Learning Communities

Learning Communities at the University of Cincinnati are made up of diverse groups of students and faculty who come together because of shared academic interests to interact in two or more university courses. There are more than 100 different learning communities for students to choose from at UC. During Bearcats Bound Orientation, incoming freshmen have the opportunity to join a learning community based upon their major or area of academic interest. The partnerships that first year students form with faculty, staff, and other students in learning communities provides a cohesive learning experience centered around courses that fulfill core requirements. To learn more about learning communities in your college, ask your advisor today!

The Learning Community experience helps students:

  • Establish close relationships with professors
  • Explore areas of academic interest
  • Build friendships with classmates
  • Achieve their academic goals
  • Experience the feel of a small college with the benefits of a major university
  • Obtain reserved seats in popular, difficult to-get-into courses

Student Reflection

"When applying for college, I often asked myself, “How am I going to get involved in college? How will I make friends in my classes? How will I even know where my classes are!?” Thanks to my first-year experience at the University of Cincinnati, all of these common fears disappeared.

It all started at Bearcat Bound Orientation where I met people whom I am still friends with today. Then I attended the Convocation where I met other freshman in my college, and was introduced to my Learning Community. In my Learning Community, I met other freshman who not only shared the same major as me, but also the same interests and fears. We all figured out where our classes were together, conquered our first college exam and somewhere along the way we became really good friends. I soon found myself with a group of people to study with, volunteer with and a Peer Leader to look up to. Through my Peer Leader I was able to learn about all the things that UC has to offer, things I don’t think I would have been able to find out on my own. I was able to learn about clubs and organizations, one of them being Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), a national honor society.

I never would have imagined I would be holding a position in an organization in college, but because of my first-year experience I am! I am now an active member in ALD, and the Director of Recruitment. As I enter my second year of college, I have a better understanding of what to expect, how I can get involved, where my classes are, and a good group of friends! I believe my first-year experience attributed to my success as a first year student and built a good foundation for me to continue with and evolve even more as a person and UC student."

First-Year Student