Learning Communities are groups of students that live together on a floor or several floors of a residence hall. Learning Communities are intentional, inclusive communities formed around common themes where students live and learn together. Engaging the Jesuit tradition of truth-seeking and reflection, Learning Communities invite students to integrate their learning in and out of class. These communities cultivate holistic student growth and enhance learning by fostering collaborative and enduring connections among students, faculty, and staff. Learning Communities are tied to an academic area or program (for example, Engineering), or a common interest (for example, The Arts). There are no additional requirements involved to join a Learning Community, but being involved can open up countless academic, personal, and leadership opportunities.
First- Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are groups of one to four courses that Learning Community students take together during their fall semester. Many students at Saint Louis University have found that a great way to start their path at SLU is through the First-Year Interest Groups within Learning Communities. Students in these communities share a common purpose where coursework, service, and social activities are designed to enhance the experience of living on campus and promote a learning lifestyle. Each Learning Community has at least one FIG that gives students the unique opportunity to take classes with other students that are involved in the same Learning Community. You do not have to be in a FIG to live in or be involved in the Learning Community.
Learning Communities are a great way for students to meet people and make friends that have similar interests! Take some time and learn about the LCs and FIGs offered at SLU so that you will be able to make an informed decision when completing the housing application. Exploring your interests and making new friends are big parts of the college experience. SLU's Learning Communities make it easy to do both. Below are the available Learning Communities for the 2013-2014 Academic Year:
Not sure what Learning Community to join? Take our LC Quiz to find out which community might be a good fit for you!
Open Learning Communities:
Restricted Learning Communities:
Mission Statement of the Learning Communities Program
The mission of the Learning Communities Program at Saint Louis University is to create intentional, inclusive communities formed around common themes where students live and learn together. Engaging the Jesuit tradition of truth-seeking and reflection, Learning Communities invite students to integrate their learning in and out of class. These communities cultivate holistic student growth and enhance learning by fostering collaborative and enduring connections among students, faculty, and staff.
Purpose of the Learning Communities and First-Year Interest Groups
Although SLU's residential learning communities (LCs) and First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) provide different kinds of experiences for students, they have a shared purpose. Together, LCs and FIGs are intended to provide students with settings and opportunities to:
(1) experience successful academic and social transitions to college, and
(2) integrate and apply curricular and co-curricular experiences to achieve University-Wide Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes.
In general, the FIGs provide experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, that facilitate active engagement with subject matter, peers, and faculty to achieve desired academic outcomes. The LCs use residential programs, practices, and policies to create communities that complement and enhance students' academic experiences. Although each makes unique contributions to achieving desired first-year learning outcomes, combining the elements of both results in especially powerful first-year learning experiences.
Outcomes of the Learning Communities and First-Year Interest Groups
Specific experiences intended to facilitate successful academic and social transitions include:
Academic Success: To assist students to make a successful academic transition to college in general and SLU in particular, LCs and FIGs will offer programs, activities, and structures that:
- Facilitate academic engagement inside and outside the classroom, including deep engagement with subject matter;
- Provide opportunities for interaction with faculty outside the classroom;
- Engage students with campus resources that support academic success;
- Assist students to clarify academic goals and plans;
- Assist students to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences to enhance the learning and development outcomes of both.
Community Development: To assist students to make a successful social transition to college in general and SLU in particular, LCs and FIGs will offer programs, activities, and structures that:
- Foster learning about community, including experiences that teach how to create and how to maintain a strong community, as well has how to live in community effectively;
- Facilitate appreciation for, and understanding of, differences among community members;
- Provide opportunities to interact with, and learn from, off-campus communities.
Self-Development: To assist students to adapt effectively to college in general and SLU in particular, LCs and FIGs will offer programs, activities, and structures that:
- Facilitate self-discovery;
- Facilitate self-awareness;
- Support development of effective independent decision-making skills;
- Support development of effective leadership skills.