Living and Learning Communities

What is a Learning Community (LC)?

A Learning Community provides students who share a common interest or major a supportive environment designed to help ease the transitions to college life and college-level academics. LCs provide students with opportunities to network and build lasting relationships with peers, faculty and staff. The skills gained while participating in an LC help students find and develop a sense of belonging, leadership skills and better academic achievement. LCs also help students maximize their time to degree completion. Students who join a learning community are co-enrolled in a University Success Course (UNIV 1000) and one or two additional courses per semester (usually Core Curriculum courses). 

What is a Living-Learning Community (LLC)?

Living-Learning Communities are designed for students living on campus as they make the transition to college life. LLCs provide all of the same benefits of LCs with the additional benefit of living together on campus in communities based on similar interest or major. Students who participate in LLCs become more aware and acquainted with on-campus resources through social and educational activities. Participants have opportunities to connect what they learn in the classroom with residential life, empowering students with skills they will use academically and socially on campus and long after college.

What are the benefits of LCs and LLCs?

  • Stronger bonds with peers, faculty and staff with mentorship and guidance from Community Leaders, UNIV instructors, and Peer Instructors
  • Immersion in your major or interest through academic and co-curricular programming and built-in study groups with fellow LC students

 

Fall 2017 Learning Communities

If you have any questions regarding an LC or LLC, please email us at LLC@aum.edu


Learning Comes First Living-Learning Community is comprised of freshman in ALL colleges and various majors throughout the university. The LCF Community offers students an environment to help adjust to the changes that come with transitioning from high school to college. This program is designed to provide a built-in academic and social network that focuses on leadership development, while creating fun memories and gaining skills that will last throughout the student’s college career and beyond. The benefits of participating in LCF are: students share a common living space to help them find a sense of belonging, develop lasting relationships with their peers, and make connections with faculty who will assist them along their path toward graduation. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Learning Comes First Freshman Forum below are the steps and minimum requirements.

Students who are interested in participating in LCF must:

  • Fill out the Learning Community Central Application
  • Be admitted to the university
  • Be a First-time freshman
  • Enroll Full-time with a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Live on campus fall 2017*
  • Enroll in cohort courses*
  • Fall 2017: UNIV 1000
  • Spring 2018: English 1020

 

*Students will need to apply for housing separately. ALL students that accept membership into LCF will be required to live on the 2nd floor of The Commons Residence Hall.

*Participation is required in both of these courses to be enrolled in this Learning Community. Students who accept membership into LCF will automatically be enrolled into the courses.

The Nursing Living-Learning Community (LLC) is an on-campus based community of students who share academic goals and interests.  The AUM Nursing LLC comprised of freshman who have declared Pre-Nursing as their major. Incoming freshmen who meet the minimum requirements and interested in pursuing nursing as a major are encouraged to apply. Students who participate in the NLC take two cohort classes in the fall, one class in the spring and have the opportunity to participate in different activities and forums coordinated by the School of Nursing and the Learning Community program. The benefits of participating in the NLC are: students share a common living space designed to help them find a sense of belonging, experiences that allow students to get to know other freshmen pursuing a major in nursing. Students in the Nursing LLC will make connections with faculty, nursing students and staff who will guide and support students new to AUM in their academic and personal growth toward graduation. Living in an LLC provides students with a chance to expand their views through exploration and collaboration with the School of Nursing.

Students who are interested in participating in the NLC must:

  • Fill out the Learning Community Application
  • Be admitted to the university as a Pre-Nursing Concentration
  • Be a First-time freshman
  • Enroll Full-time with a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Live on campus fall 2017*
  • Eligibility for Math 1100*
  • Enroll in cohort courses*
  • Fall 2017: UNIV 1000 & Math 1100*
  • Spring 2018: Biology 1010/1011

 

*Students will need to apply for housing separately. ALL Pre-Nursing students that accept membership into the NLC will be required to live on the 2nd floor of The Commons Residence Hall.

*Participation is required in all courses listed above to be enrolled in this Learning Community. Students who accept membership into the NLC will automatically be enrolled into the courses. Student must have a math sub-score of 20 ACT or 480 ACT and be eligible to enroll in Math 1100 for the Fall Semester

The Pre Health-GO! Living and Learning Community (LLC) is an on-campus based community of students who share academic goals and interests.  The AUM Pre-Health LLC comprised of freshman who have declared Pre-Health as their major in either Chemistry or Biology. Incoming freshmen who meet the minimum requirements and are interested in pursuing pre-health sciences as a major are encouraged to apply. Students who participate in the PHLC take two cohort classes in the fall, one class in the spring and have the opportunity to participate in different activities and forums coordinated by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Learning Community program. The benefits of participating in the PHLC are: students share a common living space designed to help them find a sense of belonging, experiences that allow students to get to know other freshmen pursuing a Pre-Health major. Students in the Pre-Health GO! LLC will make connections with faculty, biology and chemistry students and staff who will guide and support students new to AUM in their academic and personal growth toward graduation. Living in an LLC provides students with a chance to expand their views through exploration and collaboration with the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Pre-Health GO!  Living-Learning Community below are the steps and minimum requirements.

