Living-Learning Communities

A group of students from a living learning community.

Interested in living with students in your college or who share common interests? Then you may be interested in our Living-Learning Communities. Resident Education and Development partners with colleges, programs and organizations to create communities within communities in our residence halls.

While no one is required to choose a special interest option, potential benefits include having common classes with roommates or neighbors and ease in forming study groups.

Make note of the communities that interest you. You will be asked to complete a couple of essay questions for the LLC that interests you most as part of your University Housing application.


Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are smaller, residential communities that provide students a dynamic educational experience with others who have a similar academic interest. Students live together on the same residence hall floor(s) to engage and learn through in-class and out-of-the classroom connections with peers, faculty, and staff. Students can enhance their college experience and gain a better sense of community while at UC. Each LLC is unique, varying in the type of academic connection, in-hall activities, and eligibility requirements. All of our LLCs offer students a space to live and learn with their peers to allow for lasting connections and academic success

Each LLC is unique, based on academic connection, in-hall activities and eligibility requirements. All of our LLCs offer students a space to live and learn with their peers to allow for lasting connections and academic success. They are created to assist students in becoming engaged citizens and experience-based learners for their academic success. LLCs connect to Resident Education & Learning Development’s Core Values of Learning, Leadership, Inclusion and Community.

LLC Benefits

Research has shown that there are benefits of living in a LLC. Some of these include:

  • Opportunity to live with other students who share a similar academic interest
  • Connection to faculty and staff outside of the classroom
  • Increased sense of community and connection to the university
  • Greater knowledge of the specific LLC topic

If you have questions or would like more information about a LLC contact REDlearning@uc.edu.

LLC Descriptions

1MPACT House – located in Stratford Heights, is an LLC for first generation college students – students whose parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree. 1MPACT House residents come from majors all over the university. Living in 1MPACT House supports students as they manage the new-found freedom and responsibility of being in college. 1MPACT House enhances student success in three areas:

Academics

  • Mentoring and tutoring
  • Study sessions focused on common first-year courses
  • In house faculty engagement and academic advising

Personal

  • Early Arrival Program for a strong, smart start
  • Workshops on topics like financial aid, studying abroad and working on campus
  • Cooking classes in 1MPACT House's full kitchen

Social

  • Cultural Events
  • Outreach, service and engagement projects on UC's campus and in the community
  • Housemates that will become first (and best!) college friends

Requirements

  • Live in Stratford Heights, Building 12, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Be a first-year student who identifies as a first-generation OR Pell eligible OR under-represented minority.
  • Actively engage in the community through attending programs and participating fully.

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.      - Audre Lorde

The Audre Lorde Social Justice House provides a supportive and inclusive community through exploration of differences, developing skills for allyship and advocacy, and leading social change.

The Audre Lorde Social Justice House is a gender inclusive community designed for students interested in social justice. Located in Stratford Heights, the Audre Lorde Social Justice House is a supportive and inclusive community where students will share time and space with others who have similar passions and values. The house is committed to Audre Lorde’s belief that the core of social justice is recognizing, understanding, and celebrating differences. Together, the community will explore their differences through discovering foundations of social justice, social activism and social change through workshops, speakers, and civic engagement. Living in the Audre Lorde Social Justice House will prepare students to be the change agents needed in society.

As a university committed to excellence and diversity, the Audre Lorde Social Justice House is dedicated to helping the University of Cincinnati maintain its commitment to creating an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish in order to develop educated and engaged students.

There are Gender Inclusive Housing options available across campus for students that best meet their needs, gender expression, gender identity, and comfortableness in transition. The Audre Lorde Social Justice House was created as a space for like-minded individuals looking for an inclusive and supportive environment to create a community that celebrates all students regardless of sex, gender, race, etc. For students not interested in the Audre Lorde Social Justice House but would like to explore Gender Inclusive Housing, they are encouraged to contact Assistant Director of Resident Education & Development, Aleia White, early in the housing request process so that they may be offered the widest range of possible housing options.  

Requirements

  • Live in Stratford Heights, Building 17, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Attend all community meetings and at least one event per month.
  • Uphold the standards of being in an inclusive and supportive community.
  • Actively engage in the community through attending programs and participating fully.

