College of Engineering

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Engineering Living Learning Communities

“Choosing to live in the Engineering Living and Learning Community was the best choice I made in coming to URI. I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity.” – ELLC resident

What is the ELLC (Engineering Living and Learning Community)?

  • The College of Engineering ELLC offers a dynamic and engaging living environment that promotes personal growth and academic success with a strong support network.
  • Freshman engineering students live together in four centrally located campus residence halls, directly benefiting from peer support and programming designed especially for them.
  • The engineering RAMs and the ELLC programs provide support for all freshman engineering students. It does not matter if you live in another residence hall on campus or if commute to campus: the ELLC is there for you – the resources and programs at the ELLC are open and available to all engineering freshman.
  • Be sure to participate regularly and take advantage of the various resources, programs, and integrated support network that will help you succeed as a URI engineering student.
  • Be a part of this highly acclaimed, successful living learning model that was established in 2007.

Who Are the Engineering RAMs (Resident Academic Mentors)?

Cat, Hutchinson Hall

Meet our Rams

  • Two RAMs live in each of our four ELLC residence halls: Hutchinson, Peck, Merrow, and Tucker. These upperclass engineering students serve as peer mentors for engineering freshmen living in ELLC residence halls as well as engineering freshman residing in other residence halls or who live off campus.
  • The RAMs are an integrated team that provides academic support to underclassmen and are their direct connection with the College of Engineering.

How do I Join the ELLC?

  • Incoming freshmen who have been admitted with engineering as their major (including undeclared engineering) and request on-campus housing are automatically eligible for assignment to an ELLC residence hall. In addition, students designated as Wanting Engineering are eligible for placement in the ELLC.
  • Submit your housing deposit early ! Placement in our ELLC residence halls is not guaranteed, and all rooms are assigned based on the date of receipt of housing deposit and space availability.  
  • ELLC students are typically assigned to double rooms.  
  • We encourage students to either select a roommate also admitted as a College of Engineering major -or- to not select a roommate at all to increase the likelihood of being assigned to one of the four buildings used for the Engineering LLC.
  • All first year on-campus residence hall room assignments are done in July of each year.

Note: Selecting more than one roommate may exclude you from the ELLC. If this is your situation, and you still wish to join the ELLC contact Mrs. Deb Bergner (see below) to discuss your options.

How do I Become an ELLC Resident Academic Mentor (RAM)?

  • ELLC Resident Academic Mentors (RAMs) are trained upper class engineering students (sophomores and above) who live in our ELLC residence hall communities. They are actively engaged academic leaders who help freshman engineering students succeed.
  • To learn more about becoming an ELLC RAM during the next academic year, please contact Ms. Tammy Leso, Coordinator of Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, at, or +1.401.874.2091.
  • If you are interested in this challenging and rewarding leadership position, be sure to apply early!  Applications for RAM positions for the next academic year open in December and close in early February. More information is available: Department of Housing and Residential Life.

Contact Us

ELLC Residence Halls: For any additional questions regarding the ELLC residence halls (including those about room assignments, facilities, deadlines, etc.), please contact:

  • By e-mail or phone:  Mrs. Deb Bergner, Coordinator of Educational Programs, Housing and Residential Life, at, or +1.401.874.4151.

ELLC Programs: For any additional questions regarding the ELLC programs (including those about the RAMs-Resident Academic Mentors, resident academic support network, program schedule and details, etc.), please contact:

  • By e-mail or phone:  Ms. Tammy Leso, Coordinator of Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, at, or +1.401.874.2091


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