Living Learning Communities

RWU began offering Living Learning Communities more than a decade ago, when the University Honors Program chose to include a living component to accompany the overall honors experience. Since then, the University has hosted many types of LLCs – from theme-and major-based to special interest, self-proposed and everything in between. We believe that LLCs are an integral piece of the RWU education, especially for incoming students.

National research has shown that LLCs:

  • Improve self-confidence
  • Open students’ minds to new ideas and experiences
  • Increase student engagement in classes
  • Lead students to think more critically and gain deeper knowledge
  • Create a greater sense of connection to the university community

Our current LLC offerings include communities organized around our Honors program, major/academic program, required Core Curriculum classes and specific themes such as Environmental Sustainability, Fine & Performing Arts, Public Health  and Popular Cultural & Community. The LLCs are housed in South Campus, which is also home to all first-year RWU students. Each LLC will be comprised of a cohort of approximately 24-26 students, both male and female, who will share at least one class, a faculty and resident advisor, as well as a variety of on-and off-campus academic and social experiences.

At RWU, our LLCs:

  • Give students additional access to faculty mentors
  • Create a community within a community
  • Allow for greater interaction with Peer Mentors and Resident Assistant's
  • Come with built-in study groups and tutoring support
  • Offer opportunities to participate in special events, on- and off-campus

LLCs at RWU are designed to help you get the most out of your freshman year by strengthening the connection between the classroom and the residence hall, and helping you in the transition from high school to college. And, as a member of an LLC, you’ll have the support and encouragement you need to make the most of YOUR college experience.

Sample list of LLCs for Fall 2017:

  • Core Curriculum classwork (students of all majors)
  • Business 
  • Criminal Justice
  • Engineering
  • Political Science
  • Honors (for those students in the Honors Program) 
  • Substance & Alcohol Free (students of all majors)

As an upperclassman, you will have the opportunity to design your own LLC. The result? New, student-initiated LLCs ranging from Eco Geeks and Freaks of Nature (animal and environmental issues) to We Fit (personal wellness) and Hawks Pride. That’s the beauty of RWU; if you have an idea, you can make it happen!

Some current and past student-proposed LLCs:

  • Edible Landscaping--Community Gardening 
  • One Voice & Women Against Domestic Violence
  • Helping Hands--Volunteering in a School Setting 
  • Critcial Reading for Community Development--Mentoring / Big Sisters 
  • Hawks Heroes – Special Olympics
  • Peace Stew – PEACE II
  • Save the Bay – Beach clean-ups
  • Roger's Angels--The Ronald McDonald House 
  • Green is the New Black – Environmental awareness
  • Soccer/Healthy Living
  • Skin We’re In – Diversity

LLC Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: When/how do I get to select my room for next year?

A: The Roommate Matching Characteristics Questionnaire will be available in March, and once you’ve deposited, you’ll receive your login information. Our new housing form will allow you to rank your preference between your major or themed-based LLC.

 Q: When/how do I get matched with my roommate?

A: RWU has a survey that all new students take to determine your compatibility with other students. The matching process takes the majority of the summer, and roommate assignments are announced in August.

 Q: What are the benefits of being involved in an LLC?

A: You’ll find a whole insert about LLCs in your Acceptance Packet when you receive it, but some of the benefits include faculty mentors, special events and instant bonds with your classmates and faculty members.

 Q: I really want to be in an LLC; how do I make sure that I get in?

A: We will make every effort to place you in one of your selected LLCs, but we cannot guarantee placement as some things could limit placement in a specific area.

 Q: How much does it cost to be in an LLC?

A: Even with all of the added benefits—from special events to faculty mentors, there is no additional cost to be part of any of our LLCs.

Q: I really don’t want to be in an LLC; how do I opt out?

A: It’s a way of life here, and is a great experience for everyone involved. Not only have LLCs been proven to improve grades and overall satisfaction with the RWU experience, but they’re also a great way to make friends and really get to know your faculty mentors. If you have concerns please speak with your specific Dean of your school.

 Q: Can I pick an LLC in the residence hall I want to be in?

A: All of our first-year students live in south campus, which is also where our LLCs are housed, in Cedar, Maple, Willow and Stonewall. You will be able to rank the LLC of choice that you would like to live in and we will make every effort to place you in an LLC that coordinates with your interests and/or major.

 Q: Can I pick my roommate?

A: If you already know who you’d like to live with, you can indicate that on the Roommate Matching Characteristics Questionnaire.

 Q: What if I don’t like/get along with my roommate?

A: We always do our best to match you with a roommate who will complement your lifestyle. While we have enjoyed great success in our process, we acknowledge that the process is not foolproof. If things aren’t working between you and your roommate, we will try our best to help you work through it, or work with you to have you reassigned to a better living situation.

 Q: What if I’m in an LLC and I change majors or drop the required class?

A: We will be working with you during Summer Orientation to build a schedule and assign an LLC that matches your academic major.  If you change your mind about your major prior to the start of the semester, we will make the necessary adjustment.  During the semester, as with any significant decisions affecting your course of study, you should consult with your assigned Academic Advisor and the dean of the school.

Theme-Based Living Learning Communities Details

Environmental Sustainability (Any major)
The long-term well-being of humans and their societies is influenced by the environment and our relationships with it. This Living-Learning Community is focused on helping students learn about the basic principles of environmental sustainability and how to live in ways that minimize negative environmental impacts and thus improve the ability of humans and other species to survive and flourish into the future. Students in this LLC will be registered for SUST 101- Introduction to Sustainability Studies.

Fine & Performing Arts (Open to Any major)
For those who want to better understand the human experience through its expression of the creative spirit, this Living-Learning Community will help you examine masterworks and artists from a variety of traditions in dance, music, theater and the fine arts. With abundant field trips, and the opportunity to cultivate one's own artistic impulses, students in the LLC will explore the historical and contemporary role of the fine & performing arts by inhabiting the creative life themselves. Students in this LLC will be registered for CORE 105- The Artistic Impulse.

Popular Cultural & Community (Open to Any major)

Public Health (not for science majors)
Public Health is an interdisciplinary field that uses policy, education, epidemiology and advocacy to protect the health of communities. This Living-Learning Community invites students of all majors to work together, using a public health approach, to address local and global community health issues. Students in this LLC will be registered for BIO 103- Biology I and Lab.