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Learning Communities

Learning Communities at Syracuse University are groups of students living together in a residence hall around a common major, interest, or theme. Learning communities integrate the residential, social, and academic components of the first year college experience. Although the experience is unique to each learning community, most include:

  • Living with others that share similar and overlapping interests, developing lifelong friendships.
  • Guest speakers and advising staff who support students in career and academic planning.
  • Academic support in crucial first semester courses, including help balancing your academic and social lives.
  • Shared classes, including some specific to learning communities.
  • Out-of-the-classroom academic enrichment and career exploration opportunities.
  • Fun social programs and events, both on and off campus, including dinners, team retreats, and more!

The goal? To assist with the first year college transition by connecting students with peers, staff, and faculty who share similar and overlapping interests!

Available Options

There are over 25 learning communities currently offered at SU, and the School of Education sponsors two of them for our students:

  • Education Living Learning Community (ELLC) – open to all first year education majors, students in this LC live together in Flint Hall, on “the mount”. Students share two classes: their first year seminar EDU 101, and their introductory writing course WRT 105. Students participate in a number of education-related events such as in-hall discussions, guest speakers, and study group sessions. Other fun events in the past two years have included: a high ropes challenge course (with ziplining!), apple picking, bowling, ice skating, mystery room escapes, white water rafting, indoor trampoline parks, and more!
  • Health and Exercise Science Learning Community (HES LC) – open to first year health and exercise science majors, students in this LC live together in Shaw Hall, which is the hub for all STEM-related learning communities. Students share many of their first semester courses, including their first year seminar EDU 101, their intro exercise science course PPE 295, their intro bio course BIO 121, and their intro writing course WRT 105. Students participate in weekly or bi-weekly study group sessions available only to the learning community. In addition, students have the ability to explore their career interests through guest speakers, lab demonstrations, and visits to various athletic and training facilities.

How to Join

Learning communities are only available to first year students. Admitted and matriculated students who have submitted their tuition and housing deposits can log into MySlice and apply to a Learning Community on their housing form.

Questions?

For general questions about learning communities, or issues with filling out your housing form, contact:
The Office of Learning Communities
315.443.2079
lcs@syr.edu

For general questions about the School of Education, or about SOE-sponsored learning communities, contact:
SOE Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment
315.443.4269
suschoolofedinfo@syr.edu