Living Learning Communities
Our Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide unique environments where select groups of students share common residential and learning experiences. Based on academic majors, our LLCs create intentional links between academic, social, and residential experiences.
Living Learning Communities are special, designated residence hall communities that bring college learning into the everyday lives of students. They offer students the chance to live with others who share similar majors and have courses together. Communities provide students with opportunities to interact with faculty from the college outside the classroom.
Students who reside in an Living Learning Community typically have higher GPA, higher retention, higher persistence, report greater satisfaction and closer tie to the university, interact more frequently with peers for academic work (study groups), and interact with faculty and other campus resources more frequently.
A full-time professional administrator who works collaboratively with faculty, in hall staff and resident assistants, staffs our Living Learning Communities. Together this team integrates both professional and personal interests to enhance the academic and social experience at Youngstown State University.
- Living with students who share similar interests and challenges
- Access to peers for study groups, mentoring and leadership experience
- Special events and on-campus programming
- Opportunities to explore off campus resources
- Collaborative academic opportunities
- Networking prospects exploring potential careers and internships
It is an honor and privilege to be a member of a Living Learning Community. Spaces are limited. Students who possess a commitment to academic success, intellectual curiosity, civic engagement and lifelong learning should plan to apply by the priority deadline by checking off interest on the housing application. Students must be declared major in the ALC they preference. Students who preference a LLC will get priority access to choose a room within the LLC housing. The Colleges that have living learning communities are:
- Beeghly College of Education
- Bitonte College of Health and Human Services
- College of Creative Arts & Communication
- College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
- College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Williamson College of Business Administration
Each Academic Living Community will participate in monthly events with faculty from the college as well as additional events planned by the Resident Assistant based on floor member interest. At least one service project connected to the academic theme of the LLC will be planned and offered. Finally, each ALC will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a trip that connects the living-learning experience with their chosen academic theme.
Cafaro House also reserves space for Honors students to live within their own community. Events for the Honors Community are planned in collaboration with the Honors College. Honors students of all majors may live together in the Honors Community. To participate, students must be accepted into the Honors College through their own application process and mark this as their preference on the Housing Application.
Housing & Residence Life has also reserved spaces for students who have yet to declare a major to live in community, Explore, with other undecided students. Events are planned for these students to expose them to a variety of major and career possibilities. In addition, discussions on strengths and interests will be held to help the students in this living learning community to focus their decision on a potential major.