LLCs - FAQ What are Living Learning Communities (LLCs)? At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we offer four different Living Learning Communities (LLCs) so that students can choose the best fit for themselves. Living Learning Communities are residential groups within the greater Saint Mary's community, helping students connect and grow during their first year at college. Living Learning Communities can be defined as groups of students who choose to live together because of common interests, common goals, and are transitioning through similar moments within their lives. Each LLC has a course attached to it that the students attend together, fulfilling their first year Lasallian Core Tradition course requirement. The LLC members take this course together, further building strong study habits, friendships, and relationships with their faculty advisors. What are the benefits of LLCs? Living Learning Communities (LLCs) offer unique living and learning opportunities to campus residents. Research shows LLC students have higher cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) and increased interaction with faculty. Living Learning Communities also help create closely knit communities and bonds which help create a support system for each of the community members. Why should I live in an LLC? Living Learning Communities allow for immediate commonalities with other students in the community around you, so friendships can be more easily facilitated. The connected courses for each of the individual Living Learning Communities allow for automatic study groups within the communities. What are the advantages of living in an LLC? There are many advantages to Living Learning Communities. The advantages range from the fact you will have built in study groups for courses connected with the Living Learning Community to the fact that you will have chances to continually connect with instructors and faculty advisors who oversee the Living Learning Community. In the Living Learning Community you will also be able to interact with individuals who have similar interests as you. These same individuals have differences and diversity which you will be able to learn and grow from. What are the requirements while living in the LLC? First of all, you must be a First Year Student. Each Living Learning Community member is required to take the connected courses for a given Living Learning Community, once accepted you will be registered for the specific course associated with your community. You will be required to attend all programming related to this course and all continued programming the following semester as presented by your faculty advisors. This amount is well balanced, so as not to interfere with other activities, involvements, and courses. What are the four LLC themes? There are four Living Learning Communities for the 2013-2014 academic year. Each Living Learning Community has its own course connections and own emphasis. The following is a list of the four LLCs: ArtsAlive! Extreme Athletes and the College Experience Wide World & Sports #wellness Are the LLCs gender-specific? No, all of the Living Learning Communities are non-gender specific. Each Living Learning Community will have a diverse group of genders, backgrounds, and interests. However, within Saint Edward's Living Learning Center students will be divided by gender. All male students will live on the first floor and all females will live on second floor. Can I request a roommate in the LLCs? Yes, you are still able to request a roommate through the your Admission's Office paperwork. When you fill out the housing materials you select the Living Learning Program and you are still able to identify the roommate you would like to placed with. Make sure this roommate selects you to and applies to the community you both wish to be in. Is there any extra charge to live in the LLCs? No, the Living Learning Communities cost not more than our traditional housing options for First Year Students. How are faculty members involved with the LLCs? Faculty members will be involved through teaching the connected courses and working with a collaborative team of programmers for outside-the-classroom experiences based on the communities theme. This collaborative team is built with members of the faculty, The Office of Student Life, and the Student Success Center. Faculty members will also be involved as the advisors to each Living Learning Community. Faculty involvement allows for strong connections with all LLC students. Do you have to be a specific major to be involved with an LLC? No, all Living Learning Communities are open to all majors. The diversity of interests makes each Living Learning Community stronger. How do I show interest? How do I sign up? You will receive an application through the mail with a brochure inviting you to apply. Fill out the information and contact your Admission's Counselor with any questions. You can also contact the Office of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to apply directly.