Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities at Kent State University are on-campus housing based communities of students living together in the same on-campus building who share similar academic or special interests. Students, faculty, and staff choose to participate in these groups with the intended purpose of enhancing and enriching in-class instruction with focused out-of-class learning experiences.

What’s your major? What interests you? 

We provide a variety of Living-Learning Communities that are tailored to your major and/or your interests. We highly encourage you to choose living in an environment that suits your academic and/or personal goals in order to help you be most successful at Kent State University. Being in a Living-Learning Community and actively participating has shown to increase student’s fall and spring semester grade point average and overall campus living experience. 

We encourage you to choose the Living-Learning Community that suits your needs, and then select other residence hall options after that. The First-Year Experience community is for first-year students that do not have a community tailored to their major and/or interests or for students that did not get into their major Living-Learning Community.

With the intended goal of making a large campus feel small, Living-Learning Communities at Kent State University are characterized by the purposeful support provided to the students who participate in these communities.

If you choose to live in a Kent State University Living-Learning Community, you will have the opportunity to live in a residence community together with other students who are studying majors similar to your own and even take some of the same classes you are taking. Forming study groups and working on class projects become more convenient when your classmates also live in your residence hall. If you have questions about a reading assignment or class notes, there will be a fellow student nearby to whom you can turn.

Students participating in a Living-Learning community enjoy considerable benefits, some of which include:

  • Higher retention rates, demonstrating academic success at all ability levels by students
  • Greater academic support opportunities (convenient access to tutoring, supplemental instruction courses, major-focused programming)
  • Frequent interaction with faculty and staff outside the classroom
  • More positive perception of the residential experience
  • Greater connection to the university at large

Available Living-Learning Communities are as follows: