Special Living Options

Special Living Options

Living & Learning Communities

Introduced in 1999, the Special Learning Option (SLO) program at Penn State Berks is designed to provide a variety of learning opportunities for our students. The experience offers an innovative living and learning environment for residence hall students. Each area focuses on a particular theme and enhances students' out-of-classroom experience with opportunities for them to interact with faculty, staff, and other students. Students who are involved are afforded additional leadership, educational, and social opportunities.

Greenhouse Option

Located on the 2nd floor of Oakmoss Hall, The Greenhouse Special Living Option (Greenhouse-SLO) is a selective opportunity to take an active role in engaging yourself in life at Penn State Berks through the lens of sustainability. Greenhouse SLO seeks to enhance your knowledge of living a sustainable lifestyle and develop a purposeful group of community members.

Healthy Living & Health Sciences Option

Located on the 4th floor of Ivy House, The Healthy Living and Health Science SLO unites students from many majors for an interdisciplinary learning experience grounded by HEALTH and YOU. The HLHS community provides students an opportunity to become engaged in all aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while bringing together a variety of interests in health sciences. Students will experience programs that provide insight into a number of dimensions of healthy living, including physical activity, mental wellness, financial wellness, and spiritual wellness and learn about the diverse career options in medicine and health related fields.

Discover House

Located on 1st floor of Greenbrier Hall, Discover House is a living-learning community for first and second year students. This SLO is purposefully designed program focused on supporting students in making a successful academic and social transition to Penn State Berks. Students who participate in Discover House have increased connections with faculty and staff, opportunities to attend events that pertain directly to academic major exploration, and maximize their opportunities on campus through leadership development activities.

Note: This SLO is open for first and second year students ONLY.

If you have any questions regarding Special Learning Options at Penn State Berks, please call 610-396-6290.