SAGE Community

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 (CSD), Housing & Residence Life, College of Liberal Arts, Academic Advising Center, and Academic Achievement Center.

  • Dedicated support for tutoring and academic advising
  • SAGE Mentors living within the community
  • Additional programming in collaboration with the Center for Student Diversity
  • Move in 1 week early to participate in pre-orientation experience
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: Applications will be available in Spring 2015. You must be a SAGE Mentor for 2015-2016 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 two Resident Assistants and multiple SAGE Mentors.  Additionally, there will be support from multiple partners including,  the Center for Student Diversity, College of Liberal Arts, Academic Advising Center, and Academic Achievement Center, and Housing and Residence Life.

Is the one week residential experience prior to fall move in required?  What will it include?

All students selected for the SAGE Community will be required to participate in the one week residential experience prior to move in.

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, and 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)
    • Women’s Studies 231 (Women in Perspective)
How many roommates would I have?

Rooms vary between double and triples with either community bathrooms or shared suite bathrooms.

Can I have a roommate who is not in SAGE?

All members of the SAGE Community must also participate in the SAGE Program. 

How do I make a special accommodation request?

Through the online housing request process there will be an opportunity to complete a special accommodation request.

When was the SAGE Community established?

The SAGE Community was established in Fall 2014 in Newell Hall.

meet your ra

Kelsey Yates
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Interests and Hobbies:Traveling, spending time with family, shopping, and reading.

What do you enjoy most about your Residential Learning Community?: I love the support and sense of community that they built from day one. We really do feel like a strong, close-knit family.

Interests and Hobbies: Fashion, art, animals and photography

What do you enjoy most about your Residential Learning Community?: I enjoy the diversity and the team spirit of my Residential Learning Community. I also love how all the residents have grown to love each other and how they bond they share is noticed and envied from other floors, residents, and students in general.

Interests and Hobbies: Acting, singing, dancing, and movies.

What do you enjoy most about your Residential Learning Community?: I also love my Residential Learning community because they are very smart and responsible independent students who live alcohol free like I do. I enjoy our video game nights and study sessions in the common room.

Interests and Hobbies: I enjoy playing ultimate Frisbee, making music with friends, longboarding, and going on beach trips!

What do you enjoy most about your Residential Learning Community?:I enjoy working with the Alcohol-Free Community because I get to interact with enthusiastic residents that are excited to learn about Towson and all the resources available to them.

Additional Housing and Residence Life FAQs can be found in the link below:

For Additional Questions please contact Bryan Schlein at RLCommunities@towson.edu

Department of Housing & Residence Life
West Village Commons, 3rd Floor(map)
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2516
Fax: 410-704-4228
E-mail: housing@towson.edu

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