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Learning Community FAQs

Learning Communities


What is a learning Community?

A Learning Community is a group of students that share a common interest or major who move together through courses around a common theme.

What are the benefits of joining a Learning Community?

Students in a Learning Community can expect to participate in unique course offerings that, in combination, can help build a stronger understanding of a topic than would have been gleaned through typical coursework. Learning Communities may also include co-curricular activities, such as overnight trips, volunteer work, or overseas travel. Students can expect the opportunity to build relationships with fellow students in these smaller classes.

What else is required of Learning Community students?

You decide how involved you want to be in your learning community. The only requirement is that you take the courses designated for your learning community, but to take full advantage of the program, you can take this opportunity to meet other students, form study groups, participate in programs, attend special events, and get to know faculty members.

Is there any additional costs with being a Learning Community student?

Some Learning Communities will have an additional cost, typically associated with off-campus travel. Please make sure you read the desired Learning Community description and requirements closely.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact Richard Gamble at with your questions.

Additional Opportunities


L.E.A.R.N.™ is a  program that invites science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students to participate in a research apprenticeship experience in their first year. 


WHEE Teach LLC is designed for education students who live, learn, and socialize together on campus throughout their first year experience.  

Residential Living

The Department of Residential Living offers a variety of programs and events specifically designed to promote student success. In partnership with faculty and staff from across campus, Residential Living provides regular study halls, academic workshops, and a variety of involvement and social activities.

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