What are the advantages of being in a Learning Community?
- You will meet other new students with interests similar to your own.
- You will connect with a faculty member in a small class environment
- Learning Community students often create study groups that not only allow for the sharing of ideas and insights, but also lead to academic success.
- Generally, students in Learning Communities earn higher GPAs than students not enrolled in Learning Communities.
Do Learning Community courses meet graduation requirements?
Learning Communities include courses that meet various degree requirements. Some Learning Communities include courses that meet the University’s requirements for general education, others include courses that meet degree requirements in various categories (such as social sciences, humanities and sciences) and some include courses required for entry into specific majors.
Do I have to take all the classes in a Learning Community?
Yes, if you are interested in enrolling in a Learning Community, you need to enroll in both classes that are part of that Learning Community. The faculty teaching the Learning Community have carefully selected the courses and designed the curriculum so there is material interconnectivity for a full Learning Community experience.
How do I enroll in a Learning Community?
When you meet with advisors and choose your Learning Community, you will receive more information. You will enroll during your registration. Most Learning Communities are open to all new freshmen, but a few are limited to students who plan to enter specific degree programs. Your scores on Placement Tests may help determine which Learning Community is the best fit for you.
Will I be able to take classes other than those in my Learning Community?
Yes. All students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours to be considered full time and most first-year students enroll in 12 to 15 credits during their first semester. Generally, your Learning Community will provide you with approximately six credits, so most Learning Community students enroll in additional courses.
What if I want to drop a course in my Learning Community?
Each Learning Community is a carefully designed. To take full advantage of this opportunity, it is necessary for you to be enrolled in both courses in the Learning Community. If you decide to drop a Learning Community course, you will need to drop both courses in that Learning Community. If you have questions, consult your academic advisor.
What do I do next?
You should browse through the descriptions of the Learning Communities offered. Make a list of those that interest you, and bring that list with you when you meet with your advisor or contact One Stop to sign up.