Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

In these communities, students with shared academic, social and cultural interests live on the same floor and attend courses together. This experience is considered a "high-impact practice," promoting the following:

  • Higher grade point averages
  • Higher first-year to second-year retention rate
  • Students less likely to be academically dismissed after their first year of college
  • Higher percentage of students graduating on time
  • A greater sense of community and belonging than non-LLC students, especially at research-intensive institutions

Living Learning Communities are grounded in the belief that learning is an active and dynamic process that occurs inside and outside the classroom.​ With faculty and staff directly connected to LLCs, residents have more opportunities to build relationships with professors and invested campus partners right where they live. Residents in LLCs benefit from additional resources, support, and enhanced activities centered around a specific focus in order to elevate their Wolf Pack experience.

Student outcomes

As a result of actively participating in Living Learning Communities, students will be able to:

  • Interact and engage with academic and administrative faculty outside of the classroom
  • Develop personal relationships with peers of similar academic, social and cultural interests
  • Take at least one shared required course with others in their living learning community
  • Attend programs and events relevant to their major or common focus
  • Receive academic advising and other academic services in their residence hall

Living Learning Communities

Each LLC was named by its participants.

  • Black Scholars - Great Basin Hall

    The Black Scholars Living Learning Community connects all students and provides a supporttive environment to collectively explore Black Identity, cultures and communities. The Black Scholars 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 connect and network with peers and faculty who identify as Black faculty, engage in common Black studies classes, and participate in cultural events and activities on campus and in the local community. This community is open to all students living on campus. 

    Goals

    Students in the Black Scholars LLC will be able to:

    • Explore related scholarship and culture through a variety of art forms and continue conversations outside of the classroom
    • Engage in programming regarding history and the diverse cultures and communities within Black Identity 
    • Explore Black identity through discussions regarding historical and current contexts, including structural racism, anti-Blackness and social movements toward justice
    • Network and build connections and relationships with Black faculty and peers
    • Contribute to a sense of belonging for Black students on campus
  • College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources (CABNR) - Great Basin Hall

    This Living Learning Community is open to all qualified students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) Living Learning Community offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to live and work with students who have similar academic goals and interests while also providing individualized mentorship and extracurricular activities. For more information and a complete list of eligible majors and eligibility requirements, please see the CABNR LLC webpage.

    Interact with University faculty and professionals from the Northern Nevada region and beyond who are successful in their careers in agriculture, science, engineering and medicine while building lasting relationships.

    Goals

    The CABNR LLC will foster learning opportunities for students that build and strengthen the community while bridging their academic and social integration through the following:

    • Will participate in intentional programming each semester that meets their needs as identified by resident interactions, interest surveys, and residence hall assessments
    • Will engage with faculty, advisors and peers
    • Will be informed of variety of resources CABNR provides to their students
  • College of Business - Nevada LLC

    The Business LLC is designed for new business students to achieve academic and personal success in their first year. Students will interact with each other and with University 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 first-year business students.

    Goals

    • Students in this community will get a guaranteed spot in BUS 101, which exposes students to career-related topics and events such as networking events, career fairs, etc.
    • Students will receive additional academic support through special advising sessions in their residence hall
    • Students will be exposed to a supportive and inclusive environment within on their floor as well as guidance by the Business LLC academic mentor and resident assistant

    Student experiences

    “The Business LLC was an amazing experience that I had in my first year of college. It gave me the opportunity to connect with new friends that might be studying the same major or same minor as me. It also gives you an opportunity to help out with each other such as homework, or having study groups for exams and finals, and ect. It also gives an advantage because a majority of the classes you have will be the same for the other business majors and minors.” Chris Luna, Major: Marketing BSBUS

    “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

    “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

    “I loved the friendships that I formed and the close community feel that the floors provided.” Zachary Reed, Major: Pre-Business

  • College of Education & Human Development - Nevada LLC

    Open to all first-year students majoring in Elementary Education (ECE/ELAD/SpEd), Secondary Education (including PackTeach and NevadaTeach), or Human Development and Family Studies. Residents involved in the community take the first-year 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, following their first-year group advising session.​

    ​Goals

    By the end of the academic year, students in the Education & Human Development LLC will: ​

    • Be able to identify and explain their choice of major within the College of Education & Human Development 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​ & Human Development
    • 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
  • College of Engineering - Great Basin Hall

    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

    By the end of the academic year, students in the Engineering LLC will:

    • Build community with peers who share a similar focus and form study groups together.
    • 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.
  • College of Science - Great Basin Hall

    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, a complete list of eligible majors, and eligibility requirements, please see the College of Science LLC webpage.

    Goals

    By the end of the academic year, students in the Science Living Learning Community will:

    • Establish a sense of community among students who have 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

    Events offered to students living in the Living Learning Community:

    • 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 University's 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

    Student experiences

    “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

  • Gender, Sexuality and Identity - Great Basin Hall

    The Gender, Sexuality, and Identity Living Learning Community (LLC) connects all students and provides a supportive environment to collectively explore identities of LGBTQUIA+ culture and community. The Gender, Sexuality, and Identity 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 connect and network with peers and faculty who may identify as LGBTQUIA+, engage in common Gender, Sexuality, and Identity-themed classes, and participate in cultural events and activities on campus and in the local community. This community is open to all students living on campus.

