Learning Community

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What is a Learning Community?

Learning Communities (LC) are student cohorts that share a common major or interest.  During the Fall semester, cohorts take a common set of courses together.  Students are co-enrolled in a first year seminar, GEN 101 A&S Orientation, and one to three additional courses.  The additional courses vary by community and complete major or general education requirements that will apply to any major. 

LCs provide students with an opportunity to network with other students, a peer advisor, an academic advisor, and faculty members.  LCs are open to students living on campus and commuter students seeking a larger connection to campus.  There is no additional cost to participate in a LC.

What is a Living Learning Community?

A living learning community is a type of LC.  Living Learning Communities (LLCs) have all the benefits of an LC described above, but participants also live together on campus.  Students will have opportunities to connect classroom experiences with residential life and programming in the residence hall.  There is no additional cost to participate in a LLC.

The College of Arts & Sciences has LCs for students that are exploring their major, pre-health majors, interested in service learning and many more!

Why should you consider joining a LC?

LCs are a great way to:

  • Learn more about your major or area of interest.
  • Build a convenient class schedule.
  • Receive valuable guidance and support from GEN 101 instructor and peer advisor.
  • Ease the transition from high school to university life and culture.
  • Build friendships and form study groups quickly while learning together.
  • Increase opportunity for academic success.

How do I join?

Students must be an admitted first-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences.  To join, complete the following action items depending on the type of LC you would like to join:

To join an LC
(Art, Global Engagement, Pre-Health,  Pre-Business, Psychology)
To join an LLC
(Service Learning, Exploring Majors & Careers, or African American Male Initiative)
1. Complete the A&S LC Application Form.1. Complete the housing application, and pay the $100 housing application fee.
2. After receiving email confirmation of LC acceptance, register for LC classes at orientation.2. Submit the LLC application.
3. After receiving email confirmation of LLC acceptance, register for LLC classes at orientation.

Living Learning Communities

Students live in the same residence hall and take 1-2 classes together.  Apply to one of these LLCs.

This community is designed to support African American males as they transition to UofL. LLC activities will focus on academic success, mentoring, developing peer connections, and gaining leadership skills.

This community is for students that are interested in guided assistance to help select a major and potential career.

This community is available to students that have been awarded the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship. Students will connect with other Porter Scholars and learning more details about maintaining their scholarship through graduation.

A great LLC for students that would like to participate in service projects that will support the community and provide students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills.

Learning Communities

Students take 2-3 classes together; no residential component.  Apply to one of these LCs.

Students in this LC will be introduced to the field of Criminal Justice.

This community will explore culture and society by understanding race, gender, and class from an American perspective and by understanding other cultures.

This community will offer an introduction to the fundamentals of film and use film to explore other course related topics.

This community is great for students that are interested in careers that help people. Students will learn more about careers related to helping others.

This community will explore politics and government with a global lens.

This community is available to students that have been awarded the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship. Students will connect with other Porter Scholars and learning more details about maintaining their scholarship through graduation.

Students in the community will learn various paths to careers in the business world and the steps for declaring a business major at UofL.

The Pre-Health LC is a great for any student interested in a career as a Doctor, Dentist, or Pharmacist.

This community will focus on how to be a successful student and review how to prepare for law school starting in your first year.

This community is ideal for any student that is interested in attending medical school.

The psychology LC is designed for students that are interested in learning more about the mind and behavior. This community is open to all students in A&S.

This community is a good option for students considering majors in chemistry, math, physics, or engineering.

This community will discuss how people interact with the environment while keeping environmental, political, economic, and social considerations in mind.

This community will discuss women’s experience in America by contrasting the past to the present.


Learning communities provide a fun way to learn, make close friends, network with faculty and staff, and get connected on campus in various programs and opportunities on campus and in the community.

There is no cost to join a learning community.

No, learning communities try to connect students to other students by taking courses together.

If you would like to join one of our living learning communities, apply here.

If you would like to join one of our course cluster LCS, apply here.

If you have not registered for Orientation, please do so here.

Yes! There may still be space available in some learning communities. Apply today and mention to your academic advisor at Orientation that you are interested in joining a learning community.

In some instances, activities may be connected with in-class coursework. Other opportunities are optional but highly encouraged because they will help students meet people on campus, be more successful in classes, and more aware of happenings on campus.

No! Participating in a learning community will enhance your experience and help you connect with opportunities, faculty and staff, and resources making a big school feel a bit more manageable. The faculty, staff and upper-class students connected to learning communities are interested in your academic and social success. They can help you learn how to make the most of your time in college, starting with your first semester!

Students participating in a living learning community report having a community and sense of belonging. Students in LLCs have all the same freedoms of other students living in the residence hall.

No, unfortunately due to high number of applicants, students will need to live with someone within their respective learning community, unless the roommate also applies to be in the LLC.

Unfortunately, students that apply to multiple LCs with connected courses will only be admitted into one. Students may participate in a themed LC (that does not have connected courses) and a LC with connected courses but no residential component.