The Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities in Great Basin Hall
College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources (CABNR)
*New for 2020-2021*
Open to all qualified students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources.
College of Science
This Living Learning Community is for incoming freshmen with a declared major offered by the College of Science. The goal of the program is to develop a community among College of Science freshmen who have similar academic interests and goals, along with providing mentorship and some extracurricular activities to enhance their first year at the university.
For more information, the supplemental application, a complete list of eligible majors, and eligibility requirements, please see the College of Science LLC webpage.
Goals of the Science LLC
By the end of the academic year, students in the Science LLC will:
- Establish a sense of community among like-minded students with a passion for the sciences
- Recognize and actively participate in a pre-professional organization within their field
- Be exposed to the importance of networking in the field through internships and will demonstrate this knowledge by starting the process of searching for and applying to internships or undergraduate research opportunities
Events offered to students living in the LLC:
- Living Learning Community Retreat - In early September, both the College of Science and WiSE LLC's go on a retreat to Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, CA where students participate in a challenge course, team-building activities, campfire, night hike, and star party with the UNR Astronomy Club
- Pennington Simulation Lab Tour - A tour of the Pennington building to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the medical school facilities and application process
“I really liked having a place to study right outside my door. I also owe some of my best friends to intramurals in the LLC.” Steven Wozniak, Major: Physics, Science LLC
College of Engineering
Open to all first-year students with a declared major in the College of Engineering. Students involved in the community take an Introduction to Engineering course and have the opportunity to interact with other engineering students who share their academic interests, making the creation of study groups and the establishment of support systems more convenient. Students are also eligible to participate in dedicated math and English sections with other students on the floor.
Goals of the Engineering LLC
By the end of the academic year, students in the Engineering LLC will:
- Be exposed to and begin participation in pre-professional organizations.
- Understand the importance of internships and begin working with the intern/career coordinator to explore internship options within their field.
- Utilize resources available specifically for Engineering students such as the tutoring center, career coordinator, advising and exchange programs.
Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Living Learning Community (LLC) is focused on building community among women who are pursuing degrees in science, math, and engineering programs. As incoming freshmen, all members of the WiSE LLC cohort will live together on the same floor of Great Basin Hall. For more information, a complete list of eligible majors and eligibility requirements, and the supplemental application, please see the WiSE LLC webpage.
Living Learning Communities in the Nevada LLC Residence Hall
Honors Residential Scholars Community
The Honors Residential Scholars Community provides a cohort of Honors students with the opportunity to develop both local and global awareness through inquiry, discussion, and immersion. The community is open to qualified students of all academic majors who have been admitted to the Honors Program. A supplemental application is required, in addition to the primary housing application. First-generation college students, members of underrepresented groups, and students who demonstrate financial need are particulary encouraged to apply.
Goals of the Honors LLC
By the end of the academic year, students in the Honors LLC will:
- Engage with the University Honors Community through involvement in curricular and extra-curricular Honors programming
- Explore the dimensions of nurturing and impactful mentorship with a network of peers
- Clarify sense of purpose and future impact by engaging in cause-focused goal-setting and intra-personal discovery
College of Business
Designed for new business students to achieve academic and personal success in their first year. Students will interact with each other and with Nevada faculty and staff by enrolling in a common set of courses including, IS 101, BUS 101 and dedicated sections of required math and English classes. The Business Living Learning Community is open to all freshmen business students.
Goals of the Business LLC
At the end of their first year, Business Living Learning Community students will have obtained the necessary skills within their community and classes to be successful throughout the rest of their time at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Hear from Business LLC students
“I loved meeting new people and living with an awesome roommate for the year. It made my transition to college that much easier.” Jeremy Swayze, Major: Pre-Business, Business LLC
“The LLC helped me grow to the person I am today. The people and academic focus in the building made my freshman year of college amazing.” Joe Welch, Major: Accounting/Finance, Business LLC
“I loved the friendships that I formed and the close community feel that the floors provided.” Zachary Reed, Major: Pre-Business, Business LLC
College of Education
Open to all first-year students majoring in early childhood, slementary, special, secondary, or integrated education programs, or human development and family studies. Residents involved in the community take the freshman seminar for education students (EDU 110) and are also eligible to participate in dedicated math and English sections with other students on the floor. Additionally, students will have personalized advising sessions in a designated area of the LLC.
