What is a Learning Community?
Learning Communities are groups of students with a shared academic interest and/or experience. Members of a Learning Community:
- live together, often on the same residence hall floor
- learn together through at least one shared class
- connect to students, upperclass student mentors, and faculty with shared interests
- prepare for the future through exclusive academic, social, and professional activities and events
- benefit from academic support programs
- take field trips and participate in community service projects
What Do Students Say?
Makes the transition from high school to college so much easier when you have a large group of friends on the first day.
The professors involved in my learning community are awesome!
Honestly it was the single best decision I made as a freshman in college. I felt more at ease in my classes, I loved my res hall life, and if I needed help with anything I knew I had a floor full of people who had my back.
A great way to meet people in similar situations!
I met 90% of my closest friends in my learning community. I wouldn't trade it for anything and encourage new students to get involved with a learning community.
Best money my dad has spent on college thus far!
Who Can Be In a Learning Community?
Individual communities have different membership criteria; see individual community pages for specifics. Learning Communities are focused on many different academic interests, as well as one — University Exploration — for those who aren’t yet sure about their academic home at UNL. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for membership in a First-Year Learning Community, indicate your preference on your Housing Contract. For Upper-class Learning Communities, see individual communities pages for application instructions.
In addition, participation in Scholar Communities is possible by invitation. Please see individual Scholar Community pages for more specific application/invitation information.