What is a Living Learning Community?

A living learning community (LLC) is a group of students who share a common interest or goal. These students live in a specific area in a residence hall so that they can live, learn, and grow together. Faculty and staff members work together to offer programs and activities centered on the theme of the LLC. Participants engage in both formal and informal activities and conversation around their shared interest.

What are the benefits of a Living Learning Community?

Joining an LLC is a great way to learn more about a personal interest area. But more than that, members will develop friendships with a diverse group of students who also share that interest. Together, you as participants will contribute to a community that supports this shared interest, build your knowledge and understanding of specific topics, participate in fun activities and programs together, and will interact with faculty and staff in an informal and accessible setting.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in being part of an LLC, you may select one or more of these communities as part of the On-Campus Housing Application in your Housing Self-Service. When you are prompted to preference where you would like to live in the fall, include the LLC(s) you would like to be a part of. If you have a roommate in mind, make sure you and your future roommate preference the same way!

If you choose to be a part of a Living-Learning Community, you should have an interest in the LLC topic area and a desire to contribute to a community with others who are interested in this topic. To gain the full benefit of an LLC experience, we ask that members commit to participating in the community through formal and informal programs and activities.

What Living Learning Communities are Offered?

First Year Living Learning Communities

Academic Success

This community provides first-year students with the opportunity to live in an environment centered on the development of skills that promote their success in academic endeavors. Students in this community will have the opportunity to participate in regular programs designed to provide skills and knowledge that will enhance their academic performance. Program topics may include time management, study skills, writing techniques, and study/tutor groups. Community members will also be empowered to utilize campus and peer resources to develop personal success strategies.

Why should I join?

This community allows students to connect with staff and fellow residents who can help them develop effective academic habits and a balanced approach to college life. Members of these communities will also benefit from residential quiet hours that begin earlier than on other floors.


Healthy Lifestyles: Fit

This group provides a community built around wellness and healthy living. Structured programs centering on social, physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of wellness are offered regularly. This community of students will commit to priorities and goals associated with healthy living. Participants will have the chance to learn about multiple dimensions of wellness through attending programs offered by various campus departments.  Formal activities will total about 1 hour per week. The community will be empowered to generate informal activities that complement individual approaches to wellness.

Why should I join?

Members will enhance their understanding of the various dimensions of well-being. This community is ideal for those who want to commit to improving their own wellness and establishing healthy habits in the context of a peer support group with similar priorities.


International Experience: Compass

This LLC is for students who want to develop an awareness of global issues and learn about different cultures. Programs will help participants understand values of global diversity, and will provide meaningful exploration of cultural ideas and experiences. Participants will be asked to engage in about 1 hour per week of programming and activities.  Programs include faculty discussions about specific countries and current events, conversations with international student groups, movie nights, meals, and international holiday celebrations!

Why should I join?

This is a great opportunity to meet other students from diverse backgrounds, to prepare for studying abroad, or to learn more about international events and issues. You’ll enhance your understanding of the contributions of other cultures to a diverse and ever-changing world.

Upper-class Living Learning Communities

Brothers Reaching Out (B.R.O.) Community

The Brothers Reaching Out (B.R.O.) community is part of the Chapel ministry outreach. This community is designed to create fellowship and support for men who want to grow in their faith and enact their values through service. Men in this group meet regularly to support each other, to increase understanding of their faith, and to serve their community.

Why should I join?

Students who are part of this community strive to minister to each other, grow in their leadership skills, and serve their community. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop personal faith, put the goal of service into action, and mentor other men in their spiritual journey.


Sisters in Spirit (S.I.S.) Community

The Sisters in Spirit (S.I.S.) community is part of the Chapel ministry outreach. S.I.S. is a community of women looking to help each other reach their full potential in Christ. Student groups include first-year through senior students who meet to share, learn, and grow in their Christian faith. This community offers the opportunity for women to engage in service projects, support each other in their spiritual life, and explore relevant topics from a faith-based lens.

Why should I join?

This community offers a small support community and the chance to share life experiences with other women of faith. This is a wonderful way to reflect on and find support for your faith journey, to do service projects, and to develop deeper friendships.

If you’re interested in joining B.R.O. or S.I.S., please contact Pastor Charlene Cox at the Chapel of the Resurrection or at charlene.cox@valpo.edu.


Language Houses

German Language & Culture Community

The German Language & Culture Community is a German language immersion program within the Kade-Duesenberg German Language House and Cultural Center. Residents of the German House come together around a shared love of German activities and culture. A native-speaking German program assistant coordinates the community’s development and programming. Space is limited to 11-13 participants.

Application materials may be found on the German House website: valpo.edu/germanhouse.

Why should I join?

This house provides a wonderful opportunity for you to improve your spoken German skills, to live in a small community, and to enhance your understanding of German culture.


La Maison Française Community

La Maison Française is a French language immersion program. Students who participate in La Maison Française commit to living in an intentional environment where they can improve their language skills as well as live in a community of those who share their love of French culture.

Application materials may be found on the French House website: valpo.edu/foreignlanguages/french/frenchhouse.php.

Why should I join?

This community allows students to practice their French language skills, to build relationships with native French students and others interested in French culture, to and participate in programs within a small, friendly community.


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