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Agriculture Residential College

The Agriculture Residential College (ARC), located in popular Blake Hall, is a living-learning community for first-year students majoring in the College of Agriculture. ARC helps students discover leadership potential, develop communication skills and transition into the university environment through actively engaging in one of several ARC academic tracks, based on their major to focus their involvement and gain hands-on skills.

Tracks change to meet the needs of the students, but can include various animal tracks, a sustainability track and a food, fitness, and fashion track. Through these tracks students will interact with various College of Agriculture faculty and administrators to truly make their first year a living-learning experience and ensure success from day one. 

In addition to being a part of the on campus community and Blake Hall community, students in the Agriculture Residential College also benefit from these unique opportunities provided in this living-learning community:

  • Live and take classes, sometimes in the res halls in the community, with their peers in ARC, creating a smaller network within the larger LSU campus.
  • Have priority course scheduling
  • Attend several off-campus agricultural related field trips
  • Hear from industry leaders at several special-interest lectures and engage in hands-on activities that focus on the diverse needs of today’s diverse agriculture industry
  • Network with faculty members and college administrators
  • Access to in-community tutoring and faculty office hours 

Requirements and Eligibility

To participate in the Agriculture Residential College in Blake Hall, students must:

  • Be a first-year student with a declared major in the College of Agriculture
  • Enroll in the AGRI 1500 Residential College experience course in the fall and spring semester, scheduled for every Monday from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm to provide students with opportunities for programming, specialized lectures, tours, and lab experiences
  • Enroll in the AGRI 1001 Introduction to Agriculture course in the fall semester, a one-hour class designed to orient all new students to the College of Agriculture
  • Enroll in at least one reserved section for ARC students in general education course options
  • See the complete list of requirements here. 


Application and Room Assignments

  • Eligible students should select the Agriculture Residential College as their housing preference when submitting the housing contract
  • ARC residents can search for potential roommates in the online housing portal beginning in March in preparation for room selections.
  • For housing application and room assignment information, please contact Housing at 225-578-8663.
  • For Agriculture Residential College eligibility information, please contact ARC staff listed below. 


Blake Hall

Blake Hall provides everything students need to be successful: offices where College of Agriculture faculty and advisors hold office hours, a classroom in the lobby, multiple study spaces, modern two-student, rooms with either suite-style bathrooms or community-style bathrooms in a renovated residence hall, and a great location between Campus Lake and the 459 Commons dining hall. 




ARC Co-Director Allie Prest

Allie Prest
ARC Co-Director/Assistant Dean- Student Services
College of Agriculture

ARC Co-Director Amanda Ferguson

Amanda Ferguson
ARC Co-Director/Coordinator of Recruitment and Student Engagement
College of Agriculture

ARC Advisor Jennie Sparks

Jennie Sparks
ARC Academic Counselor
College of Agriculture

Residence Coordinator Nico Smith

Nico Smith
Residence Coordinator