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Engineering Residential College

The Engineering Residential College (ERC) is a living-learning community dedicated to developing the next generation of engineers, construction managers, and computer scientists, who will face the technical challenges of a global economy. ERC's primary goal  is to foster a positive academic environment in order to jump start students’ professional development.

First-year students with a declared major in the College of Engineering can enjoy this active community in the newly constructed Camellia Hall on the east side of campus.

In addition to being a part of the on campus and Camellia Hall communities, students in the Engineering 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 ERC, creating a smaller network within the larger LSU campus
  • Have priority course scheduling
  • Network with faculty members and college administrators
  • Access to faculty during office hours held in the community
  • Offers academic programs and regularly-scheduled evening Supplemental Instruction in math, physics, and chemistry
  • Attend corporate-sponsored events aimed at exposing students to internships, Co-Ops, and engineering, construction management, and computer science careers
  • Access to in-community tutoring and faculty office hours

Requirements and Eligibility

To participate in the Engineering Residential College, students must:

  • Be a first-year student with a declared major in the College of Engineering – biological, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, or petroleum engineering, construction management, computer science, or engineering undecided
  • ACT/SAT scores and ALEKS scores will be used to determine math course placement
  • Enroll in at least two courses offered through ERC in both the fall and spring semesters
    • Contact Arlyn Saucier, academic counselor, at or 225-578-5731 for scheduling assistance
  • See the complete list of requirements here. 

Application and Room Assignments

  • Eligible students should select the Engineering Residential College as their housing preference on the housing application.
  • Residential College staff reviews the applications for eligibility as they are received and notifies residents of their acceptance into the program throughout the spring.
  • ERC residents can search for potential roommates in the online housing portal in March and will begin making room selections in May.
  • For housing application and room assignment information, please contact Housing at 225-578-8663.
  • For Engineering Residential College eligibility information, please contact ERC staff listed below. 

Camellia Hall

Camellia Hall is one of the newest residence halls on campus and provides everything students need to be successful: offices where faculty advisors hold office hours, a classroom in the building, multiple study spaces, and a great location.


ERC Rector Mark Rabalais

Mark Rabalais
Engineering Residential College
Faculty Rector

Residence Coordinator Joanne Cheng

Joanne Cheng
Residence Coordinator