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Living-Learning Communities

Benefits of joining a Living-Learning Community include:

  • Connecting with peers that share similar academic interests and career pursuits
  • Receiving specific academic support services such as in-hall academic advising, tutoring, study buddies, etc.
  • Interacting with college faculty and expanding networking opportunities
  • Experiencing a smoother academic transition to college
  • Participating in co-curricular in-hall activities
  • Completing your Monarch Experience requirement
  • Resident Assistants (RAs) with academic interest similar to those students in the LLC

Designed for Your Success

We're excited for your interest in our Living-Learning Communities! Housing & Residence Life staff members provide a learner-centered environment conducive to the academic success of our students through an intentional Living-Learning Community program. Living-Learning Communities provide students the opportunity to live and engage with other students who have similar academic and co-curricular interests.

There are eight Living-Learning Community options for you to consider: Business, College of Science, Engineering, Health Professions, Honors College, ODU Explorers, Spectrum, Women in Science & Engineering. Research shows students who participate in a Living Learning Community have higher retention rates, are more engaged with faculty members, and have greater satisfaction with the overall college experience. Living in one of these communities will provide a unique living-learning experience that connects you to the ODU community while achieving student success.

How to Apply

To apply to live in a specific Living-Learning Community (LLC), you will need to submit:

1) Complete a Housing Application through the ODU Housing Portal

2) Submit a Living-Learning Community Application: Read below and select the community that you are interested in joining and then click on the "Apply Here" link to fill out and submit your LLC application. The LLC application consists of a few questions that help us understand your interest in the Living-Learning Community and provides an opportunity for you to confirm your commitment to this Living-Learning Community.

Living-Learning Community Applications are accepted until all spaces are filled. It is best to submit your LLC application as soon as you sign up for housing as spaces are limited. Each LLC has a limit on the number of residents to join the community. The priority LLC application deadline is April 1, 2014.

Questions?

Have questions about our Living-Learning Community program application and selection process? Contact Neudy Nuñez, Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives in Housing & Residence Life at LivingLearning@odu.edu


Engineering Living-Learning Community

Apply for the Engineering LLC
Participation Requirement
Must be an Engineering major in order to participate. This community is designed for first-year students only.
Community Location
Gresham Hall
Course Requirement
Fall 2014: ENGN 110 (Explore Engineering and Technology), CHEM 121N (Foundations of Chemistry I) & MATH 162M* (Precalculus I)
*Dependent upon math placement ACT/SAT scores.

This is the ideal community for first-year students interested in a variety of engineering fields such as Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Engineering. Co-curricular activities in this LLC are designed to enable students to focus on issues engineers face in the growing competitive marketplace. Students will have the opportunity to interact with engineering faculty and learn about a variety of career paths while networking within the local engineering community. Students will connect with others in the same engineering core courses, utilize academic support programs, and participate in exciting in-hall activities. Students in this living-learning community will be required to enroll in the common courses each semester as listed in the course requirement section.



Health Professions Living-Learning Community

Apply for the Health Professions LLC
Participation Requirement
Must be in a health or health-related major. This community is designed for first-year students only.
Community Location
Gresham Hall
Course Requirement
Fall 2014: HLTH 101: (Introduction to Health Professions) & SOC 201S: (Introduction to Sociology)

The Health Professions LLC provides an opportunity for students in health and health-related majors to live, network, and study together. In partnership with the College of Health Sciences (COHS), this LLC is ideal for students interested in health professions majors such as nursing, dental hygiene, cytotechnology, environmental health, health services administration, medical technology, nuclear medicine technology, physical therapy, public health, and ophthalmic technology. This community also provides co-curricular activities to expose students to health sciences career-related opportunities and community service. Students will also have opportunities to interact with faculty and students within the College of Health Sciences. Students in this living-learning community will be required to enroll in the common courses each semester as listed in the course requirement section.



Honors Living-Learning Community

Apply for the Honors College LLC
Participation Requirement
Must be admitted to the Honors College (please visit the Honors College for specific information on criteria and requirements). This community is designed for all ODU students; first-year through senior.
Community Location
Virginia House
Course Requirement

The Honors College LLC provides an environment with students of a similar academic focus with opportunities for mentoring, study groups, and peer advising from upper-class honors students. Students in the Honors College LLC will engage with peers in special sections of general education courses, including English composition, literature, history, biology, physics, astronomy, oceanography, information literacy, as well as courses related to "peer leadership" and undergraduate research. Students in the Honors College LLC will also learn how to apply knowledge and skills in a variety of settings, how to succeed in a university environment and how to collaborate with others to develop practical and creative solutions to real-world problems. You must be admitted into the Honors College in order to be selected for this Living Learning Community.



