Engineering Living Learning Community

A supportive environment for first-year engineering students.

The Engineering Living Learning Community (ELLC) is open to all first-year students with a declared major in the College of Engineering. As incoming freshmen, members of the ELLC live together on two floors of the Great Basin Residence Hall. Peer mentoring, professional development and other programs offer an enhanced college experience. The ELLC is committed to diversity: women, people from rural communities and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

What are the benefits?

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Build community with peers who share a similar focus. Attend College of Engineering activities, such as E-Week, as a group. 

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Peer mentors

Every ELLC student will be paired with an engineering peer mentor (an upper-division student).

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Prime housing

Great Basin Residence Hall offers primarily suite-style living arrangements, a 24-hour computer lab and other amenities.

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Professional growth

Exposure to pre-professional organizations that can offer networking and professional development opportunities.

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“Living in the Engineering LLC was such an amazing experience, and one I wouldn’t change for anything. I met my future roommates and best friends, was able to form study and support groups with people who were dealing with all the same classes and challenges as I was, and above all I was able to find a balance between work and fun. Between weekend drives, board game nights in the social lounge, and late-night study/homework groups the best experiences of my freshman year can all be tied to living in the LLC.”
— Shannon K 

What types of activities can I expect in the ELLC?

  • Before the College of Engineering Career Fairs, resume review and pre-event snacks
  • A dinner with engineering peer mentors and the Engineering LLC resident assistant
  • In-dorm visit with College of Engineering advisors
  • A Makerspace build activity
  • Spend time with your assigned engineering peer mentor (an upper-division engineering student)

ELLC eligibility and how to apply

Any first-time freshman with a declared major in the College of Engineering is eligible to apply. For more information and to apply for on-campus housing, visit the University’s Apply for housing page
When you apply for on-campus housing:

  • You will be asked if you are interested in Living Learning Communities; if you check "yes,"
  • You will be able to rank your top three preferences of communities, and you can choose the Engineering Living Learning Community if you wish.