transition to college and reinforce your commitment to nursing excellence.  This community participates in diverse programming that complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the nursing profession. 

The Sankofa Collective- NEW for 2021 
The Sankofa Collective provides a welcoming place for students to engage in discourse about the Black community on campus and at large, receive mentorship, and develop understanding of leadership and personal identity.  By placing special emphasis on aiding first-year students as they make the transition from high school to college, the community encourages interaction and involvement, scholarship, as well as self-growth. Community members stress cultural enrichment and awareness among themselves 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.  

Through a partnership with the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice and the Division of Student Affairs, students can expect workshops, group study sessions, organized opportunities to volunteer in the community, and excursions off-campus. Students who participate in this community have access to mentoring and advising and can take advantage of multiple opportunities to build relationships with local and campus community leaders.  The ultimate goal of this community is to positively impact academic success, however, it is also to achieve a goal of the ISGRJ in reconstructing individual thinking about self and others.  


Theme Communities established for Sophomores 

Honors College Community- SOPHMORES 
The Honors College Community is designed to promote community between students who have been accepted into the Honors College.  This provides students the opportunity to live, learn, and study with their peers in classes. Residents reflect positively on the friends they make living and learning together while impacting their personal and academic development.  

2nd Year Nursing Community  
The 2nd Year Nursing community will provide sophomore nursing students with the opportunity to connect with students who have similar interest and goals and develop a community of support which may include forming study groups and support through the nursing program. Members of this community will engage in in-hall programming that supports your experience as a nursing student.  

Sophomore Athletic Scholar Community 
Athletics Community is geared towards student athletes. This community allows student athletes who have a common bond of being both a student and an athlete. This floor is aimed at helping student athletes become acclimated to the college in both of their roles. 

Transfer Year Experience Community 
The Transfer Year Experience (TYE) is a community designed to support the transition of transfer students from their previous institution to Rutgers University-Camden. TYE community allows transfer students access to a community where they feel immediately at home, learn to navigate campus resources, and build intentional and lasting connections.  Living in a community of other transfers, residents of TYE are able to quickly connect over shared experiences and learn from each other’s individual strengths.  


 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THEME COMMUNITIES 

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF BEING A MEMBER OF A THEME COMMUNITY? 
As a member of a Theme Community, students will live with peers who share a common interest or experience. Events and workshops are hosted several times a month around the shared topic area.  Having a tight-knit community of peers makes RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-CAMDEN feel like home right away! 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF BEING IN A THEME COMMUNITY? 
Each Theme Community has slightly different requirements, but students are generally expected to participate in Theme Community events or workshops twice a month.  

HOW DO I APPLY TO A THEME COMMUNITY? 
To apply to a Theme Community, students will fill out the Theme Community application by Friday, June 25, 2021. 

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO EACH THEME COMMUNITY? 
Each Theme Community accepts between 10-40 students each year.  

CAN I LIVE WITH MY ROOMMATE IN A THEME COMMUNITY
We encourage students to share their roommate preference in the Theme Community application; however, we cannot guarantee the ability to match students with their preferred roommate. If one roommate is accepted into the Theme Community and the other isn’t, we are not able to match them together. If both roommates are accepted into the Theme Community, we will do our best to match them as roommates. 

IF I GET ACCEPTED INTO A THEME COMMUNITY, CAN I DECLINE THE ACCEPTANCE? WHAT HAPPENS THEN? 
Yes, if you are accepted into a Theme Community and no longer want to participate in it, reply to your acceptance email within 48 hours to decline the offer. The student will be removed from the Theme Community and enter into the traditional housing assignment process.