What is Special Interest Housing? 

Through Special Interest Housing you’ll become a part of a community of students who share either your academic interest or similar experiences. Each community shares a floor or lives within the same building and participates in events built around the community theme. So, imagine a fully immersive college experience where you share not only living spaces with your neighbors but also common interests like academic majors, professional ambitions, or life experiences.

Benefits of Living in a Special Interest Housing Community

According to Shapiro and Levine, research shows that students in living and learning communities better comprehend academic material have improved interpersonal and critical thinking skills, and a stronger connection with faculty members and the institution. So, what can you expect when living in a Special Interest Housing community?

  • You’ll attend events organized specifically for your community. 
  • Meet other students with shared special interests. 
  • Live in a supportive environment where friendships thrive. 
  • New students experience a smoother transition to college. 
  • Connect with faculty and staff outside the classroom.  
  • Academic community members can take advantage of community study group opportunities. 
  • Establish a professional network of community members, faculty, staff, and visiting professionals.  

With the help of faculty, staff, and Residence Life, each community is designed to improve engagement through social programming around community themes and provide access to resources that will aid in your academic and personal success.

To apply to a Special Interest Housing community, complete the Special Interest Housing Application when completing the housing contract. An application is required for all Special Interest Housing communities and must be approved before requesting a room in the community.

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Office of Residence Life 
(573) 651-2274  
learningcommunities@semo.edu 

Special Interest Housing Communities

A view a branded banner outside of Vandiver Hall on Move-in Day.

The Gender Inclusive Community provides a housing option tailored for students that identify as LGBTQ+, are questioning their gender identify, are more comfortable living with someone who is not the same biological and/or legal sex, and for those whom same biological/legal sex room assignments may not be ideal. Gender Inclusive Housing supports Southeast’s Nondiscrimination Policy.

  • Location: Vandiver Hall 
  • Type: Inclusive and voluntary community 
  • Additional application required 

Learn more about the Gender Inclusive Community.

A student wearing a U.S. Army uniform catches up with another student in a dorm room. 

The Military and Veterans community is a campus housing environment designed for Show Me GoldAir Force ROTCenlisted military, and/or veteran students. This community promotes engagement and personal growth at Southeast. In the Military and Veterans Community, you’ll find yourself surrounded by students with similar experiences, but with diverse academic goals and interests.  

  • Location: Vandiver Hall 
  • Residents: First-year and returning students 

A resident in the Pet-Friendly Community sits and reads with his dog on his lap in Myers Hall. 

We get it, your pet is a part of your family. Apply for the opportunity to bring your four-legged furry (or scaly) friend with you to campus. 

  • Location: Myers Hall 
  • Residents: First-year and returning students 
  • Additional application required 

Learn more about Pet Friendly Housing.

Academic Living & Learning Communities

An animal science major smiles as she brushes a cow with the help of a classmate at Barton Farm. 

In the Agriculture Community, you’ll engage with students and faculty with similar interests and take part in programs and events that are specifically catered to students with an agriculture-related major.  

  • Majors: Any Major within the Department of Agriculture
  • Location: LaFerla Hall 
  • Residents: First-year and returning students 
  • Community members may have classes together 

An art major works on a charcoal drawing in class. 

As a resident of the Arts & Media Collective you’ll enjoy a creative environment built to support your career interests. Plus, you’ll interact with faculty in your major through programs and events held right in the residence hall.  

  • Majors: Holland College of Arts and Media 
  • Location: Towers East 
  • Residents: First-year and returning students 

A business major writes an idea on a board during the Redhawks Blue Hack. 

In the Business Learning Community, you will have access to informal programs and special events with faculty and staff throughout the year. Activities are designs to better prepared you for the next steps in your career like internships, externships, and entering the workforce. 

  • Majors: Any Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) within the Harrison College of Business and Computing 
  • Location: LaFerla Hall 
  • Residents: First-year students 
  • Limitations: 28 students max 
  • Community members may have classes together

A computer science major works on her laptop in the Cyber Range at Dempster Hall.  

