The SAGE Community is a residential learning community that focuses on the academic success of first year students participating in the SAGE (Students Achieve Goals through Education) Program and includes a one week residential experience prior to fall move-in. Combined with the SAGE Learning Community, students will have access to academic support, peer mentorship, and personal development opportunities throughout the academic year that will create a connected sense of community and camaraderie. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the university and form relationships with faculty, staff, and peers that will provide a valuable network of support. This community is a partnership between the Center for Student Diversity, Housing & Residence Life, College of Liberal Arts, Academic Advising Center, and Academic Achievement Center
What is SAGE?
The SAGE Community is one component of Towson University's cultural diversity and student retention plan. Program resources are used to foster academic achievement, personal development, and campus wide involvement among entering students from diverse backgrounds. The SAGE program's mission remains the same but has expanded to include this unique living arrangement for a select group of entering freshmen who wish to participate. SAGE community participants are assigned a peer mentor and participate in various activities that enhance academic, budget management, and decision-making skills. Participants also expand their knowledge of diverse cultural groups, career development strategies, and participate in networking opportunities. For More Information visit: http://www.towson.edu/sage/
How do I apply?
Current residents must apply by 3 p.m. March 5, 2014 by visiting: www.towson.edu/housing/forms/rlcc.asp and must pay the $350 non-refundable housing deposit by 5 p.m. Thursday March 13, 2014. Instructions on how to pay the housing deposit will be sent to the student’s Towson email address (emailed to current eligible students living in University Housing only). You must be a SAGE Mentor for 2014-2015 to be considered for placement in the SAGE Community.
New students interested in the SAGE Community must complete the online housing request process. This includes paying a $350 non-refundable housing deposit and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the housing contract. During the online process students will be able to identify interest in the SAGE Community.
For information on how to apply to the SAGE Program visit: www.towson.edu/sage/applications/index.asp For information on the online housing request process visit: Request Housing
What staffing is there for the community?
The community will have 2 Resident Assistants and multiple SAGE Mentors. Additionally, there will be support from multiple partners including, the Center for Student Diversity, Housing & Residence Life, College of Liberal Arts, Academic Advising Center, and Academic Achievement Center.
Would you be required to have a meal plan?
All on-campus residents are required to have a meal plan. In Newell Hall, you will need to select a meal plan with a minimum of 10 meals a week. For more information about Dining visit:
Rooms in Newell Hall vary between double and triples with either community bathrooms or shared suite bathrooms.
How much will it cost to live there?
The current Housing rate for Newell Hall for 2013-2014 is $3,028(per semester). Rates are likely to increase for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Is the one week residential experience prior to fall move in required?
The 40 freshman students selected to participate in the one week residential experience will be identified through an application process conducted by the SAGE Program in partnership with the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid.
What will it include?
College of Liberal Arts faculty will provide an introductory learning experience supplemented by co-curricular, developmental sessions offered by support staff. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the campus, meet faculty and staff, and develop relationships with upperclassmen peer mentors as well as other incoming freshmen.
Are there required classes for participation in the SAGE Community?
Up to 100 freshmen SAGE participants will enroll in a core group of classes designed to support the objectives of the SAGE Learning Community. English 102 will be the foundational class offered. Students will work with the Advising Center to select other classes offered by the College of Liberal Arts. Some of the choices include Philosophy 103 (Introduction to Ethics), Family Studies 201 (Family Resources), Sociology 101 (Introduction to Sociology), Anthropology 207 (Cultural Anthropology), and Women’s Studies 231 (Women in Perspective).
Can I have a roommate who is not in SAGE?
All members of the SAGE Community must also participate in the SAGE Program.
When was the SAGE Community established?
The overall SAGE Program was established in 1985. This new residential component of the program, the SAGE Community, will launch in the Fall of 2014 in Newell Hall.
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