Members of the Audre Lorde Social Justice House will have the opportunity to

  • Identify ways to incorporate self-care into their daily routine, as a way of sustaining activism.
  • Develop skills to be leaders in their community through allyship and advocacy.
  • Create an inclusive and supportive environment through exploring aspects of identity and differences.
  • Discover ways to challenges views and opinions that invites dialogue and creates safe spaces.
  • Demonstrate strategies that facilitate positive social change through community engagement

Possible Programming

  • Discussions with professionals on a variety of topics ranging from intersectionality to the political climate
  • Panels consisting of community organizations and professionals
  • Field trips to local non-profit organizations, community events and museums

Students interested in learning more about social justice concepts, advocacy and activism are invited to join, and can indicate interest on their Housing application. All interested students will be contacted prior to assignments to discuss interest in further detail. For questions or more information contact REDlearning@uc.edu.

Bearcats Abroad is a community committed to helping students understand the meaning and practice of global leadership. Students living in this community share an interest in learning about others’ cultures and traditions and how to make an impact through service and traveling internationally. In review of their personal and academic goals, each student will take steps toward outlining a plan to enhance their level of intercultural competency and will be given opportunities to explore the foundations of global leadership.

Requirements

  • Be a second- or first-year student interested in study abroad.
  • Both international and domestic students can live on the floor.
  • Live in University Park Apartments, on a designated floor, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Attend at least one Bearcats Abroad LLC Information Session.
  • Actively engage in the community through attending programs and participating fully.

Bearcats Wellness is a community where members are encouraged to maintain a lifestyle that supports academic success, personal development, well-being, and sense of community. Residents work to promote healthy choices within the LLC and throughout the University of Cincinnati. As a member of the community, students will enjoy specialized opportunities including retreats, excursions, and workshops on different dimensions of wellness, including emotional, mental, physical, and social health. The LLC empowers students to put wellness at the center of their higher education experience to maximize positive and professional outcomes.

Requirements

  • First-year student with a strong desire to cultivate and maintain a healthy lifestyle, whatever that looks like for them.
  • Live in Turner Hall, on a designated floor, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Asked to abstain from the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco while at LLC sponsored events and in Turner Hall.
  • Roommates must also be first-year students who have been accepted into the Bearcats Wellness community.
  • Required to enroll in Personal Health course during fall semester.
  • Encouraged to take Stress Management course and Stress Reduction course during the spring semester.
  • Attend mandatory meetings and events.

Members of Bearcats Wellness will have the opportunity to

  • Engage in wellness activities and events across all dimensions of wellness, including nutrition, stress management, fitness, sexual health, alcohol, drugs, financial wellness, mental wellness and healthy relationships.
  • Gain a sense of belonging on campus with other first year students who want to learn how to improve their holistic wellness.
  • Get exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of UC’s state-of-the-art facilities like the nationally ranked Campus Recreation Center, dining centers and counseling center.
  • Learn about a variety of wellness resources that provide support personally and academically to a UC student.
  • Set wellness goals and begin working toward them in a supportive environment.
  • Receive personal attention from full-time professional staff who will help teach you practice ways to maintain your wellness.
  • Take off-campus excursions that inspire wellness.
  • Track their wellness efforts and earn points that can be redeemed for wellness prizes and swag.

The Dr. P. Eric Abercrumbie Living-Learning Community (ALLC), supported by the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services (EPS) and the African American Cultural & Resource Center (AACRC), is a residence-based learning community in Siddall Hall for students who have been accepted into the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program and/or the Transitions Program. Participants will live in an environment that fosters personal and social identity development, leadership engagement, and academic success.

Through this community, we honor the history and legacy of those who came before, while providing students the opportunity to create their own path towards leaving their mark at the University of Cincinnati and larger community. Students participate in a variety of service learning projects and meet on a weekly basis. Members of this community engage in dialogues and reflection that facilitate a sense of pride in one’s racial and ethnic identity, as well as their other intersecting identities.

By applying and being accepted into the Dr. P. Eric Abercrumbie LLC, you agree to commit to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Requirements

  • Be a first-year student accepted into the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program and/or Transitions Program.
  • Live in Siddall Hall, on designated floors, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Roommates must also be first-year students accepted into the Dr. P. Eric Abercrumbie community.
  • Meet the expectations and requirements of the Darwin T. Turner Scholars and/or Transitions Program

As a result of participating in the Dr. P. Eric Abercrumbie LLC, students will

  • Engage in respectful dialogue and discourse with individuals who may or may not share their respective personal and social identities.
  • Recognize their leadership capacity, develop their own personal definition of leadership, and translate this into tangible action.
  • Identify the ways in which their personal and social identities affect how they engage in different spaces.