 

Students who are interested in participating in the PHLC must:

  • Fill out the Learning Community Application
  • Be admitted to the university as a Pre Health Concentration in either Biology or Chemistry
  • Be a First-time freshman
  • Enroll Full-time with a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Live on campus fall 2017*
  • Eligibility for Math 1100 and English 1010*
  • Enroll in cohort courses*
  • Fall 2017: UNIV 1000,Biology 1010/1011 or Chemistry1100/1101
  • Spring 2018: Biology 1020/1021 or Chemistry 1200/1201

 

*Students will need to apply for housing separately. All pre-health science students that accept membership into the PHLC will be required to live on a designated floor of The P-40 Place Residence Hall.

*Participation is required in all courses to be enrolled in this Learning Community. Students who accept membership into the PHLC will automatically be enrolled into the courses. Student must have a math sub-score of 20 ACT or 480 SAT and be eligible to enroll in Math 1100 for the Fall Semester

STEM Living-Learning Community is designed for first-time freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences who are pursuing a major in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Students who participate in STEM gain intentional academic support as well as fun, social opportunities for students to connect with each other, faculty and staff within the STEM disciplines.  This learning community assists students in navigating challenging first-year courses in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines while making lifelong friendships. The benefits of participating in the STEM-LLC are: students share a common living space designed to help them find a sense of belonging, experiences that allow students to get to know other freshmen pursuing a major in the STEM field. Students in the STEM-LLC will make connections with faculty, students and staff who will guide and support students new to AUM in their academic and personal growth toward graduation. Living in an LLC provides students with a chance to expand their views through exploration and collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences.

Students who are interested in participating in the STEM-LLC must:

  • Fill out the Learning Community Application
  • Be admitted to the university for the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Be a First-time freshman
  • Enroll Full-time with a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Live on campus fall 2017*
  • Enroll in cohort courses*:
  • Fall 2017: UNIV 1000 & Math
  • Spring 2018: BIOL1010/1011

 

*Students will need to apply for housing separately. ALL students that accept membership into the STEM-LLC will be required to live on the designated floor of The P-40 Place Residence Hall.

*Participation is required in all courses listed above to be enrolled in this Learning Community. Students who accept membership into the STEM-LLC will automatically be enrolled into the courses.

The Soldier to Student Veterans Learning Community will provide education and training to promote a positive cohesion between Student Veterans and Auburn University at Montgomery. Student Veterans will find the transition into college life more seamless and fluid through proactive programming and training opportunities as well as activities with student veterans on campus. The collaborative environment of the Soldier to Student Veterans Learning Community will positively influence academic performance through the support system it will establish immediately on campus and will advise Student Veterans of all the services and support available to them both on and off campus. Principles such as adjusting to the academic demands of college life, developing academic skills and traits to be successful in the classroom, building new social supports, and identifying educational and life-long goals will be central to the learning community. With the support of this learning community, Student Veterans will find the transition to college life much less intimidating or challenging and will instead gain the tools necessary to be dynamic, thriving students at AUM.

Students who are interested in participating in SSVLC must:

  • Must be an active or separated U.S. military member and an entering first year AUM student.
  • Fill out the Learning Community Application
  • Be admitted to the university
  • Enroll in cohort courses*
  • Fall 2017: UNIV 1000 & English 1010
  • Spring 2018: Psychology & English 1020

 

*Students who are chosen to participate in the Soldier to Student Veterans Learning Community are not required to live in housing but can do so if they choose.

*Participation is required in both courses listed above to be enrolled in the Soldier to Student Veterans Learning Community. Students who accept membership into ISLC will automatically be enrolled into the courses.

The Intramural Sports Learning Community is comprised of first-time freshman students who have an interest in competitive sport activity regardless of skill level. The Intramural Sports community provides a collaborative learning environment where students with a passion for sports, work together and enjoy the opportunity to engage in competitive recreational sports while building relationships with peers, faculty and staff.  The benefits of participating in the ISLC are: students find a sense of belonging to the university and to their intramural teams, participate in sports activities to develop lifelong healthy habits and teamwork skills, and engage in good sportsmanship, team spirit, and cooperation.

Students who are interested in participating in ISLC must:

  • Fill out the Learning Community Application
  • Be admitted to the university
  • Be a First-time freshman
  • Enroll Full-time with a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Enroll in cohort courses*
  • Fall 2017: UNIV 1000
  • Spring 2018: English 1020

 

*Students who are chosen to participate in the Intramural Sports Learning Community are not required to live in housing but can do so if they choose.

*Participation is required in both courses listed above to be enrolled in the Intramural Sports Learning Community. Students who accept membership into ISLC will automatically be enrolled into the courses.

How to Join

There is no additional cost to participate in LCs and LLCs, and every student admitted to AUM is eligible. Just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Complete the Learning Communities Application
  2. Select your top three LC or LLC preferences on the application*
  3. Submit application by August 1

 

*Some Learning Communities have capacity limits due to space. Be sure to select your learning community preferences when applying.

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