Living Learning Communities

What are Living Learning Communities?

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at UWL are intentional living environments offered by the Office of Residence Life in partnership with academic departments and other campus offices.  

LLCs provide students with the opportunity to thrive both in and out of the classroom. We work to create environments that allow students to make social connections by engaging with peers around shared educational experiences and to improve students’ academic success through intentional programming, co-curricular learning experiences, and faculty engagement. 

Why Participate in an LLC?  

  • LLCs are a high impact practice that is proven nationally in increasing student success.  
  • Students who participate in LLCs report higher GPAs overall than students who live in traditional residence hall communities.  
  • LLC students can participate in special events and activities built around common interests. 
  • There is more access to faculty and staff that can help you network for future opportunities. 
  • Students gain a community of classmates and study group partners with similar academic interests help their academic success.  
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Mission: 

The Health Professions Community provides students interested in the healthcare profession common academic and social experiences in close community of peers. This community fosters personal connections with faculty, staff, healthcare professionals, and peers through intentional academic programming designed to support your success as a student.  

Location:

  • 2019 - 2020 - Sanford Hall
  • 2020 - 2021 - O. White Hall

Eligibility: 

Any first-year student who has an interest in a pre-health major or track 

Why Join? 

  • Make connections with other students in your major and similar courses  
  • Opportunities for career exploration within the Health Professions field  
  • Unique programs and events exclusive to students in the Health Professions Community 
  • Intentional interaction with faculty outside of the classroom  

How to Join: 

Due to the popularity of the Health Professions Community, students fill out an application as part of their housing application. Students are notified if they have been accepted into the HPC prior to room selection. 

Partnerships:  

Pre-Health Advising Center  

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Mission:

The Transfer Experience Community is designed to support transfer students in their transition to UWL through shared common experiences. Residents will be connected to faculty, staff, and students dedicated to a successful transfer experience.  

Location: 

Eagle Gray Hall

Eligibility:

New entering transfer students of all backgrounds, majors, and experiences. 

Why Join?

  • Engage with a community of transfer students to navigate through the UWL experience together
  • Develop social connections through residence hall and campus events specifically tailored with transfer students in mind
  • Develop relationships with faculty and staff as you transition to UWL

How to Join:

Students can select interest in the Transfer Experience Community on their housing application. Students will be placed directly into the community as space is available. No secondary application process is required.

 

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Mission:

The Outdoor Recreation Living and Learning community is designed for students who have a passion and an interest for outdoor activities and the environment. They must be willing to be challenged, have a desire to gain skills outside of the classroom, participate in extra-curricular activities and events relating to the outdoors. No previous experience is required for participation - just a willingness to participate, learn, and to have fun! Residents of this community will pay an additional $400 to cover the cost of the extensive programming provided by the Outdoor Connection.

Location: 

Eagle Maroon Hall

Eligibility:

All students are eligible for the ORC. You do not need to have previous experience with outdoor activities.

Why Join?

  • Live in an environment and community for students who share an interest in the outdoors and in leadership
  • Experience programs and opportunities that will allow you to refine your leadership skills, explore career opportunities in outdoor recreation and be part of an active and supportive community 
  • Help develop a community that is passionate about the outdoors and the environment

How to Join:

Because of the popularity of the Outdoor Recreation Community, students fill out an application as part of their housing application. Students are notified if they have been accepted into the ORC prior to room selection.

Trip Information :

2019-2020 Outdoor Recreation Community Trip Offerings

Partnerships: The Outdoor Connection

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Mission:

This community is home to our 25 UWL First Scholars and is open to any first-generation student. Our goal is to help students build a strong community in their first year here at UWL. Students will make lasting social connections and participate in programming provided by a range of support services available to first-gen students. 

Location: 

Laux Hall 

Eligibility:

The First Gen community is open to all first-generation college students. 

Why Join? 

  • Live in an environment and community for students who are also first-gen college students 
  • Experience programs and opportunities that will allow you to refine your leadership skills, connect you to UWL, and help you navigate the first year of college.  
  • Make connections with other campus offices and organizations and received additional support. 

How to Join:

If you are interested in joining the First Gen Community, you can select it on the Living Learning Community page of the housing application. There is no secondary application. Students will be accepted into this community as space is available. UWL First! Scholar students will be automatically placed on the First Gen floor. 

 

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Mission: 

The Women in STEM Community provides students interested in careers in Science, Engineering, Technology, or Math. This community fosters personal connections with faculty, staff, and peers through intentional academic programming designed to support your success as a student.  

Location:

  • TBD

Eligibility: 

Womxn identified students who plan to major in STEM

Why Join? 

  • Make connections with other students in your major and similar courses  
  • Opportunities for career exploration within STEM fields  
  • Unique programs and events exclusive to students in the Women in STEM Community
  • Intentional interaction with faculty outside of the classroom  

How to Join: 

Students can select interest in the Women in STEM Community on the Living Learning Community Interest page of the Housing Application. 

Partnerships:  

College of Science and Health

Learn More about our Scholarship Based Communities:

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The Multicultural Validation Program (MVP) is a collaborative effort with the Office of Residence Life and Multicultural Student Services to increase retention and persistence of multicultural students on campus and living in the residence halls by connecting students with peer mentors, professional staff advisors, and on-campus opportunities. The program currently consists of 4 peer mentors who have at least one year of experience at UWL and 9 incoming first-year students. The incoming first-year students reside in Laux Hall and have regular meetings with their peer mentors and professional advisors.

All individuals participating in MVP (mentors and mentees) are required to: 

  • Monthly connections with their mentor or mentee 
  • Attend monthly MVP social/development events 
  • Be involved in at least one multicultural student organization
  • Participate in at least one opportunity in their residence hall on campus. 

For more information about applying please visit the Multicultural Validation Program page

If you have any questions, please reach out to Terra Brister in OMSS,  Matt Evensen or Shane Springer in Residence Life or call 608.785.8225.

 

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Mission

The “UWL First! Scholars Program” is designed to assist select first generation/low income students to succeed academically through a coordinated system of support, integrating college readiness, financial aid, advising and career development.  The program hopes to address the social and economic barriers to higher education for select students who demonstrate intellectual promise and financial need.

Who are they?

UWL First! Scholars are high performing, first generation students who have been hand selected to participate in this scholarship and retention program. First! Scholars have a bright future at UWL and this program helps establish firm roots here.

Benefits to the Scholars

Each cohort of up to 25 first generation students will have the unique opportunity to enroll in this scholarship program. Whereas this program is to benefit the retention of the student, the student receives the most benefit from the program. They are offered a $1,000.00 scholarship for the first and second year enrolled. The student will also receive hands on and tailored assistance for a variety of tasks that may come easier for non-first generation students.  Through camaraderie, students will develop a sense of belonging, which will assist with their transition to the university. Scholars will also have the opportunity to develop work experience through on-campus internship opportunities.