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Living-Learning Communities

A variety of research studies conducted nationally have emphasized the unique potential of on-campus residential settings for positively impacting student success and retention. Studies demonstrate the influence of living in residence halls upon freshman persistence, with one researcher concluding that “the most important environmental characteristic associated with college persistence is living in a dormitory during the freshman year.” 

But what if not just persistence, but student learning? Other studies demonstrate that living environments with the strongest impact on cognitive development and persistence are typically the result of purposeful, programmatic efforts to integrate students’ intellectual and social lives during college. MTSU Living Learning Communities (LLC’s) are especially designed to meet this goal of bringing academic programs and services into the residence halls.

Eighty percent of our housing facilities at MTSU are affiliated with living learning programs. These include the First Year Experience, Honors Living-Learning Community, or academic major-centered communities. Each of these initiatives is designed to meet MTSU’s goal of creating a student-centered learning environment, one which creatively strives to provide programs and services that are more flexible and responsive to students. Residentially based programs that bring academic support services into the living environment, at hours and on schedules more realistic for students, offer exciting new possibilities for meeting student needs

Freshmen Aerospace majors are invited to join the Aerospace Learning Community in Cummings Hall. This program is designed to build camaraderie and provide a support network for new Aerospace majors. To support students academically, all students living in the Aerospace Learning Community are encouraged to enroll in AERO 1010, Introduction to Aerospace. AERO 1010 is required of all Aerospace majors. The topics covered in this course include history of aerospace, opportunities in the field, fundamentals of flight, navigation, meteorology, and Federal Aviation Regulations. Upper-class Aerospace students are supported in a community within Area 2 within Judd, and Gracy halls where the focus is on academic connections and issues common to students scheduling flight labs.

While participation of this Living Learning Community’s programming and events is not exclusive, you will receive suggested floor locations for these LLC’s upon receipt of your self-assignment email. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

Chem/Bio is a reserved community at home in Smith Hall.  The Chem/Bio community is exists to support first year students restricted to majors in Chemistry, Biology, or Biochemistry. Members are encouraged to enroll together in common sections of General Chemistry, Biology, and Math so they can study and learn together.  Members may expect periodic interactions outside the classroom with faculty and senior students from the Departments of Chemistry and Biology.  Community members are informed and invited to participate in a variety of departmental activities.  A central goal of this community is to build engagement and mutual academic support among students in these closely related fields. While participation of this Living Learning Community’s programming and events is not exclusive, you will receive suggested floor locations for this community upon receipt of your self-assignment email. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

Crime Busters is a Forensic Science community in Smith Hall in Area 2. It is reserved to support students majoring in Forensic Science or minoring in Forensic Anthropology. Members of this community are encouraged to enroll together in common sections of Forensic Science courses to create a live-in study group. Members of this community may expect interactions outside the classroom with faculty and practicing forensic professionals by attending specific program events. Community members are informed and invited to participate in a variety of departmental activities that will help individuals become successful students as they pursue careers in the field.  For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

The Diverse World, Diverse Arts Learning Community in Monohan (Schardt and Reynolds Halls) affords residents the opportunity to live among a diverse community of students interested in the arts and in integrating the arts into all aspects of the academic experience. Community members will have the opportunity to redefine their living and learning environments through participation in a variety of mixed-media artistic expressions, by helping to design and participate in programming highlighting the arts in the MTSU, Murfreesboro, and Middle Tennessee communities, and by participating in community service outreach activities. All students are invited to participate, but students in Dance, Theatre, Art, and Music form the core of the community. While participation of this Living Learning Community’s programming and events is not exclusive, you will receive suggested floor locations for this LLC upon receipt of your self-assignment email. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

The Difference-Makers LLC, in Mary Hall, is where aspiring educators can come together to embark on a transformative journey towards shaping the future. Our dynamic community is designed for students who have a passion for teaching and aspire to make a meaningful impact in the discipline of education. Whether you want to be an educator, counselor, librarian or education leader, The Difference-Makers LLC provides a unique opportunity for students to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and passion necessary to thrive as future educators. Our supportive environment encourages personal and professional growth, fostering a sense of purpose and dedication to the noble art of education.

