Learning Communities Benefits & Expectations
Students in Learning Communities and First-Year Interest Groups at SLU have an incredible opportunity to build study groups, participate in additional academic and social opportunities, develop peer mentor relationships, and create lasting friendships with people who share similar interests. Each year, nearly half of first year students decide to join a learning community - don't miss out!
What are the benefits of joining a Learning Community?
• Live in a community with students who share similar interests or majors
• Gain opportunities for peer mentorship through LC Mentors and Resident Advisors
• Participate in formal and informal study groups to help you succeed in your classes
• Interact with faculty both inside and outside of the classroom
• Pursue meaningful service opportunities with members of your community
• Develop communication and leadership skills
• Have fun!
Freshmen commuter students in the LCs and FIGs will find that you have the benefit of being connected to a "campus home" that will assist you in your transition.
What are the benefits of joining a First-Year Interest Group?
In addition to all of the benefits of joining a Learning Community, students who also join a FIG have the opportunity to...
• Experience college classes along with a community of supportive peers
• Participate in guided study groups for the classes that you are taking right at home
• Improve your GPA
• Create informal study groups with students in the community who are in the same classes as you
• Make formal and informal connections between your courses and your community
What are the expectations of students that participate in Learning Communities and First-Year Interest Groups?
• While Learning Community activities are not required, students are encouraged to participate in the activities and programs focused on the theme of the Learning Community
• We encourage each student to become a partner in their education by becoming an active leader and learner within the Learning Community
• Students in First-Year Interest groups are expected to enroll in all courses that are a part of that FIG for the duration of the semester
Common Learning Community Activities/Experiences:
• Common place of residence - live together on one or more floors
• Social opportunities to build community
• Connect with students with similar academic or personal goals
• Career exploration
• Special programs to acquaint students with campus life
• Introduction to university resources
• Explore St. Louis through field trips or visiting different places throughout the city
• Service opportunities whether one time community service project or ongoing service sites
• Peer mentoring and/or tutoring
• Faculty mentoring and involvement
• Participation in department club or other organization
• Leadership development
• Exposure to international and/or diversity issues
• More collaborative learning environment
Expectations & Activities may vary from LC to LC. See each Learning Community's individual description to find out more about what they have to offer you.