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  • Living Learning Communities

    Living Learning Communities integrate topic-driven learning within a dedicated living community of fellow students. Within an LLC, your peers and you will strive to apply knowledge outside the classroom, creating a true partnership of academics and real-world application. Living with a group of 28-38 other students will expand your residence hall experience to the furthest degree of education.

    When you apply for housing at UW-La Crosse, you can note your preference for participating in a Living Learning Community. By doing this, you will be taken to a separate application that will allow you to apply for the LLCs.

    Outdoor Recreation

    Go beyond your limits!

    The Outdoor Recreation Living and Learning community (LLC) is designed for students who have a passion and an interest for outdoor activities and the environment. Students must be open to challenges, have a desire to gain skills outside of the classroom, participate in extracurricular activities and events relating to the outdoors. 

    The UW-La Crosse campus location is a perfect locale for experiencing a variety of unique natural resources and destinations. Outdoor experiences accelerate student learning about themselves and others. The UWL Outdoor Connection has the equipment, trained staff & knowledge of the area to be able to facilitate this rich learning environment. 

    The core components of the Outdoor Recreation LLC will be an Environmental Studies Course, residence hall and campus based events, wilderness trip experiences and skills workshops. Students in this community will take a class (Environmental Studies 201) together and there is an additional $200 fee each semester through the UWL Outdoor Connection to cover the expenses of the 4 outdoor trips planned each semester. 

    If you have an interest in living in a community like this please contact Chris Dziekan, Assistant Director of Residence Life (

    Service Learning

    Creating a better community

    The Service Learning Community was designed for students seeking to become engaged in the La Crosse community through volunteering and learning about service organizations in the area. This community was developed because the Office of Residence Life noticed the high level of involvement and commitment to service in the community UWL students have. The Service Learning Community, housed in Sanford Hall, provides students with opportunities to be a part of several service projects. 

    Examples of projects include group volunteering with children’s organizations, animal shelters/advocacy organizations, nonprofits which serve people experiencing homelessness, and a variety of other opportunities. Students will receive academic credit through the Political Science and Public Administration department (POL 250) for the learning taking place through hands-on experience, for a maximum of four credits within the academic year. 

    Residents of this community pay the same rate as any other student in a traditional hall, and students do not pay extra to receive academic credit as long as they stay under the 18-credit-a-semester threshold. 

    If this sounds like an experience you’re interested in, please contact Chris Dziekan, Assistant Director of Residence Life (