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Can I Join?

All first year students and transfer students are eligible to participate in a Learning Community their first term at Ohio University.

Why Should I Join?

Students who have participated in learning communities on average are more successful academically and report having a richer college experience overall than students not participating in such programs. The benefits of developing a strong support system as well as opportunities for cooperative learning contribute to this success.

How much does it cost?

There are no additional fees for joining a Learning Community, nor does it require all your time. You will take classes outside your community, room with students outside the program and become involved in other parts of campus life. However, when you have questions, need to get in a study group or want to grab lunch, you will always know someone to call.

How do I request a LC?

You will receive a letter from your academic program regarding the LC opportunities for you, or you can go to our “how to join” page and follow the instructions.

How will I be notified of the status of my request?

If you enroll in a college-based community or a specific population community, you will be notified by email or letter prior to Orientation of your acceptance.

What are the “necessary steps” to join a LC?

To enroll in a LC, you will need to complete the online application process AND have completed a housing contract and paid the housing deposit (or filled-out a housing exemption form. The housing deposit/exemption form is your “final” admittance step to OU). Students also enroll in learning communities at Orientation with the assistance of an academic advisor.

Do I have to live in a special residential area to be in a LC?

The majority of our LCs are NOT residentially based, which means that you can live anywhere on campus. Some of our college-based LCs ARE residentially based and/or have a residential option, and some college-based LCs are non-residential. The online application specifies if your group includes a residential component.

How do I register for a general LC?

During Orientation you will be given one call number to use to register for the community of your choice. That one call number will enroll you in two or three courses, the LC seminar course and one or two Tier II courses.

If I am placed in a residence hall that has a LC, does it mean that I am automatically in the LC?

Our residence halls are quite large and even if an LC is residentially based or has a residential option, the students in the LC are spread-out over the entire building so that you can get to know other students. ­The majority of the students in the residence halls are NOT in residentially-based LCs.

Will I be able to register for other classes in addition to those in a LC?

Yes. During Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor who will discuss the coursework that would best match your interests and complement the LC classes that you intend to take.

What if I have AP credit for a course requirement and would like to sign up for a LC that includes this course, what should I do?

You can still sign up for this LC, but be sure the University has a copy of your transcript. During Orientation, the LC director can make adjustments to your LC cluster. We don't want to penalize a student for thinking/planning ahead!

What happens if I would like to be in a LC and my preferred roommate does not? Can we still live together?

The LCs are not residentially-based, with the exception of a few (such as Fine Arts, and that information is built into the application). Yes, you may "pull-in" a roommate. Fill out the housing contract and list the name and Personal Identification (PID) number of your preferred roommate in the area indicated on your contract.

What type of student is the LC program geared toward?

The LC program is geared toward all ability levels of students. Regardless of your major, there is an LC designed to meet your interests.

Is the LC for fall semester only?

The majority of our LCs are available for Fall Semester, as our programs are designed to assist students in their first semester at Ohio University. Students may choose to continue to take classes and socialize together on their own after fall semester.

Is it required that I take all of the classes that are clustered in my LC?

Yes. Students must take all courses that are offered with their community. The only exception is for those courses in which a student has AP, CC+, or other college credit.

What is the LC seminar course?

The LC seminar course is the hub of the community and is taught by the students’ LC instructor. There is also a Learning Community Leader (peer mentor, LCL) who is the instructor’s assistant for each community.

What should I do if I need additional information?

If you have questions about the academic aspects of LCs, email us at learning.communities@ohio.edu or contact us by phone at 740-593-1953. If you would like to ask about residential matters or housing assignments, contact Housing and Residence Life at 740-593-4090 or housing@ohio.edu, or visit the Housing and Residence Life website.