Living Learning Communities
WKU Living Learning Communities enrich the on-campus living experience by stimulating academic success, social transitions, and overall student involvement within our residential communities.
Although each living learning community has unique opportunities, they all share the same vital purpose and goal: nurturing and developing a prosperous Hilltopper student to become engaged with other students and faculty throughout our campus.
The Agriculture Living Learning Community gathers students in the WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering majoring in the Agriculture disciplines and facilitates an open support system via faculty mentoring, strategic programming, service, and other opportunities.
The Army ROTC Living Learning Community is for students who:
- Are enrolling in the ROTC program and the Military Science course
- Want to live in the same residence hall and form connections with other Army ROTC students
- Want to participate in extracurricular activities that connect learning in and out of the classroom
- Want to experience career exploration with faculty, students, and advisors
Army ROTC partners with Western Kentucky University to recruit, educate, develop, and inspire Senior ROTC Cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army. The Army ROTC Living Learning Community consists of a diverse group of first year and scholarship students who are engaged in the Army ROTC program and a variety of co-curricular activities. The living learning community will create camaraderie and team building among ROTC students, ensure each ROTC student is persistent in their academics and connect ROTC students with faculty/staff to track student success through mentorship opportunities. Students in the living learning community will have access to many different opportunities to enhance their abilities and prepare them for their future careers.
The Band Living Learning Community will create and build upon relationships facilitated by participation in the Band. We aim to create a bridge between the fall and spring semesters for the students by initiating programmatic and in-hall social and educational activities.
The Business Living Learning Community is specifically designed for first-year students studying one of the business disciplines. The LLC offers mentoring from a Gordon Ford College of Business professor and an advanced LLC Resident Assistant who are specially trained to guide students toward engagement in university life and connections with academic support and counseling programs. RAs help students network with fellow students and provide group tutoring services.
Students will live on the same residence hall floor, attend M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan together, and take three classes together: BA 175 (University Experience – Business), CIS 141 (Basic Computer Literacy), and COMM 145 (Fundamentals of Public Speaking & Communication). The courses serve as requirements for students in GFCB majors.
Thanks to the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Gail Broady, there is no additional cost for students to enroll in the Gordon Ford College of Business Living Learning Communities.
Students who participate in the Business LLC will receive:
- A special housing assignment for Fall 2019 (Hugh Poland Hall)
- Business-centered programming within the Learning Community
- Specially selected professors who provide instruction and guidance in each shared course
- Dedicated and specially-trained LLC Resident Assistants
Space is limited.
The Flagship Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a living-learning community geared towards first-year and transfer students. The Flagship LLC is part of the Honors College housing options provided by the Honors College and the Housing and Residence Life Department . First-year and transfer students participating in the Flagship LLC are grouped together within Honors College housing, and provided opportunities to engage in Chinese language and culture within the residence hall.
In addition to extending their experience with Chinese language and culture outside of the classroom, these students also develop a sense of community and a built in support system as they transition to WKU and navigate their first year of Flagship coursework.
*Scholars participating in this living option are not required to have a roommate who is also in the Flagship. If you would like to request a room with a fellow Flagship student, please let our offices know when accepting your admission offer.
The Top of the Class Living Learning Community is specifically designed for first-year students studying to become teachers. The LLC offers mentoring from a School of Teacher Education professor and a LLC Resident Assistant who are specially trained to guide students toward engagement in university life and connections with academic support and counseling programs. RAs help students network with fellow students and connection to university resources.
Students will live on the same residence hall floor, attend M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan together, and take at least 1 education course together: EDU 250. The course servse as requirement for students in all School of Teacher Education majors.
There is no additional cost for students to enroll in the Top of the Class Living Learning Community.
Students who participate in the TOP of the Class LLC will receive:
- A special housing assignment
- Education-centered programming
- Specially selected professors who provide instruction and guidance
- Dedicated and specially-trained LLC Resident Assistants
The Engineering Living Learning Community provides a residential environment that fosters peer networking and academic success. This community gathers students from the WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering, majoring in the engineering disciplines and facilitates an open support system via faculty mentoring, strategic programming, as well as service and internship opportunities.
The FEAST LLC provides an opportunity for students to use the services of the WKU Dietitians to improve their dining experience on campus, receive resources that will help with their diagnosis or food need, develop relationships with others and learn how to communicate with others by living in a residence hall, and will promote food education.
The Freshman Academic and Career Exploration (F.A.C.E.) Living/Learning Community is a residential community built on shared extracurricular experiences. Students will participate in activities and events designed to help them clarify academic and career goals. As a member of this community students live in close proximity to other students with an Exploratory major and are provided advisory support from Advising and Career Development and Housing & Residence Life. Our goal is for students living in the Freshman Academic and Career Exploration (F.A.C.E.) Living/Learning Community to find their identity as a student and a young professional.
Requirements for Students:
- Must enroll in (UC175) University Experience course
- Attend all mandatory events
- Determine an academic major
- Developing collegiate study skills
- Understanding of academic, social and professional opportunities at Western Kentucky University
Students will also be supported by a Resident Assistant who will be available as a peer mentor and coordinate community activities.
Northeast Hall provides the following amenities:
- Large spacious rooms, that include a bathroom within the room for two roommates to share
- Extended living - the residence hall will remain open during university breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks)
- An "Iron Chef" style kitchen, so students can cook meals that remind them of home
- Small rooms with a table and chairs located on the ground floor that provide privacy for studying, prayer or small group conversation as you practice your English
The Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) Academy assists students who identify as students of color (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Multiracial) and/or are a first-generation college student, Pell eligible, and have some need with their transition, persistence, and graduation from WKU.
The ISEC Academy is a four-year student success program, coordinated by the Intercultural Student Engagement Center. We believe that students of color at Western Kentucky University are scholars who will achieve positive change in themselves, the WKU Community, and the world!
What to Expect
- A housing assignment on the same floor with ISEC peers based on your academic classification (first year student or second year student)
- One-on-one meetings with Navigator (Peer Mentor)
- Study hours
- Special academic/social cultural programming and events
The Pre-Health Living Learning Community gathers students majoring in the pre-professional health disciplines and facilitates an open support system via faculty mentoring, strategic programming, as well as service and internship opportunities.
The LGBT+ Living Learning Community strives to promote social integration and change for those of all different gender identities, sexual orientation, and gender expressions by creating brave spaces founded upon acceptance and empowerment. The goal is to help those grow into their authetic selves, while teaching members to become socially responsible through civic engagement and service opportunities centering around LGBT+ activism.
The Transfer Center in the Advising and Career Development Center aims to integrate the transfer experience into the Hilltopper community by providing assistance with transfer admission, credit evaluation, and advising services. In addition, the Transfer Center and Transfer Living Learning Community will provide in residential hall specialized programming to promote high academic achievement and strong social networks for all transfer students.
The $100 Solution™ House is a WKU Living-Learning Community of five individuals who have a passion for service and will be working together on projects through The $100 Solution™.
The $100 Solution™ provides students with knowledge, skills, and funds of exactly $100 USD to go into communities and make a difference by asking a simple question: “What can we do to improve your quality of life?” The program demonstrates the power a small amount of money has to change lives, and it challenges the way public service is traditionally done by fully engaging students in the process.
You can apply for a Living Learning Community through your WKU Housing Application. You can indicate and rate up to 3 Living Learning Community preferences.
Depending on the LLC, you may be asked to submit more information. You will be contacted by LLC staff about participating.
If selected for an LLC, you will be assigned to the building/floor housing the LLC. The residence hall preferences that you select on your housing application will not apply to your assignment if you participate in an LLC.