Goals of the Education LLC
By the end of the academic year, students in the Education LLC will:
- Be able to identify and explain their choice of major within the College of Education as well as articulate the expectations regarding the licensure or certification process, important timelines, and required courses
- Be able to identify and become an active participant in one of the professional organizations within the College of Education
- Be able to identify the various opportunities within the field of education available to educators through endorsements
- Be able to identify community resources available for service-oriented positions
First Year / First Year Undeclared
Open to all first-year students who are either undecided about their major or are in a major not included in one of the communities above. Members of this community will take their math and English course with other residents on their floor. If undecided, students will also be required to take the Academic and Career Exploration course (ACE 100).
Gender, Sexuality and Identity
This living learning community is open to all qualified students who identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or allies. This community explores many topics around LGBTQIA+ identities and history.
Available to all first-year students with a declared major within the School of Community Health Sciences. Students involved in this community will take an introductory course together as directed by their academic advisor. The community will facilitate the opportunity for students to interact with other students who share a course of study and career aspirations.
Health Science Living Learning Community students will also be placed in designated math and English sections and will be provided with a group forum to augment their academic life as well as provide for both study and social activities. The Community Health Sciences (CHS) major is advised for individuals interested in the nursing path.
Goals of the Health Science LLC
By the end of the academic year, students in the Health Science LLC will:
- Be able to pull and understand their academic advising report in MyNevada
- Create a four year plan within the MyNevada system
- Learn tips on how to study for science courses and how to be a successful health science student
Hear from Health Science LLC students
“I had some of the best times in the LLC. I met my best friends and future study partners.” Mariana Kesovija, Major: Public Health, Health Sciences LLC
“I was extremely lucky to have been placed in the LLC. I met the best friends I’ve ever had, and they helped me to push through classes to achieve the academic standards that I was striving for.” Sarah White, Major: Public Health, Health Sciences LLC
“There’s always a welcoming fireplace and friendly faces. I miss that place!” Marisa Hagen, Major: Public Health, Health Sciences LLC
*New for 2020-2021*
The Indigenous Living and Learning Community connects all students and provides a safe environment to collectively explore Indegenous culture, traditions, experiences, and knowledge systems. The Indigenous LLC will provide support, mentoring, and networks necessary for educational success and empowerment while providing a comfortable living experience on campus. Students will have the opportunity to interact with Indigenous scholars, engage in common Indigenous studies classes, and participate in cultural events and activities on campus and in the local Native communities.
Open to all first-year students majoring in Journalism. Students involved in the community take an introductory Journalism course (107/108, and/or 110) approved by their advisor and have the opportunity to interact with students who share their course of study, making the formation of study groups and support networks more convenient. Students are also eligible to participate in dedicated math and English sections with other students on the floor.
Goals of the Journalism LLC
By the end of the academic year, students in the Journalism LLC will:
- Create a plan to complete the three pre-major required courses and explore the five emphases offered by the School of Journalism
- Explore available choices for a minor field of study or a dual major and incorporate this into their four-year academic plan
- Begin preparing for their internship or practicum as required by the Reynolds School of Journalism and discuss these experiential education opportunities with the school's internship director
This living learning community is open to all qualified students with an interest in Latinx culture and history and/or identify as Latinx.
What do I need to do to apply for a living learning community?
Apply for on-campus housing
You do not need to wait to be accepted to the University to apply for housing. As soon as you apply for the University and have your NSHE ID, you can apply for housing.
Meet eligibility requirements for courses
Your high school transcripts and placement exams will be used to determine eligibility
Indicate interest in living learning communities in your housing application
- In addition to the housing application, the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Science Living Learning Communities require a supplemental application
- During the housing assignments process, indicating an interest in living learning communities will supersede all other buildings and roommate preferences
Become eligible for freshman registration
Complete the following tasks in MyNevada:
- Making your $250 Advanced Registration payment
- Completing your Advanced Registration Questionnaire
- Submit all required immunization records
Students who apply and are eligible for freshman registration will be contacted regarding their eligibility for the Living Learning Community beginning in January
If students have already taken or tested out of the required courses for the living learning communities in which they are interested, they may be considered ineligible
Living Learning Community spaces are filled on a first-come-first-served based on housing application date and meeting eligibility requirements. Application to the Living Learning Community does not guarantee acceptance to a community.