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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Course Connections

When you enroll in a learning community, you and your fellow community members are automatically registered for a block of courses you'll take as a group.  Depending on which learning community you choose, the courses fulfill requirements for specific majors or general education.

Shared Experience

All learning community students are expected to read a common book during the summer before they join the program in the fall semester.  The common read selection for the 2014-2015 academic year is Coming of Age in Mississippi, by Anne Moody. The chosen book for 2015-16 will be announced this winter, so please check back here or visit the Common Read website.

When you arrive for Orientation, you will be able to buy the book at a discounted rate at our on-campus Barnes and Noble bookstore, or you can buy the book at any bookstore or online book retailer.  The selected book may be used in some of your classes, and you will have the opportunity to engage in out-of-class activities and discussions as well.

Faculty Interaction

Learning community students are often offered the unique experience of getting to know their faculty outside of the classroom.  Faculty are given the opportunity to attend various social and academic support events.  Many are excited about what learning communities are doing on our campus!

"Learning communities serve a tremendous purpose in the success of students, and I have been impressed with the caliber of students I have worked with in these groups." -Dr. Aaron Budge, Civil Engineering

Peer Mentors

Each learning community has their own Learning Community Coordinator (LCC), an upper-class student dedicated to helping you set and achieve academic goals.  LCCs also help develop study groups within your community and plan social events for community members.

First Year Friends

Worried about making friends your first year?  Most first-year students feel the same.  As a part of a learning community, you'll live and attend classes with people who share similar interests.  Learning community members tend to make friendships that last as they learn, dream, and discover college life together.

Residential Life

A learning community is more than a residence hall.  It's more than a social group.  It's an opportunity to live and learn with other first-year students like you, and it's a sure path to success at Minnesota State Mankato.

Learning community participants have the opportunity to move into their Residence Community a day early and avoid the crowds of regular move-in day.

The Bigger Picture

There is life outside of the classroom--and your learning community will help you make the most of it! Your LCC, fellow first-year students, and faculty you meet through the community will help you find ways to get involved in student organizations, academic clubs and the Greater Mankato community.

Giving Back

Your learning community will choose and participate in a service project, either on campus or in the Mankato community. Often, faculty work with learning communities to choose projects related to the major or course subjects--like the elementary education students who created a Fall Fun Night for Halloween in a local elementary school, the engineering students who worked for Habitat for Humanity, and the nursing students who participated in an Alzheimer's Walk.

Sure Success

Research on learning communities nationally and here at Minnesota State Mankato tells us that participants are more likely than non-learning community students to have higher grades, to find opportunities to interact with faculty, to get involved in campus activities and events, and to report greater satisfaction with their overall college experience.