About the BLC

Enhance your college experience by being a part of the Business Learning Community (BLC).

The BLC is a first-year living-learning community integrating academic, social, and career development opportunities to support you in making a smooth, successful transition to college and Kent State University. Students take specific courses together while engaging in various events designed to connect students to business faculty, academic advisors, and business mentors. 


Student Quotes

Nadia Dasani

"Living in Prentice allowed me to make friends with people who I had classes with, so I could always ask someone for help. The BLC helped me meet people who will be in my classes up until graduation."
Nadia Dasani, Prentice Hall Resident

Jarrod Crano

"As a commuter student, I originally felt limited getting to know people on campus. The BLC helped me to start conversations with peers, which made me feel better connected with other business students."
Jarrod Crano, Commuter Student

Prentice Hall


Select to live in Prentice Hall, the home of the Business Learning Community. As the business residence hall on campus, Prentice Hall provides many special amenities to business majors.


Living Amenities Of Prentice

  • Opportunity to live with other business majors who are taking similar coursework
  • On-site academic advising
  • Easy access to in-hall programs and events
  • MAPS office (business peer mentoring)
  • Tutoring and study skills assistance (sponsored by the Academic Success Center)
  • Centralized campus location
  • Grocery market and cafeteria 

If you are living on-campus and selecting to join the Business Learning Community, you will be required to live in Prentice Hall as part of the living-learning experience.

Commuters and Honors College students are welcome to join as well, and are not required to live in Prentice Hall. BLC students are welcome to visit Prentice Hall and use the lounge space between classes, attend community events, and visit the academic advising office.


As a first-year BLC student, you will enroll in introductory business courses with fellow BLC members. This adds the learning aspect to the living-learning experience and fosters connections with your peers.

Additionally, as a BLC student you will select a smaller interest area group to help you meet students and faculty who share similar interests with you. Interest area groups are built around the First-Year Experience (FYE) orientation course and cover a variety of topics. 

Interest Area Groups

Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration (A-BBA)

Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration (A-BBA)

Designated for first-year business majors who are coming in with college credits, a strong academic record, or students who are in the Honors College.

Gain information on business careers and how to make the most of your college experience.

A Community of Entrepreneurs (ACE)

A Community of Entrepreneurs (ACE)

Designed for the emerging entrepreneur that has the drive, ambition and passion to succeed in an entrepreneurial environment.

Open to first-year entrepreneurship majors and those interested in entrepreneurship.

Accounting Freshman Interest Group (AFIG)

Accounting Freshman Interest Group (AFIG)

Learn about accounting careers and get connected early with opportunities in the accounting major.

Open to first-year accounting majors.

Aspiring Marketers (AIM)

Aspiring Marketers (AIM)

Connect with marketing students, alumni, organizations and professional speakers.

For first-year marketing and managerial marketing majors, or general business majors considering marketing.

College of Business Colleagues (CBC)

College of Business Colleagues (CBC)

Connect with the College of Business Administration, resources on campus, and learn about potential careers in business. 

Open to all business majors in their first-year. 

Diversity in Business (DIB)

Diversity in Business (DIB)

Designed to provide a supportive forum to explore topics related to diversity in business. Discuss race and culture and how these can influence and shape academic, social and professional success.

Open to all racially diverse first-year business majors and allies.

International Business Community (IBUS)

International Business Community (IBUS)

Learn about education abroad opportunities available through the College of Business Administration and Kent State. 

For first-year business majors interested in broadening their cultural horizons. 

How to Join

In order to join, you must be a first-year student majoring in business.

  1. Complete the BLC Application Form
  2. If you are living on campus, select Prentice Hall and the Business Learning Community (BLC) on your housing application*
    • *If you have already completed your housing application, you may make changes to the application up until June 30th

Be sure to ask about joining the Business Learning Community during the Golden Flash Days, hosted by the Kent State University Admissions Office, and the summer Destination Kent State (DKS) orientation program.

Contact Us

  • Amy Calapa
    BLC Coordinator, 
    Academic Advisor II
    Undergraduate Programs Office
    jwmchenr [at] kent.edu
  • Marquis Davis
    BLC Academic Advisor, Academic Diversity Outreach Specialist
    Undergraduate Programs Office
    mcdavis [at] kent.edu