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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Frequently Asked Questions

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What time commitment is required to be in a Learning Community?

The main focus of the Learning Community Program is for you to have a successful transition into college and to have the academic support you’ll need to succeed. Your Learning Community Coordinator will offer weekly study groups and activities. These activities may help you get to know others better in the Learning Community, help you engage with faculty, get to know more about campus, help you be more successful in your classes or give you resume building opportunities. By participating in these activities, you have a structured opportunity to focus on your academics, becoming engaged with the campus and your career goals, something you will be doing anyway!

How many people are in each Learning Community?

Our learning communities have no more than 24 students. We want to be able to build a community with all of our students. That means you have a peer mentor (who has been in your shoes before) that is available to help you and your peers in a smaller community setting.

What benefits will a Learning Community provide?

Not only does a Learning Community offer extra support from peers and faculty, being a part of a Learning Community helps you become connected with potential careers, a structured academic plan to help you graduate within 4 years. Research show that students within a learning community tend to have a higher GPA and finish college faster (that is money in your pocket!) than those who do not participate! Learning Community students have a built in support network the moment they step onto campus.

I can’t find a Learning Community that fits?

Unfortunately we do not have a perfect Learning Community for every major on campus. Certain learning communities are very major specific, while others offer help to a wider range of majors or areas of study. Check out our First Year Opportunities page to see what majors fit best with each learning community. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us! We might be able to help you find one that will work for you!

Do I have to live on the Learning Community floor of the residence hall?

Our first year learning communities are required to live on campus to partake in the learning community. Not only does this better connect you to your peers, but it also helps create a community. Students in our Sophomore Learning Communities are not required to live on campus. If you have any questions about accommodations, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’ll be happy to help!

Can I still live with my preferred roommate, even if they are not in the Learning Community?

Students in Learning Communities normally are assigned roommates that are in the same Learning Community. We will work to accommodate roommate requests, but that is not a guarantee based on space availability on the floor and other residential life policies for roommate matching.


Questions? Contact:

Jean Clarke
Director, University Learning Communities
C131 Crawford Residence Community
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-1450