FAQ’s

 

What is a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

Being part of a community is about making connections with others who have common interests. Community is about getting involved and contributing to something larger than yourself. Mason’s LLCs bridge students’ academic interests with their residence hall living experience. Students with common interests live together in the same residence hall and develop personal and academic relationships with other students and faculty from their chosen LLCs focus. Students have the opportunity to participate in out of classroom enrichment activities that support their academic pursuits and all LLCs are connected to specific courses that the students take together.

Why do students get involved?

Freshmen and upper-level students enjoy living in a LLC because they live with students with similar interests and common academic pursuits. It provides them with opportunities to live, learn, and grow together in an environment where faculty and residence hall staff collaborate to create an environment supportive of students’ academic pursuits and co-curricular interests.

What is expected of me if I join?

  • Live in the LLC residence hall
  • Enroll in the LLC course required for your community
  • Complete program assessments in the fall and spring
  • Participate in at least 1 LLC program and activity per month

How do LLCs differ from other residence hall living environments?

While all residence halls offer educational and social activities, LLC students with common academic interests reside in a specific residence hall and agree to participate in out of classroom activities that focus on their LLCs focus. LLC students have greater opportunities to develop personal relationships with the faculty from the LLC’s and many LLC faculty volunteer their time to collaborate with the residence hall staff to coordinate activities. All of the residence halls housing LLCs have professional residence hall staff who assist with the daily operation of the LLC.

Do students receive additional benefits from living in a LLC?

Research has shown that students living in a LLC have better academic performance, greater sense of collegiality, enhanced personal development, increased intercultural experiences, and greater exposure to positive social environments.

Do I have to be sure of my major in order to live in a LLC?

Any student interested in an LLC does not need to major in the LLC academic field. Especially for freshmen, living in a LLC will assist students in exploring their academic interests and in deciding a major to pursue. Students appreciate the academic environment and mutual support the LLC offers within the residence hall and enjoy the out of classroom activities and the camaraderie among students and faculty with similar interests.

What LLC activities are offered to students?

The possibilities are endless! Faculty and residence hall staff collaborate to create both educational and social out of classroom activities; however, student input is necessary to ensure the activities are of interest and value to students. Activities occur in the residence hall, on campus, the surrounding community, and the region. Activities vary within each LLC. Some examples include day hikes, rock climbing, regional symphonies, lecture series, movie nights, guest speakers, museum visits, and community service projects. Students are encouraged to get involved in leadership roles to assist with the activities offered and to reach out to the Living Learning Community Development Program Coordinator to plan events of their own.

Is it possible to participate in a LLC but live in a different residence hall?

No. It is difficult for a LLC to develop when students do not live together. Logistically, it is hard to maintain communication among students, which makes it difficult for students to get to know other LLC students and stay involved.

If I live in a LLC, will I be too busy to focus on my academic or other interests?

No! Being involved in a LLC may actually enhance your academic performance. Each LLC participant agress to participate in a few as 1 activity offered by their Resident Advisor, Peer Advisor/Peer Mentor, or faculty member per month; activities are offered almost weekly and vary in length depending on the activity. Activities are designed to fit into students’ evening or weekend availability. The ability to balance academics and extra-curricular interests varies among students, so you are the best judge of how involved you can become in other campus activities and succeed academically.

How do I Apply?

You can find instructions based on whether you are an incoming Freshman or a returning student here.

What are the benefits from living in an LLC?

Research has shown that students living in a LLC have better academic performance, greater sense of collegiality, enhanced personal development, increased intercultural experiences, and greater exposure to positive social environments.