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.