Learning Communities

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Engineering Learning Community Boats
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Live. Learn. Connect.

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
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What Do Students Say?

Who Can Be In a Learning Community?

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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.