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Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are special interest communities within the residence halls. LLCs provide an opportunity for students with similar interests to live in the same hall or on the same floor, creating an educational community that supports its residents. The communities allow students to enjoy both unique activities related to a theme as well as create more traditional, social, and recreational opportunities.

Academic Seminar Option

Some living-learning communities include an optional academic component. In addition to living within the community, residents have the opportunity to participate in a one or two-unit seminar typically offered during the fall quarter. Once per week, faculty or staff lead discussions on a variety of topics related to the theme of the community.

How To Apply

Prospective residents who are interested in participating in a living-learning community need to indicate their interest when applying for housing by filling out the appropriate sections of the application.

Course Registration Numbers (CRN) for the optional seminars will be provided during Summer Orientation (by email or from Orientation Leaders) and/or Fall Welcome Week so that students can register for the seminar.

NOTE: students are not guaranteed housing in a living-learning community, and are given consideration based upon the priority they assign to the community in their application relative to other living preferences (gender and occupancy) as well as random lottery number.

The Communities

There are many living-learning communities at UC Davis. General descriptions of each program are located below. Please note that the descriptions are broad due to the fact that the communities are driven by the participation of their residents, which creates a dynamic and unique experience each year.

Living-learning communities are located in specific residence halls and floors. Building locations for each community are listed in the descriptions below; however, they are subject to change and may be adjusted after the application deadline passes to accommodate demand.

African American & African

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring the African Diaspora are encouraged to join this living-learning community. Living in this community allows students with similar interests to create lifelong friendships, partake in programming and dialogue that is mindful of issues surrounding African culture, and provides students with opportunities to be involved in the Davis community.

The community is connected to the Center for African Diaspora Student Success and African American and African Studies Department and offers an optional seminar.

Residence Hall Location: Tercero Area - Campbell Hall for 2017-18.

Aggie Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs (ABLE)

The Aggie Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs (ABLE) living-learning community is designed for students interested in exploring the field of business and management, big ideas, innovation and creativity, or putting together teams. This vibrant community is connected to the Graduate School of Management and offers an optional fall seminar as well as a new optional winter seminar focused on developing entrepreneurs.

Residence Hall Location: Segundo Area - Miller Hall for 2017-18.

Aggie Explorers

The Aggie Explorers living-learning community provides direction for first-year students who are curious and interested in exploring academic and career opportunities, while learning more about the UC Davis majors that support their goals. The community is open to all students who are admitted “Undeclared” in the College of Letters & Science (L&S), or “Exploratory” in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CA&ES).

This community offers an optional fall academic seminar* for students to learn about majors and engage in dialogue with faculty, academic counselors, and other first year student, Aggie Explorers.

*Note: The academic seminar will be open first to L&S students for enrollment. If capacity allows, CA&ES students will be allowed to enroll in the seminar due to similar opportunities available through the CA&ES “Career Discovery Groups.” All students are welcome to live in this community and participate in supplemental programs.

Residence Hall Location: Tercero Area - Scrub Oak Hall for 2017-18.

Asian Pacific American Theme House

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring Asian American cultures are encouraged to join this living-learning community. The Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) provides students the space to immerse themselves in Asian Pacific American history, culture, and community at UC Davis and in the greater Davis area. Students will have the opportunity to create lifelong friendships, while partaking in co-curricular programming, dialogue, and activities relevant to the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Residence Hall Location: Segundo Area - Alder Hall for 2017-18.

Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program

The Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP) is an intensive enrichment program for undergraduates who have a strong interest in undergraduate research in biology. BUSP enriches the undergraduate experience by providing exciting and challenging opportunities for students to learn about and participate in the biological sciences. BUSP students enroll in a specially designed, rigorous academic program during their first two years of college, can work in a biology research laboratory during their sophomore year, and meet regularly with skilled advisers who offer academic guidance and personal support.

Each year incoming Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) first-year students are invited to apply for admission to BUSP, and upon admission, new BUSP members sign a three-quarter contract to participate in the program. For more information about the BUSP program, eligibility requirements, and application process please visit the Educational Enrichment & Outreach Programs BUSP website.

Residence Hall Location: Cuarto Area - Thoreau Hall for 2017-18.

Casa Cuauhtémoc (Chicano-Latino Theme House)

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring the Chicano and Latino cultures in a cross-cultural setting are encouraged to join this living-learning community. Through participation in this community, students will gain a deeper understanding of the issues and events affecting Chicano and Latino society.

The community is connected to the Center for Chicana/o Studies and Department of Chicana/o Studies and offers an optional seminar (download a sample Casa Cuauhtémoc syllabus).

Residence Hall Location: Segundo Area - Thompson Hall for 2017-18.

Engineering

The Engineering living-learning community is an excellent program for those pursuing an Engineering major and for those who might consider it in the future. Students participating in this community will participate in a range of programs, activities, and events related to the theme of engineering.

Residence Hall Location: Tercero Area - Kearney Hall for 2017-18.