As a member of the CyberHawks Learning Community, you will have the opportunity to engage in faculty-led computer science related programing throughout the year. 

Students inspect a circuit board in class at the Polytechnic building. 

Connect with students and faculty with similar interests by joining the Cybersecurity, Computer Science, and Engineering Community. As a member, you’ll take part in unique opportunities related to your area of study.  

  • Majors:  
  • Residents: Returning students 
  • Engineering, Industrial Education, and other technology majors  
  • Residents: First-year and returning students 
  • Location: LaFerla Hall

Nursing majors work on a moderate fidelity mannequin in the Simulation Lab in Crisp Hall. 

Are you a future medical professional? This community was designed for you. As a member, you’ll participate in organized activities and collaborate with faculty and healthcare professionals.  

  • Majors: Nursing, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, or Healthcare Management  
  • Location: Vandiver Hall 
  • Residents: First-year and returning students 

Students play chess in the Jane Stephens Honors Program Honors House. 

The Honors Learning Community is designed specifically for students in the Jane Stephens Honors Program. Enrich your academic experience through faculty involvement, field trips, community service projects, and fun scholarly events. 

  • Major: Any 
  • Location: LaFerla Hall 
  • Residents: First-year and returning Honors students  
  • Requirement: Jane Stephens Honors Program acceptance

New for the Fall 2022, the Professional Pilot Community is designed specifically to support the students in one of Southeast’s newest programs.  Students will be able to engage with each other, instructors, and staff with dedicated and specific activities.  

  • Major: Professional Pilot
  • Location: Vandiver Hall
  • Residents: First-year and returning students

Business students attend a tour led by SEMO Alum at the Microsoft office in St. Louis. 

The SEMO Startups Learning Community was born out of a partnership of the Office of Residence Life, Harrison College of Business and Computing, and Catapult Creative House. In this community, you will have the opportunity to connect with students in any major, faculty in various disciplines, and local entrepreneurs. You’ll also have opportunities to win cash prizes and potential scholarships.  

  • Major: Any 
  • Location: LaFerla Hall 
  • Residents: Returning students 
  • Additional application required 
  • Community members may have classes together 

Summer interns for the Cape Catfish baseball team pose on the field.  

Members of the Sports Management Learning Community have the opportunity to participate in dedicated programs and events related to sports management, including faculty-led programs.   

  • Major: Sports Management 
  • Location: Towers West 
  • Residents: First-year and returning students 
  • Community members may have classes together 

Education majors practice teaching exercises in the EDvolution center.  

Learn about your future profession by joining the Tomorrow's Teachers Learning Community, where you’ll interact with faculty and advisors while connecting with classmates. You’ll meet with faculty and advisors, learn how to apply general studies to your major, attend study sessions for the entrance exam, and much more as you pursue your degree in education. 

  • Major: Education 
  • Location: LaFerla Hall 
  • Residents: First-year students 
  • Requirement: Expectations agreement 
  • Community members may have classes together 

Theatre majors practice movement for class at the Dobbins River Campus Center.  

As a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Community you’ll connect with other creative students both inside and outside your major while building a supportive social network. Plus, you’ll get to interact with faculty at programs and events in the residence hall. 

  • Majors: Visual and performing arts majors 
  • Location: Dobbins River Campus Center 
  • Residents: First-year and returning students 

Hear from one of our students

"My favorite thing would have to be the Learning Community housing options offered in the dorms. I lived in the Business Learning Community my freshman year and was able to meet some of my best friends. I was also able to get more involved in the Harrison College of Business and Computing. I have lived in this community for three years now and am currently serving as the RA, so I have been able to grow in leadership ability and involvement each year through this program. "

Hannah Kroencke, student

Accounting student, Hannah Kroencke, wears a Redhawk shirt and stands in front of LaFerla Hall.
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