Seton Hall University
Students playing pool in Xavier Hall.

Themed Communities

Seton Hall University offers several formalized Themed Communities for students within our residence halls:

First-year students:

  • Brothers, Living, and Ascending in Community and Knowledge (BLACK)
  • Queens Unapologetically Education, Empowered, and Noble (Q.U.E.E.N.)

Upper-class students:

  • Sophomore Discovery Program

If you wish to apply to live in one of the communities be sure you pay a housing deposit, submit a housing application, and submit a themed community application by the deadline.


B.L.A.C.K, one of the Living Learning Communities available, stands for "Brothers, Living & Ascending through Community and Knowledge." In this community, black male students have a space to live and engage each other and the university with the goal of enhancing their experience, knowledge, and understanding of what it means to thrive as a black male at a predominantly white institution (PWI). 

While in the community exists a set of learning outcomes and goals for participants to achieve during the program. These goals include learning to support each other and strengthen their connection to the Seton Hall campus, to obtain premier leadership opportunities, and to become the model student ambassador to the campus community. Participants of B.L.A.C.K will also engage in community service through partnership with local entities and maintain good academic standing, through engagement in campus resources. For more information on the B.L.A.C.K thematic living community. Please contact Assistant Vice President for Student Services Winston Roberts, and/or Director of RISE Brandon Larmore,


  • Register as a full-time student (minimum 12 credits) 
  • Participants must be incoming first-year students  


  • BLACK participants will be placed in a specific University Life & Journey of Transformation (CORE 1001 & CORE 1101) 
  • Participants will also engage in community service totaling 15 hours (minimum 10 in the Fall; 5 in the Spring) 
  • Participants will engage in structured and organic social activities curated for BLACK members 
  • Participants will be paired with an academic coach to help guide them throughout their undergraduate experience 
  • Participants will be prepped and encouraged to apply for campus leadership positions 

Applicant Guidelines 

  • This program is first come, first serve 
  • Applicants must pay a housing deposit and submit a completed housing application before applying 
  • Applicants must submit a completed program application by June 5th 
  • Applicants who are not admitted into the program are able to participate in various opportunities 


Queens Unapologetically Education, Empowered, and Noble, or Q.U.E.E.N is a Living Learning Community designed to foster sisterhood and a sense of belonging among Black women at Seton Hall University. Participants will be encouraged to authentically embrace their identity while cultivating skills that will prepare them to be campus, community, and global leaders. Q.U.E.E.N creates community and sisterhood through three pillars of civic and social engagement, academic excellence, and mentorship. Through collaboration with various student groups on campus, members will have the opportunity to volunteer and impact the local community. 

Members will participate in socially enriched activities and programs that will embrace lived experiences, challenge perceptions, and provide opportunities for networking. Members will also be provided with resources and tools to support academic excellence as well as connecting to peer and professional mentors during their freshman year. If you are interested in participating in this Living Learning Community for fall 2021, please contact Akirah Fenimore or Jasmine Boddie for more information. 

Sophomore Discovery Program (SDP)

The Sophomore Discovery Program (SDP) is housed on the second floor of Xavier Hall Tower and consists of approximately 25 residential students. The SDP is the Housing and Residence Life initiative to bridge the gap between the first-year residential program and the upperclassmen residential area of residence life. The SDP provides tailored programming efforts and deliberate one-on-one interactions with paraprofessional and professional staff to strengthen sophomore students' connection to the Seton Hall community, plan for their future, and develop into the best they can be..

Application Guidelines

  • Applicants must currently be a first-year student at Seton Hall, and must be classified as sophomore student during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  •  Applicants must submit a housing deposit of $325.00 and by March 6.
  • Applicants must submit the SDP form via eRez by April 24. Any questions should be sent to
  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the SDP program by April 27th.
  • Candidates must confirm their interest or they will forfeit their spot.
  • Please note: Members of the SDP may only room with other members of the SDP.
  • All members of the SDP must attend an SDP Meet and Greet (Date TBD.)

*Some dates may be subject to change.

Program Terms and Conditions
All students who live on the SDP floor must attend at least one SDP program per month. SDP participants are expected to be present at all floor events such as floor meetings and community activities. HRL reserves the right to reassign your housing if you fail to adhere to the program guidelines and requirements.

Please complete all requested information:

Personal Information

  • First name
  • Last name
  • SHU ID
  • Gender (M/F/Do Not Chose To Disclose)
  • Current major
  • Cumulative GPA


  • What inspired you to shoot for your spot in SDP?
  • What campus activities/clubs are you currently involved with? What do you hope to be involved in next year?
  • What do you expect to contribute to the SDP community and how will you accomplish this?
  • What is one thing that you want to work on improving throughout your sophomore year?