First Year Experience

The First-Year Experience Living-Learning Community

The first year of college can be very challenging for new students. We recognize that students will have understandable concerns about being away from home, making new friends, and coping with the rigors of collegiate academic coursework.  Guided by the best practice of creating a cohort and a common sense of identity as a foundation for success, the First-Year Experience Living-Learning Community (LLC) provides students with the opportunity to attend fun and engaging programs that are designed to provide participants with opportunities to make connections with peers, become familiar with the Valpo community, and explore how the LLC’s core topics connect to their own interests and values.

What is a living-learning community?

An initiative sponsored by Residential Life, the First-Year Experience LLC is a living-learning environment where students with similar interests live together and participate in programs that cater to their academic, social, and personal needs.  The First-Year Experience LLC consists of three core topics: Academic Success, Personal Wellness, and Cultural Competency.

What are the benefits of a living-learning community?

Students in living learning communities report making friends quicker and connecting with faculty, staff, and other students more easily. These programs are created to give one a shared experience around their academics and residential environment. This gives them a chance to live and learn with students of similar interests and build a supportive, fun, and vibrant community of friends!

What are the requirements to be a part of a living-learning community?

If a student chooses to be a part of this Living Learning Community, they should have an interest in the LLC’s topical areas (Academic Success, Personal Wellness, Cultural Competency) and a desire to contribute to a community with others who are interested in these topics. There is no additional cost to the student in order to participate in the LLC; however, 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 (about 1-hour per week).

How do I apply?

If a student is interested in being part of the First-Year Experience LLC, they may select it as part of the On-Campus Housing Application via their Housing Self-Service in DataVU. When prompted to preference where they would like to live in the Fall, choose First-Year Experience LLC as one of the options.