Advantages of Joining a Learning Community
MAKE LIFELONG FRIENDS
Learning Community students often say they found their best friends in the Learning Community. As a part of a learning community, you'll be with people who share similar interests. Learning community members tend to make friendships that last as they learn, dream, and discover college life together. First year students also live near the students in their Learning Community.
You and others from the community are automatically registered for the courses listed for your community (lack of participation could result in spring learning community course registration not being guaranteed). You will take these courses as a group. Courses will either fulfill requirements for specific majors or University General Education.
- Students do not have to take all the courses listed for each semester to be a member of the Learning Community, based on advising recommendations.
Get to know faculty outside of the classroom, an opportunity not all first–year students have. Faculty members instructing your courses and from your area of interest will be involved with the learning community. It might be a faculty led study session, a shared meal, or helping with your Make A Difference project. Many are excited about what learning communities are doing on our campus!
Engage with an upper-level student dedicated to helping you set and achieve academic goals, your Learning Community Coordinator (LCC). LCCs help develop study groups within your community and plan social events for community members and more. LCC’s will help you connect with support resources on campus and help you navigate your college life.
There is life outside of the classroom--and your learning community will help you make the most of it! Your LCC, fellow 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.
Make A Difference
Your learning community will choose and participate in a service project, either on campus or in the Mankato community. Often projects are related to the major or interests of students—the elementary education students create a Fall Fun Night for Halloween in a local elementary school and the nursing students participate in an Alzheimer's Walk.
By sharing experiences, you have a built-in support system to help you start college the right way and have a great first year! Through participation you will have higher grade-point averages, have more meaningful interactions with faculty, get involved in campus activities and events and have a greater satisfaction with your overall college experience.
We encourage you to live on campus with others in your Learning Community because that's where much of your networking and informal learning takes place. However, we understand that everyone is navigating their way through social distancing in different ways. Because of COVID-19, we are not requiring students to live on campus. If a student chooses the Learning Community housing, they will be assigned to renovated double room (Crawford A, B, D, McElroy E, F, H or Preska I). Renovated rooms have in-room air-conditioning and share a community bathroom with the floor. Learning Community students are housed with other students in the same learning community.
As a member of a learning community, you can move into the residence halls a day before everyone else (a great way to avoid the crowds). You will participate in activities with your community your first evening, which will allow you to instantly get to know others.