Agriculture Community

About the Agriculture Residential College

The Agriculture Residential College is a unique opportunity for students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to live and learn together. Students in the AgRC will learn about the value and impact agriculture, food and the environment have on the foundation of our civilization. In addition, through programs, field trips, and faculty interaction both inside and outside of the classroom, students will explore the various careers related to their majors.

Student Profile

The Agricultural Residential College is looking for first year students who are highly motivated and interested in becoming leaders in the local and global community. The Agriculture Residential College (AgRC) is open to students pursuing a major within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Majors include:

  • Agricultural & Medical Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Career & Technical Education
  • Community & Leadership Development
  • Dietetics
  • Entomology
  • Equine Science & Management
  • Family Science
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture, Plant & Soil Science
  • Hospitality Management & Tourism
  • Human Nutrition
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles
  • Modern Agronomic Crop Production
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Pre-Veterinary Program (this is not a degree program)
  • Undeclared/Exploratory in Ag

Learning Outcomes

Through participation in the Agriculture Residential College, a student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the connections between various majors in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of the agricultural field through interaction with college administration, faculty, staff, fellow students and other community-related activities.
  • Learn the importance of networking and social responsibility to develop on a personal and professional level.
  • Achieve a high level of academic engagement as indicated through GPA, retention rate, and graduation rate.


All students who participate in AgRC will reside in Woodland Glen IV located in the south campus neighborhood.

Connected Courses

IIn the fall semester, students participating in the AgRC are required to enroll in a corresponding section of GEN 100: Issues in Agriculture, Food and Environment. This is an introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. In the spring semester, students will enroll in GEN 109: Designing Your Success. This course is designed to introduce students to concepts and approaches that will assist them in the career decision making process. Through exercises focused on self- awareness, career exploration, and past experiences, students will be more prepared to imagine future career possibilities.


Beyond the residential and academic experience, students who enroll in the AgRC can expect to participate in programs such as:

  • BBQ & Bonfire: includes a tour of the organic farming area on the Horticulture Research Farm and networking opportunities with faculty in the Sustainable Agriculture major
  • International AG Night-highlights agriculture and food in different countries; students prepare a presentation on agriculture in their chosen country as well as associated foods
  • And much more!!!!

Additional Information

For additional information about the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, please check out the following link or contact:

Megan E. Tennison, M.S.
Academic Living and Learning Success Coordinator, Agriculture Residential College
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
University of Kentucky
440 Hilltop Ave. Office 214
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Phone: (859) 323-4395