Environmental & Agricultural Sustainability Education

The Environmental & Agricultural Sustainability Education (EASE) living-learning community is open to all students interested in local, regional, and global issues relating to the environment and agriculture. Students participating in the EASE community will have the opportunity to participate in programs, activities, and events related to the environment, agriculture, and sustainability.

Residence Hall Location: Segundo Area - Malcolm Hall for 2017-18.

Health Sciences Community

The Health Sciences living-learning community enables students to live, study, and socialize with students interested in health-related fields. Students have the opportunity to connect with Pre-Health Advising, explore majors and career fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, ophthalmology and other aspects of health sciences, and meet and mingle with current professionals, staff and faculty to gain personal insight into this career path. This community offers an optional seminar.

Residence Hall Location: Tercero Area - Wall Hall for 2017-18.

Leadership in Engineering Advancement, Diversity and Retention

The Leadership in Engineering Advancement, Diversity and Retention (LEADR) is a comprehensive student support program with the goal to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse population of students from the College of Engineering. LEADR is a new LLC focused on primarily supporting first-generation and traditionally underserved engineering students through their academic, personal and professional development goals.

Each May, first generation and/or Education Enrichment & Outreach Program (EOP) Engineering students are invited to participate in the living learning community, and other interested students are encouraged to preference the Engineering floor on their Student Housing application. For more information about LEADR, the eligibility requirements, and application process please visit the College of Engineering LEADR Program website.

Residence Hall Location: Tercero Area - Kearney Hall for 2017-18.

Middle East/South Asian

The ME/SA (Middle Eastern/South Asian) living-learning community gives students of all cultures, identities, and interests a supportive space, which they can openly explore, challenge, and understand their cultural, ethnic, and spiritual identities and engage in productive dialogue. The Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian communities that create ME/SA share a rich and active history of cultural exchange. Positioning these communities together is an acknowledgment of how much they share historically, geographically, spiritually, and culturally.

Residence Hall Location: Segundo Area - Regan Hall, Rienda Building for 2017-18.

Multi-Ethnic Program

The Multi-Ethnic Program (MEP) is designed to provide peer support for residents who wish to expand their knowledge of different cultures, including race, ethnicity, religion, geographic region and many other aspects of our diverse community. Activities and programs focus on the particular needs and cultures represented by the residents in the community each year.

Residence Hall Location: Tercero Area - Hawthorn Hall for 2017-18.

Music, Arts, & Performance

The Music, Arts and Performance (MAP) living-learning community brings together students who have an interest or skill in the arts, such as music, theater, dance, visual art, design, and techno-cultural studies. Community members tend to share a spirit of creativity and collaboration while forming informal musical groups or organizing efforts to showcase residents' talents.

Residence Hall Location: Segundo Area - Regan Hall, Sereno Building for 2017-18.

Native American Theme Program

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring Native cultures and indigenous issues through interaction with the Native community are welcome to participate in this living-learning community. Residents in this community have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular experiences that raise awareness about the impact of race and racism on individual identities, cross cultural communication, life opportunities, and various forms of social inequalities.

Residence Hall Location: Segundo Area - Regan Hall, Campo Building for 2017-18.

Rainbow Community

Rainbow House is a community open to members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning community. Students in the community explore their identity, learn about issues facing the LGBTIQ community, and become connected to supportive resources on campus.

Residence Hall Location: Cuarto Area - Thoreau Hall for 2017-18.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP) is designed to enrich the diverse needs of academically high achieving, high potential and socially conscious students through rigorous interdisciplinary opportunities that foster active and collaborative learning, and engage contemporary and enduring issues. UHP students gain closer contact with faculty and experience dynamic peer interactions through small, interactive classes that fulfill General Education and Major requirements. This enables students residing in this living-learning community to develop friendships and work collaboratively both inside and outside the classroom. A select number of admitted students are invited to participate in the program. For more information, we invite you to visit the University Honors Program website to learn more about the program and living-learning community.

Residence Hall Location: Tercero Area - Currant Hall for 2017-18.

Wellness Community

The Wellness LLC is an engaged community that fosters balanced living through academic and personal journeys of wellness. In the Wellness LLC, students work to cultivate and maintain a healthful lifestyle as it applies to self, spirituality and community. This community is open to students from all majors who are interested in learning about holistic wellness. Activities will be offered incorporating the topics of healthful living, nutrition, fitness, emotional well-being and positive social interaction.

Residence Hall Location: Segundo Area - Bixby Hall for 2017-18.

Living Preference Communities

Living Preference communities are communities within the residence halls that students can select to live in based on living environment preferences. Living preference communities do not include additional thematic programming, activities or an academic component; however, they do offer all of the same support, activities, and experience as a standard residence hall program. Living Preference Communities include:

  • Quiet Program
  • Single-Gender Communities
  • Substance Free Community

For specific program information, read the Quiet Program Addendum and the Substance Free Addendum.