Designing Sustainable Communities for Living and Learning

Living and Learning Communities

Why participate in a learning community?

Every residence hall environment at the University of South Carolina is considered to be a learning-enhancing community. Living and Learning Communities are an integral part of the university experience, providing students with the opportunity to live in an environment that promotes diversity, embraces excellence, encourages insightful faculty-student interaction and works to develop a strong sense of community.

Every UofSC student will have the opportunity to experience residence life by living on campus at some point in their undergraduate tenure, usually during their first year, and living and learning communities have come to define this residential experience for our students. Some of these communities have an academic focus, like the Engineering and Computing Community, and others are thematic in nature, like Green Quad. Regardless of where you live, your community will be led by a team of educational staff and student leaders including your residence hall supervisor, faculty from your department or college, staff from other offices on campus, and your resident mentors. These teams coordinate and design the residential experience for their communities by making arrangements for guest speakers, organizing dialogues around contemporary issues and diversity topics, initiating health and wellness events, and creating leadership opportunities. Some of our academic communities offer key first year courses in addition to these experiences. Take some time to explore the communities below and find your home at Carolina.

Choosing the right community for you:

University Housing offers 19 unique Living Learning Community options available to all students living on campus. Students can apply for one of these communities based off of their academic or personal interests. All communities pages provide details on how to become involved in that community and what opportunities are available to residents in each community. Take some time to explore each community and decide which one will help you excel.

As a first year student how do I apply for a community?

Students wishing to apply for a specific living learning community may do so through the main University Housing Application. When completing the housing application, students will be asked to select up to five living learning communities. For each community students will be asked to answer a few questions on a supplemental application that will provide students applying the opportunity to explain their interests and intentions to apply.

Types of Learning Communities:

The following Learning Communities are available for current and first-year students:
  Business Community   International House at Maxcy College
Capstone Scholars     Journalism and Mass Communication
  Carolina Men's Community     Music Community  
  Carolina Women's Community   Preston Residential College
  Engineering and Computing     Visual & Performing Arts
  Green Quad     Sport and Entertainment Management
  Healthy Carolina Wellness     Women in Leadership
  Galen Health Fellows     Women in Retailing
  Honors Community     Women in Science