In addition to academic emphasis on engaged learning, the Sharpe Community Scholars Program offers a living-learning experience. Sharpe scholars are required to live together in Spotswood Hall as participants.
Recent research (Pasque & Murphy, 2005) suggests that students stand to benefit from residence-based, academic programs, with positive outcomes in academic achievement and intellectual engagement. Additional benefits may include ease in transition from high school to college, engagement with faculty members or increased cognitive complexity.
A 2009 survey of Sharpe Scholars revealed that 64 percent of participant respondents (n=36) Agreed or Strongly Agreed that their involvement with Sharpe helped make their transition from high school to college smoother. Thirty-six percent (36%) of respondents reported that they interacted with faculty outside of class once or more each week, and 58 percent Agreed or Strongly Agreed that their involvement with Sharpe helped them to connect to the broader campus community.
Spotswood Hall (the Sharpe residence hall) is located in the Botetourt Complex of freshman housing. Detailed information is available on the Residence Life website.