Shared-Interest Communities, also referred to as living-learning communities, are communities within the residence halls that provide an opportunity for students with similar interests to live in the same hall or on the same floor. The communities allow students to enjoy unique activities related to a theme as well as more traditional social and recreational opportunities.
Academic Seminar Option
Some shared interest 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 shared-interest (living-learning) community need to indicate their interest when applying for housing by filling out the appropriate sections of the application. Shared-interest communities are located in specific halls and on specific floors, and locations are determined after the application deadline passes.
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 shared-interest 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.
A variety of shared-interest communities are available. Descriptions of each program are general because they are different every year. The communities are successful because they are driven by the participation of their residents, which creates a dynamic and unique experience each year.
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