Loyola University Chicago

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There are many benefits of living in a Loyola Learning Community. By participating in a Learning Community, you are more likely to:
 
  • Meet friends with similar interests
  • Explore your passions with faculty, staff, and students
  • Feel more connected to campus
  • Enhance your academic and social experiences
  • Broaden your perspectives with the theme of your community
  • Enjoy a smaller close-knit community within the larger university
  • Connect with professors in class and across campus
  • Take advantage of LC events and activities on and off campus
  • Feel more confident in your academic abilities
  • Achieve greater academic success
Learning Community applications are available online and may have different requirements based on the community. LEARN MORE OR APPLY NOW
We do our best to place as many students as possible in their first-choice learning community.  However, it is possible that students could be accepted into their second or third choice community.  If you are truly only interested in one community, please understand that this means there is a chance that you will not be placed in a learning community at all.  Because our learning communities are based on the values of the CORE Curriculum, most students find that they do have interest in more than one community and preferencing all the communities you are interested in will increase the opportunity for you to participate in one of the communities.
 
Learning Community acceptance for incoming first-year students will begin March 1st and will be done on a rolling bases through the deadline of May 1st.  Therefore, there is benefit to applying early.
 
For continuing Loyola students, all applications are viewed together after the February 3rd deadline.
About 1/3 of the First Year Class. During 2015-2016, approximately 500 first-year students participated in a Learning Community. Additionally, more than 250 first-year students participated in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and the Quinlan School of Business Honors Program.
No. Learning Community students pay the same rates as other students in their residence hall (depending on room type). VIEW ROOM AND BOARD RATES
Learning Communities are housed in many of our first-year residence halls. Most LCs are assigned to halls based on the number of interested students. All communities offer space for community gatherings, programs, and community engagement.
 
Due to the sustainability theme of GreenHouse, this Learning Community is housed in San Francisco Hall, our Gold LEED Certified building.
 
The Interdisciplinary Honors Program and Quinlan School of Business Honors Program students typically live together in Campion Hall.
Yes. Learning community students live together in a community of their own. If you would like to room with someone who is accepted to the same Learning Community as you, we are happy to accommodate those requests through the process indicated in your assignment email.
Yes. The Learning Community experience is centered around students living and learning together. Participating in both is the only way for students to truly get the most out of the experience and build the most supportive community.
Courses selected for the Learning Communities are based on the CORE Curriculum and fulfill degree requirements for all students at Loyola, regardless of major. Therefore, participating in a Learning Community does not add any courses to your regular curriculum.
 
Typically, first-year students take 4 credit hours together in the Fall semester and 3 credit hours together in the Spring semester while second-year and transfer students take 3 credit hours together in the Fall semester only. However, the academic requirements do vary by community. For a complete understanding of the curricular requirements for a specific Learning Community please see below.
 
Yes. The Learning Community program is centered around students living and learning together. Therefore, students are required to enroll in and complete the Learning Community course(s). Should a student decide not to take the required course(s), he/she will be choosing not to participate in the community. An alternate residential community will be found for the student.
 
LC Courses count as degree requirements or electives for most majors. If you believe that your required Learning Community class does not fit into your curriculum, you should contact your Academic Advisor directly.
No. The Learning Community and Honors Programs feature a specific residential component, as such, it is not possible to participate in both. However, if you're interested, you are encouraged to apply for both. If you are accepted to both programs, you will have the opportunity to choose the community in which you would like to participate.

Yes. You are welcome to participate in a Learning Community. However, Bridge also requires that you take specific classes as a part of the program, so you will not take the required Learning Community classes. It will be important for you to ensure that you participate as much as possible in the co-curricular aspects of the Community so that you develop solid relationships with your peers and foster friendships on your floor.

During New Student Orientation. Once you have made your admissions deposit, you will be able to sign up for an Orientation date. Orientation takes place during the summer and will give you an opportunity to get to know campus and develop some friendships before you start in the Fall. During Orientation, you will meet with your Academic Advisor and register for your fall semester classes. You are responsible for ensuring that you register for the correct LC classes, but your Advisor will help make sure you register correctly.
Incoming first-year students will participate in Orientation over the summer. In early May, you will be able to select the Orientation date that works best for you. During Orientation you will have the opportunity to become familiar with campus, develop friendships, and register for classes before you begin at Loyola in the Fall.