Students who reside in Special Living Options (SLOs) live and learn with classmates who share their interests. Students live with other members of their SLO in close-knit communities ("houses") located in the Nittany Apartments, where they have the opportunity to participate in field trips, group dinners, and other social and educational activities. Students build strong relationships with their fellow residents—and with the faculty and staff members affiliated with their SLO. In our SLOs, learning isn't just encouraged—it's celebrated.
The Discover Schuylkill SLO is a living-learning environment for first-year students who wish to explore more than one academic option before deciding on a major. In addition to the typical social and informational programs provided to first-year students, students are supported in investigating academic majors and careers through special programs and advising opportunities. Discover Schuylkill is supported by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, and is an ideal environment for beginning university life and for exploring the many available options provided by Penn State.
Multicultural Living Learning Unit (McLLU)
The Multicultural Living Learning Unit brings together first-year students of different backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles to foster an environment that celebrates diversity of identity, thought, and experience. Through programs that support the various identities of Penn State Schuylkill, McLLU will strengthen understanding and empower students to make the campus, community, and society a better place in which to live, learn, and grow.
The Green House SLO, located in Nittany V, focuses on enhancing students' awareness of environment and sustainability issues. Green House members can make a difference on campus by developing environmental initiatives and further explore topics through interaction at a variety of social, educational, and environmentally focused programs.
Eco-Reps live in Nittany V and are charged with promoting environmentally responsible behavior to resident students. These student leaders discuss ways that residents can adopt a specific lifestyle or behavior that will support the University’s commitment towards being a sustainable entity. An example of programming conducted by Eco-Reps may be encouraging responsible energy usage during the fall semester and emphasizing recycling and composting during the spring semester. Eco-Reps work together to design and implement fun activities that inspire their peers to follow sustainable behavior.
The Academic SLO is available to students who share similar academic goals and may be enrolled in honors courses. The scholars' growth is fostered through activities with faculty members. Schuylkill students also have the opportunity to participate in the Residence Life Council and the Community Standards Board.
The Civil And Social Engagement (CASE) House brings students together to promote social advocacy, develop leadership skills, and serve the needs of the Schuylkill County community. Through education, collaboration, and resource development, CASE prepares students to be civic-minded and well rounded. Through programs that support the Penn State local community and various networks, CASE will strengthen commitment to social justice, community service, and citizenship, empowering students to be well-rounded, global citizens.
In order to be considered for any of the SLOs, please download this form and submit it with your Nittany Apartment Housing Contract.