A Living and Learning Community (LLC) is a residential community dedicated to a specific academic college or major. Research shows that students who participate in LLCs are more likely to succeed in the transition to college life—they have higher retention rates, demonstrate stronger critical thinking, and have increased access to faculty and student mentors than students who do not participate in an LLC.
Benefits of LLCs
- Live, learn, study, and get to know others who share your academic and career interests.
- Build strong friendships with your peers.
- Learn academic success skills and strategies.
- Gain an increased knowledge about your major and career options.
- Form study groups and share learning experiences.
- Participate in fun and educational in-house programming/events.
- Get support from a dedicated Resident Academic Mentor (RAM), a fellow student who serves as a live-in resource and plans a variety of social activities and out-of-classroom learning events.
In addition, LLC participation offers students opportunities that promote self-confidence, a deeper connection to the University community, and stronger relationships with their peers.
But don’t take our word for it—read more from the AAC&U.
Everyone is Invited.
Admitted first-year students are automatically eligible for assignment to an LLC that corresponds to their academic college, major, or program.
If you live in a different residence hall, or if even if you live off-campus, you can still take advantage of LLC staff, resources, and programming. LLC programs are open and available to all first-year students in majors affiliated with an LLC. Learn more about Living and Learning Community housing assignments.
Your Success Network
Resident Academic Mentors (RAMs) are trained upper class students (sophomores and above) who live alongside first-year students in our LLC residence hall communities. They are actively engaged academic leaders who help first-year students succeed. RAMs keep regular office hours, organize study sessions, schedule group activities, and build a sense of community.
Resident Advisors (RAs) are undergraduate student residents who are available to other students as a resource to help navigate the campus. RAs work to create a respectful, inclusive community within the residence halls by facilitating social and educational programming efforts, assisting students in resolving conflicts, and serving as a community role model.
Hall Directors and Graduate Hall Directors are full-time university employees or full-time graduate students who are responsible for the management and daily operations of 2-5 residence halls. HDs and GAHDs directly supervise the RAs and RAMs, oversee the community building and programming efforts, and offer support to students.
Academic Partners are dedicated faculty or staff members who serve as LLC leaders. An Academic Partner is skilled at interacting with students outside the classroom and dedicates time to facilitating LLC programs and events, meeting with students, and collaborating with the housing staff on LLC-related activities.
LLCs for First-Year ResidentsNot all programs have an LLC, if you have questions about LLCs for your major, contact Housing and Residential Life.
LLCs for Upperclass Residents
|Academic Program||Residence Hall(s)|
|Gender, Equity, and Leadership in Sexuality (GELS)||Ellery Hall|
|Honors Program||Garrahy Hall|
|International Engineering Program (IEP)||IEP House, TI House|
|Women in Leadership House||Women's Center|
|Sustainability LLC||Garrahy Hall|