Supported by the Department of Engineering Education (DEE), the ELLC is a residence-based learning community in Daniels Hall and Marian Spencer Hall for first-year students who have been accepted into the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). Students from all CEAS majors will live in an environment that fosters community, collaborative learning, and campus engagement; additionally, the LLC students will be grouped together in all of their first-year courses, which will allow students to form dynamic study and support groups outside of the classroom. LLC students will participate in activities like Success in College, workshops, FUEL Faculty Dinners, and design contests that will support their leadership development during their first year. By selecting the ‘ELLC’ on your Housing application, you agree to enroll in any first-year ENED courses (regardless of outside credit) and attend required events throughout the semester.

Requirements

  • Live in Daniels Hall or Marian Spencer Hall, on designated floors, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Roommates must also be first-year students who have been accepted into the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the ELLC community.
  • Enroll in any first-year ENED courses (regardless of outside credit).
  • Attend events throughout the semester designed to foster strong residence hall communities.

As a result of participating in the ELLC, students will

  • Engage in activities that enhance their academic success
  • Explain how their strengths enable them to lead self and others
  • See themselves as engineers
  • Identify themselves as members of the CEAS and UC communities

Possible programming

  • In-hall tutoring with CEAS upper-class students

Lindner Business Honors community is an opportunity for first-year students entering the Lindner College of Business Honors Programs (Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS, Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars & Circle of Excellence) to acclimate to college life with other like-minded students. Lindner Business Honors students have the chance to live in Morgens Hall and build a community together that will allow them to form life-long friendships and network with one another. There will be activities throughout the year for students to engage in Lindner Business Honors programming with social events, professional speakers and more. Participating in a living-learning community is positively linked to engagement as well as overall satisfaction with college. Students within Lindner Business Honors will live together but also learn together in an inclusive environment that promotes collaboration and success.

Requirements

  • Be a first-year student in one of the Lindner College of Business Honors Programs: Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS, Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars, or Circle of Excellence. (Please note: Lindner Honors-PLUS is required to live in Morgens Hall with the Lindner Business Honors Living-Learning Community)
  • Live in Morgens Hall, on designated floors, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Roommates must also be first-year students who have been accepted into the Lindner Business Honors community

The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Community represents like-minded college students interested in a career of service to the nation. Students enrolled in ROTC enjoy the benefits of receiving training and education in leadership and military competencies as well as participate in everyday student life like joining clubs, fraternities, and sororities and being an overall an integral part of the Bearcats family. Students interested in living among other ROTC members can chose to become a part of the ROTC Living-Learning Community and live in Calhoun Hall.

Requirements

  • To be a member of ROTC
    • Be a US citizen
    • Between ages of 17-26
    • High school GPA of at least 2.5
    • High School Diploma or equivalent
    • Minimum of 1000 on the SAT or 19 ACT
    • Meet physical fitness and medical standards by the Department of Defense
    • Be a University student that is curious about military service
    • After committing, agree to accept a commission and serve as an Army officer
  • Live in Calhoun Hall, on designated floors, for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Goals

One of the many goals of our community is to bring together a diverse group of individuals with broad interest who want to serve their country and teach them how to succeed in a competitive world both in college and beyond.

To produce Army officers and citizens of tomorrow who reflect the diversity of America’s communities and meet the Nation’s needs by inculcating an ethos of unity, integrity, dignity, trust, respect, responsibility, accountability, commitment, and critical thinking.

Scholars in Transition connects first- and second-year students who have an excitement of living and learning in an authentic community. Undergraduate students in this community, living in Marian Spencer Hall, will be selected from the Transition and Access Program (TAP) and the Human Development and Community Engagement Program (HDCE) through the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Both programs, TAP and HDCE, have a goal of creating self-directed and empowered students that live, learn, and lead in an inclusive welcoming community. As a LLC, the purpose will be to create an intentional community that proactively assist students in discovering their path and obtaining skills, knowledge, and experiences to achieve a personal vision.

