residential communities

Our Mission

The College of Letters and Sciences (CLS) Residential Colleges strive to develop diverse and holistically supportive communities for first-year students by creating a residential environment that instills pride, identity and empowerment through students’ major and career exploration while increasing awareness for their campus and community. CLS students consist of ASU Exploratory students at all campuses, and Letters and Sciences declared majors at the Polytechnic and Downtown campuses.

  • The CLS Residential Communities allow first-year exploratory students to live together in a designated floor or building of a residence hall, providing students with academic and social support in their transition from high school to college through intentional academic programming.
  • All first-time freshman CLS students living on campus are required to participate in the Explorers Residential Communities.
  • CLS has three residential communities:

Learning Outcomes/Goals

Students will:

  • Actively engage in a holistically supportive exploratory residential community experience.
  • Have access to over 104 intentional programs throughout the year put on by the Peer Ambassador staff.
  • Be aware and utilize campus exploration and academic support resources.
  • Demonstrate an understanding for institutional policies and processes.
  • Have the knowledge and resources necessary to declare a major as soon as they are individually ready.
  • Gain a sense of pride and identity while feeling empowered throughout their individual dynamic career and major journey.

To Become A CLS Residential Communities Resident

  • Update your University Housing Preferences to indicate your community choice as University Explorers online.


  • Attend ASU Orientation.
  • Attend the Explorers Welcome Meeting and Social (first week of classes fall semester). You will receive specific instructions regarding these requirements once accepted to the CLS Residential Communities.

In-Hall Amenities in the Sonora Residential Community

Sonora is home to the College of Letters and Sciences first-time freshmen on the Tempe campus. Our residence hall offers many resources to support you during you first year at Arizona State University.
  • Advising: Our exploratory advisors offer in-hall advising hours Tuesday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm. This provides you easy access to your advisor a few times each week.
  • Health Services: There is a branch of the health center located in our residence hall. You can make appointments and be seen by a health professional within your hall.
  • Tutoring Center: On the first floor within the lounge, there is a tutoring center. This center is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 11pm and offers a wide array of subjects. No need to make an appointment, you are welcome to drop-in whenever you need help. This service is free for students. For more information, you can reach the center at 480-727-4437
  • Success Coaching: Once a week, our first-year success coaches are in Sonora conducting meetings. You can make an appointment or just drop-in. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. What are the CLS Residential Communities?
    The CLS Residential Communities are an opportunity for students admitted to an exploratory major track, or a CLS declared major, to live on campus exclusively with other first-year students (either in the same building or floor). Support services and programs are provided in the students’ residence to assist students with their transition to the university and their major and career exploration.
  2. As a CLS student, am I required to live in a CLS Residential Communities?
    Any first-year CLS student who applies for housing at the Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, or Polytechnic campuses will be placed in the CLS Residential Communities. 
  3. Why would I want to live in an Explorers Residential Communities?
    The CLS Residential Communities provide students with an intimate ASU community experience where they can provide and receive support from their peers who are also exploring their major and career options, or have declared a CLS major at the Downtown Phoenix or Polytechnic campus. Students who actively participate in the CLS Residential Communities will be well equipped for success at ASU academically and in deciding on the major they intend to graduate with.
  4. Who gets to live in the CLS Residential Communities? How is it decided?
    All first-year CLS students on the Tempe, Polytechnic and Downtown Phoenix campuses who apply for housing are automatically placed in the residential communities. 
  5. When will I know that I am in the CLS Residential Communities?
    After your housing application and CLS Residential Community is requested and properly submitted, housing assignments will be assigned by mid-spring each year. Please visit University Housing for more information.
  6. If I begin as an exploratory student and then declare a major do I have to move?
    No. Once you have declared your major, we encourage you to remain an active member of the CLS Residential Communities and to assist your peers in their exploration. Students can only be removed from the residential communities if they violate University Housing Policies or the Student Code of Conduct.


Ashley R. White, College of Letters and Sciences Residential Community Coordinator, Sonora Center,, phone 480-965-9503.