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 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 Discover Schuylkill SLO is a living-learning environment for 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.
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.
In order to be considered for any of the SLOs, please download this form and submit it with your Nittany Apartment Housing Contract.