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, and required Core Curriculum classes. Other lifestyle and identity based options include Substance Free, Black, Queer & Trans LLC's. 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, 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 Assistants
- 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 first-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)
- Criminal Justice
- Political Science
- Honors (for those students in the Honors Program)
- LGBTQ-A (students of all majors)
- Substance & Alcohol Free (students of all majors)
As an returning student, 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 QuestionsClick to Open
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: Assignments are based upon your choice of LLC, not residence hall preference. 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. It must be a mutual request to be considered.
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 during an orientation session, 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. At that time, a room change out of the LLC can also be explored with the Department of Residence Life and Housing.