- Learning Communities
How Do I Sign Up?
Live with your peers in a Learning Community around a common interest and take a couple classes together in a First-Year Interest Group. Nearly half of the first year students participated this past year. Follow the below checklist and you too can join in on the fun!
Review the available Learning Communities (LCs) and identify your top three choices.
- Review learning communities that are for specific majors/ programs v. the Learning Communities that are open to all majors.
- Read the description of each learning community and learn more about the types of activities they tend to offer.
- Take the Learning Communities Quiz to help in determining your interests. (Coming Soon!)
- Note any LCs that have supplemental application processes. You will still need to sign up for these LCs through the housing application process plus the supplemental application.
Enter your top three LC preferences on your Housing and Residence Life Application. (Before May 1st, you can edit your housing application as many times as you like without it affecting your priority date.)
- If you have been approved to be exempt from the residency requirement you can utilize the freshman commuter application for Learning Communities and First-Year Interest Groups. Approved commuters will receive an email to access this separate application process since they wont sign up through the housing application process. The same dates and deadline throughout the checklist still apply.
After March 1, go back to www.slu.edu/lc to review the First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) that are available in your top three LC preferences.
- If you do want a FIG in your top preferred LCs, then review the FIG list that has the academic sources for each FIG. Make sure you meet any requirements for your preferred FIGs. You can't select FIGS that are not in your top preferred LCs.
- Please note that if your preferred FIG for a Learning Community is full, the LC program staff will try to place you in a similar FIG that meets your interests and qualifications.
- Note: FIG students receive preference to be placed first within the LC. Students that meet the May 1st preferred deadline for the housing or commuter application process will be pre- registered in the FIG courses by the end of May. Benefit of this: part of your fall schedule will be completed before you even meet with an Academic Advisor at the SLU 101 summer orientation program.
- If you already submitted your housing application prior to March 1st, you can go back and still select FIGs. It's OK! Editing your housing application does not affect your priority date.
By May 1st, identify your top four preferred FIGs and enter the information on your housing application. Keep a copy of the preferences you listed for LCs and FIGs on the housing application.
If you have a preferred roommate then minimally they need to preference the same LCs as you on their housing application.
Great! That's all there is to it. You will be informed by the end of May if you were placed in a FIG. Learning Community placement will be included in your housing assignment letter, which will be sent in July.
Academic Advising Note
Because FIGs include one to three academic courses, we work with academic departments and academic advisors to select FIG courses. You have the opportunity to go over your class schedule and make sure that your FIG placement fits your needs with your academic advisor during the SLU 101 summer orientation program. If you are unable to attend a SLU 101 session, we encourage you to contact your academic advisor to go over your FIG choice with them.
Special Information on Roommate Requests
If you are also making a mutual roommate request, each of you must make the same Learning Community choice(s). If you do not, a Learning Community request will take priority over a mutual roommate request.
Special Note on English Proficiency
If your native language is not English, your application for LCs and FIGs is contingent upon satisfactory performance on the pre-registration English Proficiency Exam, administered prior to each semester.
If it is determined that additional English studies are necessary, you may be required to take the appropriate English courses prior to, or concurrent with, matriculation in the University's academic programs and therefore will be unable to participate in the LC/FIG program.