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First Year Living & Learning Communities

Live where you learn.

First-Year Living and Learning Communities provide students with comprehensive opportunities that integrate one’s academic, residential, and co-curricular experience.

The application for living and learning communities (LLC) are available to all incoming first-year students. Students will have an opportunity to select from four LLCs: Health and Wellness, Honors*, Leadership through Service, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics). Each LLC includes a required First-Year Experience (FYE) seminar (for more information regarding FYE visit, as well as an academic element.

*Note the Honors LLC is only available to students in the Academic Honors Program.

  • Academic and social transition to college
  • High engagement and intentional co-curricular opportunities
  • Purposeful environment where students are welcomed and valued as a community of learners
  • Participate in fun opportunities with peer leaders inside and outside of the classroom

First-year students can apply for any of the First-Year Living and Learning communities when filling out their Housing Application located on the First-Year Checklist.

All First-Year Living and Learning applications will be reviewed and students will be notified if they were selected via their University email account and automatically placed in their assigned community. If students do not meet the eligibility requirements, or the LLC has reached capacity, their housing assignment will be based on the preferences in their general housing application.

First-Year Living and Learning Community Offerings

Health & Wellness

The Health and Wellness LLC focuses on the Jesuit core value of Cura Personalis, "care for the whole person", through intentional engagement in mind, body, and spirit. Health and Wellness connects students to resources that encourage fitness, nutrition, academic, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

Program Benefits

  • Foster a sense of teamwork around living a healthy lifestyle
  • Connects students to campus wellness resources
  • Participate in health and wellness activities in their living environment
  • Cohort model where students share a First-Year Seminar and living experience


The Honors LLC is an option for first-year students in the Honors Program. The program is designed to foster academic curiosity, create a support network for high achieving students, and to promote peer mentorship from RAs and other Honors student leaders.

Program Benefits

  • Enrichment opportunities with Honors faculty to enhance learning
  • Personal connection with honors faculty and advising to help students make decisions about their academic experience
  • Peer mentorship from successful students currently in the honors program
  • Cohort model where students share a similar Academic Journey

Leadership Through Service

The Leadership through Service LLC provides opportunities for students to explore their values through action and to develop an understanding of their own leadership capacity.

Program Benefits

  • Develop awareness of one’s leadership potential through intentional engagement
  • Participation in activities related to leadership and service with peers
  • Explore different leadership models and methods that will be beneficial to students’ experiences inside and outside of the classroom
  • Cohort model where students share a First-Year Seminar and living experience

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

The STEM LLC centers on first-years in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math focused majors. These students are immersed into a highly engaged and supportive environment unique to STEM students. The ultimate goal for the STEM LLC is to ensure the successful transition and persistence of these students within their academic major and career exploration. They will develop a community of scholars dedicated to the STEM fields. The STEM LLC is open to students from the following majors: engineering, math, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, nursing, and physics.

  • Engage in STEM co-curricular engagement opportunities outside of the classroom
  • Personal connection with STEM faculty and peers to accompany students in academic journey
  • Cohort model where students share an academic course, FYE Seminar, and living experience

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