Themed and Learning Communities are groups of students with a shared academic interest and/or experience who live together, either on the same floor or within the same building. These communities provide residents an opportunity to challenge and shape their personal and professional identities. This is accomplished through building a community conducting socialized programming that is designed by faculty and staff from your academic area, as well as Residence Life staff, and by providing access to resources that will aid in your classroom success.
Research has shown that students living in learning communities have a better understanding of the academic material, better interpersonal and critical thinking skills, and a stronger connection with faculty members and the institution (Shapiro and Levine). The Office of Residence Life, in conjunction with our many academic partners, is pleased to offer Themed and Learning Community Experiences in the subjects or interest areas listed. Click on a link to learn more about that specific program.
Starting in Fall 2019, all first year students taking part in the Honors Themed Community will be taking their UI 100: Freshmen Seminar together with the Director of the Jane Stephens Honors Program. Individual communities have different membership criteria; see individual community pages for specifics. Learning Communities are focused on many different academic interests. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for a community, please complete your housing contract. There is a section of the housing contract which is for joining a themed or learning community. If you have already completed your contract, you can go back in to make necessary adjustments.