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Living Learning Communities

Seton Hall University offers several formalized Living Learning Communities for upper class students within our residence halls:

  • Turrell Manor Servant Leadership and Academic Excellence Program
  • Sophomore Discovery Program.

If you wish to apply to live in one of them, be sure you have submitted a $325 non-refundable housing deposit, completed the housing application, and submit a Living Learning Communities application by no later than February 28. 

Turrell Manor Servant Leadership & Academic Excellence Program

Turrell Manor is a unique living and learning community. It is home to 83 upper class students who are committed to academic excellence and servant leadership as a means of building a vibrant community. The Turrell Manor experience is one that nurtures and aids students during their transition period from college into the world after graduation. This living experience provides a focus for out-of-class learning through programming that integrates intellectual stimulation, dedication to service, and social interaction in a community living environment.

Qualifications for Acceptance into the Program

  • HRL Housing Application: Applicants must submit a housing deposit of $325 and a HRL Housing Application by the deadline. Applicants must also complete the Living Learning Communities Application and answer all the questions by the application deadline.
  • Credit Requirement: Applicants must have 30 credits earned before the 1st day of the semester for which you are applying.
  • GPA Requirement: A 3.0 cumulative GPA must be earned at the time of application and maintained during residency.
  • Community Service Requirement: Applicants must agree to participate in a minimum of 25 hours of community service each semester and provide documentation of such service.
  • Resume: Applicants must submit a resume along with the application. Resumes must highlight involvement in campus activities, clubs, service activities and other interests.
  • References: Applicants must submit the name and contact information of a reference. References must be faculty or administrators of SHU.

All residents must sign and abide by the Turrell Manor Servant Leadership and Academic Excellence Program Commitment.

Turrell Manor Apartment Information

  • Off-campus residence address: 384 Turrell Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079
  • Apartment-style housing: One, two or three bedrooms options with a kitchen/kitchenette, bathroom with tub and living room.
    *Apartments are each uniquely structured. Attending the Turrell Open House is strongly encouraged in order to better understand Turrell Manor's distinct and individualized housing layout as well as to find your perfect fit. Single occupancy apartment options are available.
  • Apartment furnishings: bed, closet or wardrobe and dresser or wardrobe/dresser combo for each resident. Each apartment also includes a dining set, living room furniture, including a desk and desk chair. *Note: Due to apartment sizes and fire regulations, some apartments may not include a desk and desk chair for each resident. Please contact the Residence Hall Director with specific questions.

Full-size refrigerator and microwave provided in each apartment. Residents are not required to purchase a meal plan but may opt for the any meal plan is they desire.  All amenities such as electricity, local phone, cable and internet included in Housing rate. No Ethernet ports available.

Smoking is not permitted inside of the apartment building or on the fire escapes.
Break housing available through registration as well as summer housing option available.

Terms and Conditions

  • Contract Information: Turrell Manor Apartment plans are designed as a 12-month license agreement with the summer months at significant savings. However, residents have the option of applying for a release of housing license for the summer.
  • GPA Requirement: All residents must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to reside in Turrell Manor. GPAs will be checked each semester. If a resident's cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0, the resident will be required to leave residence unless they apply for an exception, and will be required to develop a plan to improve their academics. If a resident is granted an exception, he/she will have one semester to bring their GPA back to a 3.0. Residents will only be granted one opportunity to apply for an exception. Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to deny exception requests.
  • Service Requirements: Residents are required to participate in 25 hours of community service each semester. The housing staff will collaborate with multiple departments and units on campus to plan and implement on-going community service projects for residents. Residents will have the opportunity to earn community service hours on their own with the pre-approval of the Residence Hall Director and DOVE. Turrell Manor residents will be asked to sign a "Program Commitment" form with more information and details on agreements and fulfillment of requirements. We reserve the right to cancel an assignment in Turrell Manor due to non-fulfillment of the program commitment and require the student to vacate the room within two calendar days, or as otherwise stated in writing by the University.
  • Other Requirements: Residents will be expected to participate in the Turrell Manor community by attending monthly floor meetings, community builders and other programs provided by the residence life staff. Applicants must also be in good judicial standing at the time of the application in order to be considered. If a resident is placed on University Probation or higher sanction while living in Turrell Manor his/her lease will be terminated.

To apply for any of these Living Learning Communities, click here.

Sophomore Discovery Program (SDP)

The Sophomore Discovery Program (SDP) is housed on the third floor of Xavier Hall Tower and consists of approximately 35 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 2019 - 2020 academic year.
  •  Applicants must submit a housing deposit of $325.00 and by February 28th, 2019.
  • Applicants must answer the below questions (a few sentences each) and submit their responses by February 28th, 2019. Responses should be sent to
  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the SDP program on March 12th, 2018
  • Candidates must confirm their interest by March 18th, 2019 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.)
  • All members of the SDP must participate in a specialized lottery on April 25th, 2019 to choose their placement on the Xavier Hall 3rd floor tower.

*Some dates my 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:                     Cum 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?

Apply for the Sophomore Discovery Program »

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