Requirements

  • Live in Marian Spencer Hall on a designated floor for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Be a first- and second-year student enrolled in the Transition and Access Program OR the Human Development and Community Engagement Program through the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.
  • Attend events throughout the semester designed to foster strong residence hall communities.

As a result of participating in the Scholars in Transition community, students will

  • Create intentional community where every member is valued.
  • Experience a smooth academic and social transition to college.
  • Develop personal visions and reflective practices on experiences, outcomes, and opportunities that impact future goals.
  • Develop skills and knowledge that support communication, building healthy relationships, problem-solving, and decision making.
  • Contribute to an inclusive, authentic community through active engagement in curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Women in Science is a unique opportunity for first-year female students interested in pursuing a career in a science or medically related field. Students in this community will have the opportunity to build a social network, get connected to staff and faculty, and learn ways to be involved on campus. Emphasis will be placed on overcoming the barrier that women often face in the workforce due to gender inequality, gender stereotypes, and the current uneven ratio of men to women in these fields. There will be opportunities to interact with others in the community all while developing your scientific passion and professional career.

Requirements

  • Be a first-year female-identified student with a major or interest in science or medically related field.
  • Live in Daniels Hall on a designated floor for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Be an active participant in the community and events held for the LLC.

As a result of participating in the Women in Science LLC, students will

  • Develop a community focused on scholarship, engagement, and leadership through shared experiences and ideas.
  • Identify leadership skills to advocate for self and others in academic and professional environments.
  • Explain how women and their experiences have contributed to society and the field of STEM.
  • Discover how to access resources, both on and off campus, for support, advocacy, and mentorship.

Priority Housing for Honors Students

University Honors Program (UHP) students are not required to live in honors housing. Rather, it is a special-interest housing option that many of our students choose. Honors housing is available for UHP students in Scioto Hall and Turner Hall. These halls provide a variety of accommodation and cost options to our students.

Eligible honors students that have completed a housing application and paid the room reservation fee will have the opportunity to select their room assignment prior to the general assignment process.


Themed Floors and Buildings

Want to live in a community with other students in your college program? Then Themed Communities may be for you! If you are interested in any of these communities, contact the college or program linked below:


FAQ

In order for roommate requests to be considered, all applicants must be in the same Living-Learning Community. Research has found that living with students in the Living-Learning Community can increase involvement, community, and academic success.

A Living-Learning Community (LLC) is through Resident Education & Development in partnership with Student Affairs, Campus Services, and an academic unit and/or sponsoring department(s). A LLC is a residential community of students who have shared academic interests and are provided opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. A Learning Community (LC) through Learning Commons is a non-residential community of students who have a shared academic interests and interact in two or more university courses. These communities are through specific university colleges and are linked by an LC meeting time that is facilitated by a Peer Leader.

There is no additional cost to participate in a Living-Learning Community. However, there will be variance in pricing for the specific buildings the Living-Learning Community resides in.

Every LLC has varying expectations and requirements to participate in the program. Programs and events will occur throughout the academic year providing opportunities for learning about academic interest, developing friendships, and creating community on the floor. Students in certain LLCs may have additional requirements such as meetings or taking a predetermined academic course together. For more information, please review each Living-Learning Community's information.

You will live on a designated floor(s) within a hall with fellow Living-Learning Community students.

1mpact House – Stratford Heights

Audre Lorde Social Justice House - Stratford Heights

Bearcats Abroad – University Park Apartments

Bearcats Wellness – Turner Hall

Dr. P. Eric Abercrumbie House (ALLC) - Siddall Hall

Engineering - Daniels Hall & Marian Spencer Hall

Lindner Business Honors - Morgens Hall

ROTC - Calhoun Hall

Scholars in Transition – Marian Spencer Hall

Women in Science - Daniels Hall

Some communities allow for upperclass students. Please read the descriptions above for more information. 

Professional staff members from Resident Education & Development collaborates with Housing Services and a sponsoring department to lead the program.

Review the specific Living-Learning Community to find out more on how to apply. For most, you will be able to select the community on your housing application.

If you need information about housing, such as how to apply for housing, the cost of housing, the size of room, etc. you can visit the Housing Services website or call 513-556-6461. For information on a specific Living-Learning Community, you can contact REDlearning@uc.edu.

During Summer Orientation, you will work with your advisor to enroll in the courses connected to your Living-Learning Community.