How to Apply to a First-Year Learning Community

To apply for a First-Year Learning Community, you must complete your Housing Contract no later than April 1 (May 1 for the Melvin W. Jones Scholars). However, space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so complete your Contract as soon as possible!

Housing Contracts will become available in mid-January to students who have been admitted and paid their University enrollment deposit. Once you receive notice of the Housing Contract’s availability, go to the online Contract and log in using the information provided.

On the Learning Communities page (Step 6), you will be asked whether or not you want to join a Learning Community. Select yes for this question.

The following page (Step 7) will now become available, and will provide you with a full list of available Learning Communities for the 2015-2016 year.

To apply for a specific Learning Community, choose that community from the drop-down box. There is the ability to select up to three preferences for a First-Year Learning Community. If your first selection is full, this will automatically allow you to be considered for your next preference.

If you do not wish to select a second or third choice, leave the appropriate drop down menu(s) blank. Once you have completed all information on the page, click “Continue.” 

Information about your Learning Community application status will be sent to you within three weeks to confirm the details of your application.

Later in the spring you will be given information about roommate selection and room selection within your Learning Community.

If you have questions or wish to change your Learning Community preferences after you save them, you will need to contact the Learning Communities office at (402) 472-7128 or learningcommunities@unl.edu. Change requests must be sent in writing to our email address.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join a First-Year Learning Community?
What if I don’t know what I want to major in yet?
What is the cost of a First-Year Learning Community?
What if I change my major?
I have already taken one of the courses the First-Year Learning Community takes together; can I still be in it?
Can I request a roommate?
What should I do if I am interested in a First-Year Learning Community, but my first choice residence hall is not home to that Learning Community?