Join the Difference Makers LLC as we collectively strive to equip future educators with the tools and skills needed to make a life-changing impact in children’s and families’ lives. For more information, please contact Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

MTSU’s First Year Experience programs in Beasley, Cummings, Corlew, Sims, and Smith Halls are geared toward first year students (29 college credit hours or less) and are designed to enhance students’ academic success at MTSU. The First Year Experience Program offers a number of unique services for first-year students at MTSU, including lower division classes taught in classrooms located within the residence halls, and special workshops and programs designed to assist students with their transition to MTSU. This LLC assigns on all floors within the halls listed above. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

Residents in the College of Media and Entertainment are invited to join the Learning Community designed specifically for them, Give Me a Beat. This program will be located in Deere and Nicks Halls and is designed to build camaraderie and provide a support network for Recording Industry-related majors. To support students academically, all students living in the Give Me a Beat community are encouraged to enroll in RIM 1020, Intro to Media & Entertainment. RIM 1020 is required of all Recording Industry majors. The course analyzes the content and context of the American mass media to understand how they affect individuals and society. Community members also have the opportunity to take MATH 1710 and have access to a tutor. Math 1710 grades factor heavily into the candidacy formula for the Recording Industry department. For more information:. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

The Global Learning Community (GLC) in House 7 on the Row offers a unique residential experience for students with an interest in global affairs and is especially ideal for international students, students considering study abroad,  study abroad returnees, and/or those majoring in a field with an international component. The Global Learning Community accommodates residents by special application to House 7 on the Row, as well as a limited number of spaces in Womack Lane apartments.  All accommodations are just a short walk from the Rec Center, MT One Stop, and Student Union. The GLC at House 7 on the Row offers a community shared kitchen, living room, dining room, and group study room. Live-in Housing and Residential Life staff provide academic and social programming opportunities for community members with interaction among faculty and staff from various internationally related fields of study. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

Computer Science majors are invited to join Hacker Housing in the Lyon Complex- McHenry Hall. This program is designed to build camaraderie and provide a support network for computer science majors who are motivated to explore computing careers and gain professional work experience before graduation. The program is originally designed for recipients of the S-STEM Scholarship in Computer Science, but all computer science majors are welcome to join the community. Participants will have access to peer mentors and opportunities to participate in various activities: summer project development, research experiences for undergraduates, and attending professional conferences. Participants living in Lyon Complex – McHenry Hall have access to special facilities designed to help them make the most of their on-campus experience, including multiple areas for group and individual study and other important activities and services. Lyon Complex is located adjacent to the Kirskey Old Main Building, where the Computer Science Department and Mathematics Department are located. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

The Lyon Complex (Mary and McHenry Halls) is home to MTSU’s Honors Living Learning Community. Students who live in the Honors Living and Learning community are encouraged to enroll in at least one Honors class (3 credit hours) each semester. Honors program participants living in the Lyon Complex have access to special facilities designed to help them make the most of their on-campus experience, including multiple areas for group and individual study, access to special Honors College programs and advisement, and other important activities and services. The Lyon complex is located adjacent to the James Union Building. Students who live in these halls have the opportunity to interact with their professors outside of class, participate in Honors Department seminars, gain valuable leadership skills and fulfill mandatory service hours. This LLC takes place on all floors of both Mary and McHenry Halls. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

All music majors are encouraged to become a part of this unique community in Monohan Complex (Schardt and Reynolds Halls), open to music majors from audition to graduation! Musicians of all kinds find a place to come together within this community. Living among students of similar interests, talents, and academic requirements, you will find support and camaraderie. Students will have access to faculty mentors and will have an opportunity to interact with visiting artists from a variety of disciplines. This community enables Music majors to integrate the academic, social and artistic aspects of their lives. This community also offers the unique experience of having a music faculty in residence also living in the building. While participation of this Living Learning Community’s programming and events is not exclusive, you will receive suggested floor locations for this community upon receipt of your self-assignment email. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

We also have a learning community specifically for Nursing majors from first year to graduation! This program is open to all classifications and is dedicated to the success of students planning for careers in nursing. Living in this community within Area 2 (Judd, Gracy, Sims, Beasley and Smith Halls) will allow you to interact with other Nursing and science majors and members of the School of Nursing faculty in a meaningful and enriching way. We have a variety of both fun and educational activities planned for you. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

This learning community in Area 2 (Judd, Gracy, Sims, Beasley and Smith Halls) supports students in their pursuit of pre-professional majors in the health sciences. Preparing students for admission to professional school is the special focus of this community. This community is housed where other learning communities for students in the sciences are also located in order to optimize the use of resources and interaction of students in these majors.  For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

 is our newest Living Learning Community, open to exclusively to freshmen residents, and housed in Cummings Hall. It is open to any incoming freshman who is interested and excited about all of the opportunities that Campus Recreation has to offer them. Participants in Raider Rec Village get involved in intramural sports, exclusive outdoor trips, and receive discounts on the Freshman Fit program. While participation of this Living Learning Community’s programming and events is not exclusive, you will receive suggested floor locations for this community upon receipt of your self-assignment email. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]

The WISTEM learning community is close to the science and mathematics buildings in Beasley Hall and provides access study rooms within Area II. Students in the WISTEM learning community interact with faculty and professional women in their fields of study and have the opportunity to mentor junior high and high school girls interested in the sciences, technology, engineering and math. WISTEM community members engage in a variety of science and math-related educational, service, and social activities. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or [email protected]


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