Here at Iowa, first-year students belong to living-learning communities (LLCs). By living in an LLC, you’ll discover an avenue for making friends and connecting with the campus community. These communities are the perfect place to embrace your sense of adventure, broaden your horizons, and make the most of your college years.
What it's all about
- Blending the residential and academic experience
- Trying new things, making new friends, and challenging yourself
- Exploring and experiencing the University of Iowa and the Iowa City area with students who share your interests
- Getting a good education, but also growing as a person
- Connecting with peers, mentors and campus resources
- Interacting with professors and university staff members
- Opportunities for shared coursework
- Taking trips to events on and off campus
How Do I Choose?
We have over 30 unique living-learning communities. There are a wide variety of options to choose from. Check out a brief description for each LLC and look at some sample programs to get a feel for what each community is all about. Then, on your housing application, choose your top five living-learning communities, and we’ll take it from there.
Making the transition from high school to college can be challenging. At the University of Iowa, we provide you with many resources and support structures. Your upperclassman resident assistant (RA) is one way we support you. Your RA will plan events throughout the year to help you on your way. The wide range of social and educational events offered enhance the academic experience and provide opportunities for community development. The RAs are looking forward to welcoming you into their community. Also, living in an LLC will help you get involved. Research shows students who get involved in LLCs are more likely to:
- Stay in college
- Earn a higher GPA
- Experience a greater degree of satisfaction with their overall college experience
Your on-campus experience will be shaped by the living-learning community you choose, making your first year at the University of Iowa memorable. In your LLC, you will be surrounded by students who are passionate about your interests—ensuring you will make fast friends. You will gain valuable experience and preparation to be a student leader on campus.
Transferring to the University of Iowa?
Join the Road Less Travelled LLC. It is designed specifically for you. Meet fellow Hawkeyes, who are new to the University of Iowa, but not new to the college experience. You’ll have a lot in common already and will make fast friends. Get to know a new campus and all it has to offer with your fellow transfer students. Also, transfer students are welcome to be in a variety of other LLCs. The LLCs available to you will be indicated in your housing application.
How to Apply
The housing application will be live online starting in late October and can be accessed through your Admissions Profile on ISIS. You will to rank your top five living-learning communities at that time, and you can alter those selections at any time until March 1, 2013. Starting in late March, you will be able to choose your room from within your top five LLCs.
For More Information
Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 319-335-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.