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WHY Learning Communities?

DISCOVER the benefits of a learning community.
  • Collaborative learning
  • Shared educational experiences
  • A small seminar (capped at 19 students) taught by an expert in the field, and deep, personally relevant exploration of a topic
ENGAGE with the University.
  • Connect your classroom learning to outside experiences through experiential learning
  • Improve your teamwork and problem solving skills
  • Start preparing for a career
BELONG at KU. Learning communities connect students with peers, staff and faculty in order to help them find their place at KU.
  • Make connections through a small seminar that is either made up of students from your residence hall or linked to another course
  • Explore important themes impacting our society today
  • All learning communities have a peer mentor to help you navigate resources for campus involvement and academic success

Learning communities are small — 19 students (with less than 30 credit hours) — giving you abundant opportunities to connect. With an instructor as your guide, you will dive into fascinating topics and go inside the facilities and stories of KU’s historic campus. By semester’s end, you will possess the skills necessary for college-level academics and feel ready to confidently pursue success at KU.

You have options.

Residential learning communities explore an aspect of KU —  its history, leadership opportunities, athletics, or other topics — in a two-credit hour section of KU’s Orientation seminar, or UNIV 101, specially designed to help students in your residence hall get to know and plan for life at KU and beyond. (Requirements include living in the residence hall in which the course is offered.)

Nonresidential learning communities consist of a three-credit-hour first-year seminar or a two-credit-hour UNIV 101 course linked to a three-credit-hour lecture course. These communities have no residential requirement — students can live on or off campus.

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