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

AerospaceChemistry and Biology Crime BustersDiverse World, Diverse ArtsFirst Year Experience FAESGive Me a Beat (RIM) Global Learning Community Honors Music at MiddleNursing Pre-Professional Programs Raider Rec Village
True BlueWomen in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Aerospace Learning Communities

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 (including Sims, Beasley, Judd, Gracy and Smith 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 housing@mtsu.edu

Chemistry and Biology Community

Chem/Bio is a reserved community at home in Smith Hall.  The Chem/Bio community is exists to support first year and upperclassmen 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 housing@mtsu.edu

Crime Busters

Crime Busters is a Forensic Science community in Area 2, which includes Sims, Beasley, Judd, Gracy and Smith Halls. 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 housing@mtsu.edu

Diverse World, Diverse Arts

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 housing@mtsu.edu

First Year Experience

MTSU's First Year Experience programs in Cummings and Corlew 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, trained tutors who provide tutoring services in the Cummings Hall tutoring center, and special workshops and programs designed to assist students with their transition to MTSU. This LLC assigns on all floors within Cummings and Corlew Halls. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or housing@mtsu.edu

Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science (FAES) Community @ the Science Corridor

The Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science (FAES) Living Learning Community finds its home in both Judd and Gracy Halls.  This learning community is designed specifically for students majoring in Agribusiness, Animal Science, Fermentation Science, Plant and Soil Science, Geology, Physical Geography, or Environment Science. Designed by science faculty specifically for their students, this learning community helps participants become successful students and future professionals through an approach which emphasizes practical experiences, mentorship, academic achievement and leadership development.   

The FAES’ community design enhances learning experiences by providing opportunities to work directly with faculty experts at MTSU and beyond, recognizes opportunities to improve agricultural and environmental related issues, and supports development of leadership skills through directed leadership events sponsored by science faculty.  FAES community experiences integrate soft-skills like communication, problem solving, self-management, teamwork, and professionalism in order to allow community members to interact with peers, faculty, staff, other community members and industry representatives. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or housing@mtsu.edu

Give Me a Beat

Freshmen 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 new 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, Understanding Mass Media. 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: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or housing@mtsu.edu

Global Learning Community

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. To apply, complete the GLC LLC Application and email to Emily.McAnally@mtsu.edu.Students selected by the Office of International Affairs using the above application and selection process do not participate in self-assignment as assignments to this community are constructed by Office of  International Affairs. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 

Honors

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, use of a large computer lab, 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 housing@mtsu.edu

Music at Middle

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 housing@mtsu.edu

Nursing

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 housing@mtsu.edu

Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Med, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Dental

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 housing@mtsu.edu

Raider Rec Village

Raider Rec Village (RRV) 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 housing@mtsu.edu

True Blue

The True Blue Living Learning Community in Deere and Nicks Halls allow residents to be fully immersed in and committed to what it means to be True Blue. Created in support of the True Blue Pledge, this community is based upon the four core values outlined within the pledge: honesty and integrity, respect for diversity, engagement in the community, and a commitment to reason, not violence. As a member of the True Blue Living Learning Community, residents will be provided with the unique opportunity to live out the True Blue pledge on a daily basis with other individuals dedicated to being True Blue and fully understanding its meaning. Members of this community will be provided with opportunities both on campus and within the surrounding community to develop leadership and civic skills, embrace diverse experiences and people, and support the ongoing progress of our institution. This community of students are afforded a more independent residential experience while providing a beautiful setting in which to live out their pledge to civil living. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or housing@mtsu.edu

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

The WISE learning community is close to the science and mathematics buildings in Beasley Hall and provides access to a 24-hour computer lab and study rooms within Area II. Students in the WISE 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. WISE community members engage in a variety of science-related educational, service, and social activities. For more information: Housing and Residential Life, 615-898-2971 or housing@mtsu.edu

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