What is a Living Learning Community (LLC)?
Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are residential communities that introduce and integrate academic and social learning through faculty/staff involvement and holistic education. LLCs at UT are designed to create a greater sense of community through increased opportunities for faculty and peer interaction around specific topics. Students living in LLCs live together in the same area of a residence hall and share experiences that reinforce the theme of their LLCs. LLCs provide students and faculty opportunities for connection outside the classroom and support networking across common interests.
Why would I join an LLC?
LLCs are designed to enrich the residential experience for students and connect academic and extracurricular involvement. Students in LLCs enjoy:
- More interactions with faculty, civic leaders, and university administrators
- Closer connections with faculty members
- Increased sense of community at UT Austin
- High satisfaction with their residential experience
- Greater content knowledge in their LLC topic
What are the types of LLCs?
LLCs at UT cover a wide range of interests for students and the community. LLCs can be connected to specific academic programs, around a particular issue or interest, or be themed from a broader range of synergistic interests. