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.

These communities 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 Application Process & Dates

Applications for the 2022-2023 Living-Learning Communities are due by May 1st, 2022.

All students who have completed the application process will receive notification of their status via their housing portal and UC email by May 3, 2022.

You must go into your housing portal and 'accept' or 'deny' your LLC offer by May 6, 2022.

Room selection for Living-Learning Communities will start in mid-May with notification of the day/time being sent to your UC email.

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 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Be a first-year or returning student who identifies as a first-generation OR Pell eligible OR underrepresented population.
  • Actively engage in the community through attending programs and participating fully.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the 1MPACT House.

  1. What is the highest level of education each of your parents have reached?
  2. In 100 words or less, why are you interested in livign in the 1MPACT House?

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.  

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.
Requirements
  • Be a first-year or returning student interested in social justice.
  • Live in Stratford Heights, Building 17, for the 2022-2023 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.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the Audre Lorde Social Justice House.

  1. Why do you want to be a member of the Audre Lorde Social Justice House?
  2. What areas of social justice do you find most compelling or want to learn more about?
  3. What do you envision the Audre Lorde Social Justice House community to look like an how can you contribute?

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.

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.
  • Attend exclusive meet and greets with representatives from wellness units on campus including the Campus Recreation Center, Dining Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
  • 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 practical ways to maintain your wellness.
  • Receive free, wellness centered supplies and swag.
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 2022-2023 academic year.
  • 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 HPE 1001 during fall semester. This 3-credit course can be taken online or in person.
  • Attend at least 2 Bearcats Wellness LLC sponsored or pre-approved wellness themed events/programs during fall and spring semesters.
  • Attend monthly mandatory LLC floor meetings. More information about dates to come.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the Bearcats Wellness community. Please provide at least 3-5 sentences response for each one.

  1. Why is wellness important to you?
  2. How do you forsee your membership in the Bearcats Wellness community contributing to your goals in college and beyond?
  3. In your opinion, what does it mean to be "well" as a college student?
  4. What does it mean to be a part of a community?

The DAAP Living-Learning Community is an inclusive community that connects students pursuing their studies in DAAP. Students in DAAP take discipline-focused course work, and this community provides an opportunity to connect with students in other DAAP majors to begin building a network of peers pursuing similar interests. The benefits for students that choose to participate in the community include:

  • Workshops and programs designed to support your academic and personal success (e.g. time management tips, portfolio feedback).
  • Opportunities to network with faculty and staff outside of a classroom setting.
  • A community of students with a passion for creativity and problem solving.
Requirements
  • Be a first-year student in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning
  • Live in Daniels Hall, on a designated floor, for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Roommates must also be first-year students accepted into the DAAP Living-Learning Community. 
  • Attend events throughout the semester designed to foster strong residence hall communities.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the DAAP Living-Learning Community.

  1. Why are you interested in being a member of the DAAP Living-Learning Community?
  2. What are you hoping to gain by being a part of this community?
  3. How will you contribute to this inclusive community?

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 Turner 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 the broader community. Students who decide to live in the ALLC participate in various service-learning projects and meet monthly. Members of this community engage in dialogues and reflection that facilitate a sense of pride in one’s racial and ethnic identity and 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. This Living-Learning Community is not a requirement for participation in the Transitions or Turner Scholars Programs; it is an optional enhancement of the experience that allows students to connect more with individuals who share values for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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 how their personal and social identities affect how they engage in different spaces.
  • Build meaningful relationships with students in the ALLC.
Requirements
  • Be a first-year student accepted into the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program and/or Transitions Program.
  • Live in Turner Hall, on a designated floor, for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Roommates must also be first-year students accepted into the Dr. P. Eric Abercrumbie community.
  • Participate in monthly meetings for the ALLC, attend cultural campus events, and participate in service-learning projects.
  • Meet the expectations and requirements of the Darwin T. Turner Scholars and/or Transitions Program.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the ALLC.

  1. In 150-300 words, please explain what legacy you hope to leave through being a champion of diversity and inclusion at the University of Cincinnati? 

Supported by the Department of Engineering Education (DEE), the ELLC is a residence-based learning community in Daniels HallTurner 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 live in an environment that fosters community, collaborative learning, and campus engagement; additionally, ELLC students will be grouped together in their first-year courses, allowing students to form dynamic study and support groups outside of the classroom. ELLC students will participate in activities that expose them to engineering faculty, like FUEL Faculty Dinners; that connect them to student organizations on campus, like Tribunal; and that promote on-going development of leadership and problem-solving skills, like the Paper Rollercoaster and other design contests. ELLC students also have leadership opportunities through election on the ELLC Leadership Board, serving as the first-year liaisons to DEE. 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.

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.
Requirements
  • Live in Daniels HallMarian Spencer Hall, or Turner Hall, on designated floors, for the 2022-2023 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.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the ELLC.

  1. In what ways have you positivtely contributed to a community (academic, extracurricular, athletic, professional, etc.) in the past?
  2. Describe a time where you had to work with someone culturally, racially, or ethnically different from you. What did you learn from this experience?
  3. Why do you want to live in the ELLC? How will living in the ELLC positvitely impact your first-year experience at UC? 

Lindner College of Business community is an opportunity for first-year students entering the Lindner College of Business to acclimate to college life with other like-minded students. Lindner 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 College of Business 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 the Lindner Business community will live together but also learn together in an inclusive environment that promotes collaboration and success.

Requirements
  • Be a first-year student accepted into a Lindner College of Business major (could be a traditional or honors student).
  • Live in Morgens Hall, on designated floors, for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Roommates must also be first-year students who have been accepted into the Lindner College of Business.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the Lindner College of Business community. 

  1. Why do you want to live in the Lindner College of Business Living-Learning Community?

The Scholars in Transition LLC connects first- and second- year students of any major to live and learn in an authentic community with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.  Founded in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Technology (CECH), Scholars in Transition was intentionally created to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.  The purpose of Scholars in Transition is to proactively assist students in discovering their paths to enrich our communities and global society.

As a result of participating in the Scholars in Transition community, students will:
  • Live in Marian Spencer Hall with Transition and Access Program  (TAP) students and students from various majors. TAP is a program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Make new friendships, help each other in new social settings, and value each other’s contributions.  
  • Belong to a caring environment with support from faculty and mentors to make the college transition easier.  
  • Be leaders in living an authentic inclusive college experience and become empowered advocates positively impacting the university
Requirements
  • Live in Marian Spencer Hall, on a designated floor, for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Be a first- or returning student enrolled in the Transition and Access Program OR any other program where students are interested and committed to creating authentic inclusive peer connections.
  • Attend events throughout the semester designed to foster strong residence hall communities.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the Scholars in Transition community.

  1. Provide an example of an experience in your life that required you to overcome personal feelings of anxiety, change your perspective, or challenge preconceived notions, and what did you learn from this experience?
  2. What do you expect to gain from and contribute to living in the Scholars in Transition community?
  3. Why is it important to you to live in a community that centers on equity and inclusion?

The UC the World LLC is an on-campus residential community designed to foster and appreciate cultural diversity. Through organized internationally focused events and activities, the LLC will facilitate interactions between students with varied life experiences and backgrounds. Students will develop a global lens that focuses on the importance of cross-cultural connections and the exploration of international issues.  International and domestic students are encouraged to apply in an effort to create a well-rounded community that promotes international cultures on campus and better prepares students for international experiences.   

Requirements
  • Be a first-year or returning student.
  • Both domestic and international students can apply.
  • Live in the designated LLC spaces in University Park Apartments for 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Be open-minded, curious, and interested in making international connections.
  • Actively engage in the community and organized programming.
Application Essay Questions

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the UC the World LLC.

  1. How does the UC the World LLC connect to your academic, personal, and/or professional goals?
  2. Is there a specific international issue or culture that you would like to learn more about?
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

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.

As a result of participating in the Women in Science community, 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.
Requirements
  • Be a first-year female-identified student with a major or interest in science or medically related field.
  • Live in Dabney Hall, on a designated floor, for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Be an active participant in the community and events held for the LLC.
Living-Learning Communities

As a part of your housing application, you will be asked the following questions to apply for the Women in Science community. 

  1. Why are you interested in being a member of the Women in Science community?
  2. What are your current career goals and how do you plan to enhance the field of science while studying at UC?
  3. What are you hoping to gain by being a part of this community? How can you contribute to this community?

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, Marian Spencer 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

Want to live in a community with other students in your college program? Then a themed floor 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 Wellness - Turner Hall

DAAP - Daniels Hall

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

Engineering (ELLC) - Daniels Hall, Marian Spencer Hall, or Turner Hall

Lindner College of Business - Morgens Hall

Scholars in Transition - Marian Spencer Hall

UC the World - University Park Apartments

Women in Science - Dabney Hall

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

Review the specific Living-Learning Community to find out more on how to apply. For most, you will be able to select and apply for the 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.