Residence Life

Office of Residence Life
Bob Beyer
Assistant Director of Residence Life & Student Conduct
Heritage Hall
(440) 826-2381
(440) 826-3730 (fax)

Current SDLC Programs

362 Front - The Light House (exploring world religions)
372 Front - Fine Arts Community
378 Front - Career Orientation and Leadership
384 Front - Habitat for Humanity
28 East 5th - Bike Co-op
345 Beech - Women in Leadership

Student Directed Learning Community (SDLC)

Baldwin Wallace University currently offers six campus houses (four are pictured) for our students:


372 Front

384 Front

378 Front 362 Front


What is an SDLC?

SDLC, which stands for Student-Directed Learning Communities, is an option for upper class students to live in a house while still being on campus.  Groups of students can develop a themed educational purpose.

What is a themed educational purpose?

You and your desired housemates chose a themed educational purpose. The themed purpose can be a theme that is based around a common interest or major. Themes such as sustainability, arts and religion are just a few to be named. Each SDLC must develop an educational purpose - what you are hoping to learn from the experience or how you plan to enhance your education by living in an SDLC.  This is your mission statement of sorts.  Your purpose should be a short, broad statement that explains what the theme of the house will be and what you hope to achieve through the SDLC program.

For example, if the SDLC theme is "Pre-professional students," your purpose may be as follows:  The purpose of the Pre-professional house is to provide a support network for students living in the house which will help us achieve our academic goals, explore and apply for professional degree programs upon graduation from BW, and network in our respective fields.

What types of themes can my group use?

The possibilities for different themes are endless. Examples include( but not limited to) sustainability, religious groups, musical theater, different languages, student organizations and much more! 

How do I apply?

The 2014-2015 SDLC application can be found here.  

Contact Information:

With questions regarding the SDLC program, please contact Bob Beyer, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at or by phone at 440.826.2114.  


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