Living-Learning Student FAQ


What are living-learning communities?

Living-learning communities comprise students who live in specially themed residence halls or portions of a hall (such as a floor or wing) and who participate in academically and intellectually engaging learning activities designed specifically for them by faculty, staff, and other students.

What advantages are there to being part of a living-learning community?

Living-learning communities give you an opportunity to:

  • interact with other individuals who share a similar academic program or interest
  • participate in programs and activities related to your major or interest area
  • obtain academic assistance and support from faculty and staff
  • informally participate in study groups, as well as discuss class projects, group assignments, and class notes with other students
  • reside in a location close to classes in your major
  • enrich your overall academic and residential experience by being part of a supportive living and learning environment

Do living-learning communities really support student learning?

Yes. We know through years of research that learning is an active and dynamic process that extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Successful living-learning communities are designed to help facilitate out-of-classroom learning by providing relevant learning activities, as well as an academically supportive living and learning environment.

How can I sign up to be part of a living-learning community?

You can sign up for a specific living-learning community through MyIUP and our Online Housing License Agreement. Simply choose from the drop-down list of living-learning options when you complete your Housing License Agreement. Note that if the living learning cluster is full, you will see no rooms when the cluster is selected.

Will being part of a living-learning community require additional work on my part?

When you elect to be part of a living-learning community in suite-style housing, you can choose to participate in as many (or as few) out-of-class activities as your schedule and interest level allow. However, we highly recommend that you keep in mind the advantages that involvement in sponsored living-learning activities can provide, both academically and interpersonally, to you. Finally, regardless of the degree to which you participate in organized learning activities, living-learning clusters help promote a sense of community by helping you to interact and collaborate with other residents sharing similar academic backgrounds and personal interests.

When I select my room, can I choose to room with someone who has the same major as I do?

Yes. When you sign up for housing online, you can see your potential roommate's name, home address, and major, e-mail address, and home phone number.

I would like to be part of a living-learning program for my academic major; however, my roommate and I have different majors. Can we still room together?

Yes. We recognize that many individuals who wish to be part of a living-learning community also desire to share a room with someone who has a different major. Please note that you must be a member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College to reside in Whitmyre Hall. Note also that all individuals residing on the Intensive Study wing and SOAR (Substance-Free Lifestyle) clusters must abide by the specific policies and standards outlined for these communities.

Where can I obtain a more detailed description of each living-learning community?

Please visit our Living-Learning website.

I have some additional questions not addressed here. Whom can I contact?

Should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining by e-mail at
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