    Goals

    Students in the Gender, Sexuality and Identity LLC will have opportunities to:

    • Participate in an intentional, open minded, inclusive and supportive community 
    • Explore and learn about gender and intersectional identities in formal and informal programming
    • Take courses focused on intersectional identity and/or the history and social history of sexuality
    • Make connections with faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQUIA+ and/or whose research fields are identity, gender and sexuality
  • Honors Residential Scholars - Nevada LLC

    The Honors Residential Scholars Living Learning 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 in all academic majors who have been admitted to the Honors College. This is an inclusive LLC that includes, but is not limited to, student-athletes, first-generation college students, members of underrepresented groups and students who demonstrate financial need.

    To be considered for a space in the Honors Living Learning Community, you must complete the Honors LLC portion of the Honors College admission application in addition to the primary housing application.

    Visit the Honors College application page.

    Goals

    By the end of the academic year, students in the Honors Residential Scholars LLC will:

    • Engage with outstanding honors instructional faculty/staff by expanding awareness of global issues and connectivity in the honors first-year seminar.
    • Immerse themselves in honors programming, both curricular and cocurricular, under the guidance of our exceptional mentoring/coaching program and develop a personalized plan to complete one of our three curricular pathways.
    • Investigate individual and collective growth opportunities that align with the Honors College’s mission pillars – Resilience, Ingenuity, Stewardship and Equity.
  • Indigenous - Great Basin Hall

    The Indigenous Living Learning Community connects all students and provides a supportive environment to collectively explore Indigenous 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. This community is open to all students living on campus.

    Goals

    Students will be able to connect with resources such as work study, internships, undergraduate research, and other opportunities for financial and academic support

    • Students will be able to connect and engage with Indigenous faculty, peers, tribal communities and elders through research and mentorship opportunities locally and beyond
    • Students will be able to explore Indigenous cultures through discussions regarding historical and current context, including structural racism, Indigenous sovereignty, social movements toward justice and decolonization
    • Students will be able to participate in cultural, community and social activities that center on Indigenous identities and experiences
    • Students will be able to enroll in courses that center on Indigenous heritage, languages and cultures, through a historical and current context
  • Latinx - Great Basin Hall

    The Latinx Living Learning Community (LLC) connects all students and provides a supportive environment to collectively explore identities of Latinx history, culture and community. The Latinx 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 connect and network with peers and faculty who may identify as Latinx, engage in common Latinx-themed classes, and participate in cultural events and activities on campus and in the local community. This community is open to all students living on campus.

    Goals

    Students in the Latinx LLC will have opportunities to:

    • Explore and learn about Latinx history and identity in formal and informal programming
    • Make connections with Latinx faculty and staff with the potential for mentorship and leadership opportunities
    • Take courses focused on intersectional identity and/or Latinx culture
    • Participate in events and activities with a Latinx focus
    • Live in a Spanish-language-friendly environment
  • Reynolds School of Journalism - Nevada LLC

    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

    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
  • School of Community Health Sciences - Nevada LLC

    Available to all first-year students with a declared major within the Health Sciences. Students involved in the community interact with other students who share a course of study and similar 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

    By the end of the academic year, students in the Health Science LLC will:

    • Establish a sense of community among students who have a similar focus
    • Join and actively participate in a pre-professional club or organization
    • Identify and utilize campus resources such as: Advising, Writing & Speaking Center, University Tutoring Center, University Math Center, Counseling Services, Student Health Center, E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center, Nevada Career Studio and the Disability Resource Center
    • Explain health science degree requirements and identify additional requirements needed to apply to professional programs/schools

    Student experiences

    “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

  • Transfer - Canada Hall

    The mission of the Transfer LLC is to give transfer students a real sense of belonging to the University community and provide them with the skills and resources needed to be successful as they transition to the university learning environment. Transfer students are not new to college and have unique set-up needs. The Transfer LLC will allow transfer students to live amongst other transfer students guided by an RA who was also a transfer student. Our goal is to not just help you adapt to the University, but to have you add your uniqueness to enhance the campus community. 

    Goals

    By the end of the academic year, transfer students in this LLC will:

    • Establish a sense of community with other transfer students living on their floor
    • Enroll in a common course that will satisfy general education requirements and allow transfer students to immerse themselves with the unique physical and cultural landscapes of the Reno-Tahoe region
    • Network with University faculty and student leaders through on- and off-campus community engagement activities
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) - Great Basin Hall

    The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Living Learning Community (LLC) is focused on building community among students 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 and a complete list of eligible majors and eligibility requirements, please see the WiSE LLC webpage.

    Goals

    By the end of the academic year, students in the WiSE LLC will:​

    • Establish a sense of community that will empower female students who have a passion to pursue a degree in STEM.​
    • 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

    • Living Learning Community Retreat - In late August/early September, both the College of Science LLC and the WiSE LLC attend an overnight retreat at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, CA where students participate in a challenge course, team-building activities, campfire, night hike, and star party with the University's Astronomy Club.​
    • Semester-long engagement with scientists, scholars, engineers, and healthcare professionals that will enrich our female students with knowledge and inspiration. 

What do I need to do to apply for a living learning community?

Apply for on-campus housing

Apply for housing and submit the initial payment.

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

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

LLC eligibility

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.