Next Step ChecklistGreat! You signed up for Learning Communities (LCs) and possibly the First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) at Saint Louis University. You aren't alone. During fall 2011, 45 % of our first-year students participated in some way in the Learning Communities Program on campus.
1. If you met the preferred sign up deadline of May 1 we will pull your preferred FIG information from the application during May and check to see if you meet any academic/program requirements for your FIG and LC choices. FIGs are automatically a part of their corresponding LC.
a. If you meet requirements and there is space in the FIG classes, then we will pre-register you in the two to three FIG classes before the end of May. There are capacity limits for the LCs/FIGs.
b. You will receive an email by the end of May letting you know if you were placed in a FIG or if we weren't able to get you into one of your FIG choices.
c. If you didn't get into your FIG choice or you missed the May 1 deadline, then you can still sign up for any open FIG spaces with your Academic Advisor and open LC spaces with Housing & Residence Life at the SLU 101 summer orientation program.
2. Housing Assignments will go out after all the SLU 101 summer orientation sessions are completed.
a. Around mid-July you will receive your housing assignment information. This includes your Learning Community placement information.
b. If you signed up through the approved commuter application for LCs/FIGs, then you will receive an email in July that lets you know how you will be contacted regarding the Learning Community you signed up for - the Resident Advisors (RAs) for the LC will contact you in August.
3. FIG students move in first!
a. FIG students will receive a reminder email of this during the summer. FIG students will attend a short FIGs Orientation during Welcome Week to help answer any questions before classes begin and to meet the other FIG students in your FIG classes.
4. What to expect?
a. Learning Community Agreements can be found for each Learning Community. Check out your Learning Community page to know what is expected and what you can expect as a member.
b. Watch the two short LC videos to hear what students had to say about their experience.
5. Get excited for the Year!
a. No matter where you live we are focused on what first-year students need to have the first-year experience in all of our residence halls. Building location doesn't impact experience, community does! A variety of programs/activities beyond the Learning Community theme will be provided throughout the year on all residence hall floors.
b. Your LC will build community together through the experiences you will have together during Welcome Week. One of these will be wearing your LC T-shirt, provided at check-in, at New Student and Family Convocation of Welcome Week. Check out photos from last year!
6. Consider being a rep for your LC for the Learning Communities Student Advisory Board.
a. Your LC RA will ask for at least one rep to be part of the LC Student Advisory Board once classes begin. Meetings occur a few times a semester.
7. Get Involved!
a. You can have a voice on what your Learning Community does each semester. Each LC has a program budget and great programs are planned to help you have a great first year at SLU. Check out your Learning Community page for descriptions and photos. Talk to your RA about how you can help plan events for the LCs such as field trips, activities, study groups, etc.
8. How to stay involved beyond your first year? Live again in the Learning Community as a second year member. You can even apply for leadership positions within the LCs -- consider being an LC Resident Advisor or LC Mentor.
We look forward to seeing you in the fall and having you involved in the Saint Louis University Learning Communities Program. You are taking the first step to having a successful first year!