College of Sciences Living-Learning Community

Apply for the College of Sciences LLC
Participation Requirement
Must be a College of Sciences major in order to participate. This community is designed for first-year students only.
Community Location
Rogers Hall
Course Requirement
Fall 2014: SCI 101 (Introduction to Sciences) & PSYC 201S (Introduction to Psychology)

The College of Sciences offers a Living-Learning Community that provides first-year students support and resources to be successful in their transition into ODU. Students participating in this community will have opportunities to engage in study groups, tutoring sessions, college workshops, and academic advising. These co-curricular activities provide an opportunity for students to create relationships with students with similar academic and career goals in Biology Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Physics and Psychology. Students in this living-learning community will be required to enroll in the common courses each semester as listed in the course requirement section.



ODU Explorers Living-Learning Community

Apply for the ODU Explorers LLC
Participation Requirement
Must be a undecided major in order to participate. This community is designed for first-year students only.
Community Location
Whitehurst Hall
Course Requirement
Fall 2014: UNIV 120 (Career Exploration)

This is the ideal community for first-year students who are curious and interested in exploring academic and career options. Students in ODU Explorers LLC will have the opportunity to explore options and develop degree plans to match their academic and career goals. Students will engage in the self-exploration process through co-curricular activities in their hall, e.g. guest lecture series, field trips, and collaboration with offices across campus. Students will be registered for an "ODU Explorers Only" section of UNIV 120: Career Exploration during the Fall 2014 semester which will be taught in the residence hall. Students in this living-learning community will be required to enroll in UNIV 120: Career Exploration during the Fall 2014 semester.



The Spectrum Living Learning Community

Apply for the Spectrum LLC
This community is designed for first-year and upperclassmen students.
Community Location
Virginia House
Course Requirement

This community is ideal for students wanting to embrace diversity in a safe and affirming environment that brings together LGBTQ students and straight allies to freely explore issues of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and the intersection of those while advocating for awareness and social justice. Extracurricular activities in this LLC provide opportunities for individual exploration, connections to LGBTQ staff, students, and allies within the ODU community and foster opportunities for community building, and provide a venue where students can advocate for social change. Students in this living-learning community will be required to enroll in common courses.

Safe Space

The Safe Space Training Program provides education advocacy and awareness to reduce homophobia/transphobia and heterosexism on campus.



Business Living-Learning Community

Apply for the Business LLC
Participation Requirement
This community is designed for first-year and upperclassmen students.
Community Location
Whitehurst Hall
Course Requirement
  • Fall 2014: BUSN 110 (Introduction to Contemporary Business) & IT 150G (Information Literacy for Business and Social Science)
  • Spring 2015: COMM 101R (Public Speaking) & PHIL 230E (Introduction to Ethics)

The College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) Living-Learning Community provides an interactive learning environment designed to promote community and enrich the student experience with opportunities for experiential learning. This community is ideal for first-year students that are business minded and have an entrepreneurial focus. Co-curricular activities in the hall are designed to develop successful business students and citizens through teambuilding events, practical experiences, and leadership initiatives. Students in this LLC will also gain hands-on experience and engage with peers who have similar academic and career goals in the College of Business and Public Administration through co-curricular activities in the hall. Students in this living-learning community will be required to enroll in the common courses each semester as listed in the course requirement section.



Women in Science & Engineering (W.I.S.E) Living-Learning Community

Apply for WISE LLC
Participation Requirement
Must be a female student with engineering as a declared major. This community is designed for first-year students only.
Community Location
Gresham Hall
Course Requirement

This is the ideal community for first-year female students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and career options. In partnership with the College of Engineering, co-curricular activities in W.I.S.E. LLC are designed to foster support and encouragement among the first-year women pursuing a career in traditionally male-dominated fields. In addition, women in W.I.S.E. LLC will learn about careers in STEM fields, share their academic experiences and career goals, and learn about resources and opportunities that support their academic and personal goals. Students in this living-learning community may be required to enroll in common courses.

Old Dominion University's Engineering Early Advantage Program (EEAP)

MonarchTeach

Apply for MonarchTeach LLC
Participation Requirement
Must be an education, science, or mathematics major following the MonarchTeach program course track.
Community Location
Ireland House
Course Requirement
Freshmen must enroll in Step 1: STEM 101- Inquiry Approaches to Teaching STEM (Fall 2014). Sophomore students need to have completed or be enrolled in Step 1 and subsequently enroll in Step 2: STEM 102 Inquiry Based STEM Lesson Design.

In collaboration with the College of Sciences and the College of Education, the MonarchTeach Living-Learning Community is ideal for first and second year students who are interested in becoming the next generation of math and science teachers and will be participating in the MonarchTeach innovated teacher preparation program for mathematics and science. Students will be required to continue the program in cohorts and will be taking common courses with their peers. The MonarchTeach LLC will provide students with opportunities for peer mentoring, workshops and seminars, and leadership development. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular hall activities, community service projects, and field trips.