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Second Year Residential Initiative (S.Y.R.I)

SYRI Special Interest Group

Residence Hall: University Place

The Second Year Residential Initiative or S.Y.R.I. is a Residential Community Cluster designed to address the needs of second year students.  National research has shown that second year students experience their own unique challenges in terms of academics, social interactions with peers, and developing an awareness of who they are as individuals.  S.Y.R.I. has been created to help second year students be better prepared to deal with these challenges as well enhance their overall college experience. 


All students in SYRI are required to live in the SYRI community in University Place, and must complete all program requirements to keep their single assignment.

Each SYRI participant will be assigned a Mentor as part of the SYRI Mentor/Mentee Program.

  • Your Mentor will be a member of the KU community who is serving in the capacity of an administrator or faculty member at the university.
  • The purpose of the program is to provide students with an opportunity to make a connection and build relationships with the staff and faculty on our campus.
  • To assist in the building of a relationship between the Mentor and the Mentee, the pair will be asked to meet twice a semester. These meetings are to be informal and can be something as simple as grabbing a coffee at Starbucks.
  • A social will be held during the beginning of the fall semester to kick off the Mentor /Mentee relationship. SYRI participants, unless they have class, are expected to attend.
  • The Mentee is expected to keep in contact with the Mentor and respond to all emails sent by the Mentor.


  • A dual faceted programming series have been created for SYRI. The two programming tracks will be "Real World 101" and "Making KU Connections."
  • "Real World 101" is a set of programs geared towards the growth and development of second year students. National research has identified several universal obstacles that second year student's face. The Real World 101 series addresses many of these issues.
  • "Making KU Connections" is a lighter series that offers the staff and faculty at KU the chance to come in and present on a topic of their interest. Individuals from the campus community can come in and present on their hobbies, pet projects etc. Tasty Tuesday Topics is designed to give students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to connect on a different level.
  • Students in SYRI are required 2 programs from each series a semester.

Service Learning

  • As a program, the SYRI students will work collectively to research and identify one philanthropic initiative that the group will support for the academic year.
  • As part of their commitment to their philanthropy, they will raise awareness for the organization. This can be done via programming, social media, etc.
  • The students will also provide hands on support for the organization they choose to take on.
  • Students in SYRI are required to commit 10 hours a semester to the group's service initiatives.

SYRI Meetings

  • Students in the SYRI program are required to attend SYRI meetings bi-weekly.
  • The meetings last about 45 minutes. Attendance is mandatory. Request for absences must be made in writing 48 hours in advance.
  • A meeting day and time will be determined during the start of the semester.

Students participating in the Second Year Residential Initiative will:

  • Live with other second year students with whom they can form connections and share experiences.
  • Be guaranteed a single room in University Place Have access to a common living room/ kitchen area to serve as a private study area/social gathering spot.
  • Have the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff outside of the classroom and office setting through programming, and the S.Y.R.I. Mentor/Mentee Program.
  • Participate in two programming tracks that have been tailored specifically to the needs of second year students.
  • Engage in service learning opportunities that are interactive and selected by the students within the S.Y.R.I. program.
  • Develop their leadership skills and gain many transferable life skills.
  • Feel more connected to the University.

How to Apply:

Interested students should complete a Living Learning Community/Special Interest Group Application.  


This community is currently closed.

Anyone interested in hearing more about the program or if you have any questions, please contact the Residence Life Office at

Updated: 2/20/18/MGM