Learning Communities

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USA is committed to providing a variety of educational opportunities that will contribute to the academic success of our students. One such opportunity for all new students, including those who live on campus, is membership in a Learning Community (LC). A Learning Community is a group of students with shared interests who are enrolled in two or more classes together. Select areas of University housing are reserved for students in the same Learning Community to live and learn together with three freshman halls (Epsilon 1, Epsilon 2, and Azalea Hall) specifically designated for this purpose.
For example, students in Engineering LCs live together in one of the Epsilon residence halls. Our University Honors students also live in Epsilon, while our Leadership scholars live in Azalea Hall. Students interested in Language and Culture may opt for group housing in one of the Beta residence halls. This community will have exchange students from places like Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. The rooms reserved for this community have kitchen facilities, providing students the opportunity to cook and share meals from other cultures.
All freshmen are encouraged to join a learning community. National research shows that students in a learning community report a more positive social life and higher levels of student-faculty interaction (National Survey of Student Engagement Annual Report 2007). At USA, students who join learning communities are more likely to persist to year two, and have higher academic success rates, than students not in learning communities.

Learning Communities require a separate application in addition to the housing contract and prepayment. Click here to visit the Learning Communities page where you can view a complete list of LCs, complete the Learning Community Interest Survey, or learn more information.