Vice President for Student Life Dr. Timothy Sams and the Division of Student Life invite you to design a graphic identity for the CLASS initiative. CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students) is designed to provide support and co-curricular opportunities for undergraduate students.
Utilizing CLASS, students are able to connect to a network of faculty, staff, and other students who lend support and guidance to build a strong community of learners as they develop to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Designs will be judged by a committee of staff, faculty, students, and outside designers and will be used in CLASS related internal publications and designs. The team that designs the winning identity will receive a Student Life package with contributions from each of the offices of student life.
College is a time of transition, and with transitions come challenges. The rates at which students adjust to academic demands or integrate into social groupings can vary widely, and so here at Rensselaer we have put unto place a program that will help you meet the challenges ahead. That program, designed to foster personal growth and cohesive community, is called CLASS (Cluster Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students)—a comprehensive approach to student life that comprises all aspects of campus culture, within a residential college model.
CLASS is built upon two main platforms: our residential clustering model, which makes for an exceptional campus living experience, and time-based clustering, which begins with the First-Year Experience and continues with similar yet developmental experiences throughout the next three years.
These models create overlapping support on multiple fronts, build life and professional skills, and foster a deeper appreciation of the global community.
If you are like most students, your first priority is your academic success at Rensselaer. A close second may be your personal life—family, friends, activities, and more. To reach your goals and have the kind of college experience that you want, you need to have a living situation that meets your needs. For the majority of students that means living on campus. Rensselaer frames its residential experience so that it can be as enjoyable and productive as possible. Clusters of residence halls, called residential commons, are a central feature of CLASS and the Residential Life experience.
As with residential clustering, Rensselaer has introduced time-clustering in order to support the personal and academic needs of its students over the four years they are on campus. Each class will be supported by a team of Commons Assistant Deans, upper-class and graduate student staff, faculty residential commons deans, and a Class Dean. This will ensure that every student has someone to turn to for help, and receives the best individual counseling, mentoring, and personal attention.
A Network of Support
CLASS involves the entire Division of Student Life working to challenge and engage you as you move to higher plateaus of success. Through CLASS, you will connect with many individuals and offices who are here to help you.
Six Key Growth Areas
Personal DevelopmentIdentify your interests and mature in your values.
Professional DevelopmentExpand your profile by pursuing out-of-the-classroom experiences.
Leadership DevelopmentCultivate your individual leadership style
Cultural DevelopmentGrow through electronic media and the arts
CommunityBe a contributing citizen and make an impact.
CommuniversityBe a good neighbor and support the City of Troy and Rensselaer County.
STUDENT LIFE PACKAGE CONTENTS
Hospitality gift cards to be used at campus dining locations
Pick a meal to be served in the dining halls for dinner
Meal at favorite restaurant downtown
Meet the hockey players and Coach Seth Appert at complimentary game
OFFICE OF FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE
Team lunch with corporate guests
$100 gift card to the Union bookstore
A free copy of the transit for each team member
Early registration vouchers for the next registration period