First Year

First Year Student Living and Learning Communities


The Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) are designed to support first-years in their transition to Fairfield and provide an added layer of connection and engagement for first-year students through intentional and fun experiences on their floor in the Residence Halls. The first-year Living and Learning communities are open and available to all incoming first-year students. Fairfield offers 6 Living and Learning communities to choose from.

Why opt-in to an LLC?  The Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) are designed to help support incoming First-Year Students with their transition and to also provide students with a community based in shared interests and connections. Research shows that students who involved in their first-year have a more positive transition to college. Students living in an LLC students are more likely to be more engaged in their academic coursework as well.

LLCs Goals: Each LLC has its own unique focus, however all of them offer a consistent level of programming and events related to the theme of the LLC. Furthermore students in LLCs will gain intentional interactions with faculty, collaboration with campus departments, and build strong connections to campus resources.

Our Living and Learning Communities…

Health & Wellness: Health and Wellness empowers first-year students to engage in and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit. Health and Wellness promotes the Jesuit value of Cura Personalis, care for the whole person, by intentionally connecting students to resources that encourage fitness, physical health, emotional health, spirituality, and living in community.

Program Benefits:

  • Education around how to maintain and promote a healthy life-style.
  • Weekly activities related to all aspects of Wellness including academic wellness such as time management, physical wellness such as fitness, and emotional wellness including reflection & meditation.

Honors: The Honors Living and Learning Community is an exclusive opportunity for first-year honors students. The program is designed to complement and enhance the honors academic experience with peer mentorship from Resident Assistants who are currently enrolled in the honors program, access to faculty, and dedicated programs and study spaces.  

Program Benefits:

  • Exclusive enrichment opportunities with Honors Faculty to help enhance your learning.
  • Personal Connection with Honors Faculty and Advising to help students make the best decisions about their academic experience.
  • Peer mentorship from successful students currently in the honors program.

Leadership through Service: Leadership through service brings together first-year students who aspire to make a difference at Fairfield and in the larger community. Leadership through Service introduces first-year students to ways in which they can serve as men & women for others and engage in leadership development.

Program Benefits:

  • Introduction to students on how they can get involved in leadership and forms of direct and indirect service. This might include a visit to a local boys & girls club, serving food at a homeless shelter, or raising awareness of a local or global issue on campus.
  • Programming based in leadership development from a Jesuit framework. Students will become aware of their own leadership potential and develop a leadership goals that will help them academically.
  • Unique and fun service opportunities on campus and in local communities

Man2Man:  Man2Man assists students in building strong friendships, creating a community of brotherhood and setting goals for success.  Students participating in the Man2Man program will discern a healthy sense of masculinity through positive male mentorship from peers, faculty and community members.

Program Benefits:

  • Strong Social network of male leaders from all across campus.
  • Peer mentorship and activities based around community’s interests including recreation and sports.
  • Designed programming around goal setting and achievement, leadership, and balancing academics & social aspects of college.
  • Connection to involvement activities on-campus that will enhance the students’ academic and social experience.

Sisters Inspire Sisters (S.I.S.): Sisters Inspire Sisters assists first-year female students to set realistic expectations for their upcoming college experience. Research indicates that female students place a great amount of pressure on themselves and have lower confidence in terms of their abilities. Sisters Inspire Sisters will promote women’s empowerment, develop realistic expectations, and help students build the confidence they need to succeed in college and beyond.

Program Benefits:

  • Strong Social network of female leaders from all across campus
  • Peer mentorship and activities based around community’s interests including recreation and wellness
  • Skill and Confidence building to promote positive self-image and discovery of personal talents and interests
  • Connection to involvement activities on-campus that will enhance the students’ academic and social experience

WiSTEM (Women in Science, Technology, & Math): WiSTEM is for first-year female students in traditionally male-dominated fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  The WiSTEM LLC works closely with faculty to develop strong study skills and a fun community based in the STEM fields.

Program Benefits:

  • Activities with peers and faculty that enhance academic success and build confidence
  • Mentorship from women  faculty and students who have been successful in STEM
  • Opportunities to learn about research and internships for the future
  • Programming designed to promote strong study habits and strategies for succeeding in academically rigorous coursework. Students will develop strategies for transition from high school work to college-level work.

Have questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life, most specifically:

Meredith Smith, associate director, Living & Learning, Office of Residence Life


Looking ahead to Sophomore Year: The Sophomore Residential College Experience

All first-year students are encouraged to think about applying for the Sophomore Residential Colleges as part of their Fairfield experience.   The Residential Colleges provide students a special opportunity to explore their sense of purpose in the world by connecting with faculty, mentors, staff and other students in a variety of ways.  Residential Colleges offer a fun and engaging community experience to help students learn more about themselves and determine how they want their lives to make a difference by aligning their gifts and passions with who they desire to become. 

Through these opportunities, as well as retreats, communal dinners, lectures and service projects, students develop a strong sense of community and friendship. Inspired by the Jesuit approach of reflection and action, students will learn to live more fully and make a difference in the world around them. Check out the sophomore Residential College website for more information!

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