As part of a Residential Curriculum program, students and staff volunteered to work on the Baja Secret Garden, a quiet study space for residents.

Residential Curriculum

RESIDENT STUDENT DEVELOPMENT is responsible for the well‐being and quality of life for 10,000 students living in the campus’ apartments and residence halls. The staff in this area live in the communities and facilitate social, academic and educational opportunities through utilization of a curricular approach. Staff connect directly with residents, provide campus resource referrals, and coordinate our Living Learning Communities.

About Our Residential Curriculum

Our Residential Curriculum model is a research-based and theoretically-grounded approach to creating learning environments outside of the classroom and feeds our most fundamental passions of connecting students to a place where they belong and helping students become the best versions of themselves. Our Residential Curriculum is based on the premise that a sequenced, intentional approach to student development that is rooted in the educational mission of UCSB will allow us to enrich the experience outside of the classroom for all students living in our communities. Professional staff design and implement a variety of intentional educational strategies focused on four main learning goals: Self-Exploration, Academic Success, Community Connections, and Global Engagement.

Learning Goals

self exploration


  • Residents will effectively interact and collaborate with others by gaining a deeper understanding of themselves.
academic success

Academic Success

  • Residents will obtain an education at UC Santa Barbara by living in an environment that supports and fosters their academic success.
community connections

Community Connections

  • Residents will feel a sense of belonging to a community that thrives on healthy interdependence.
global engagement

Global Engagement

  • Residents will build the capacity to contribute to the world.

Residential Curriculum tabling

Residential Curriculum tabling

Residential Curriculum tabling

Residential Curriculum tabling

Residential Curriculum tabling

Residential Curriculum tabling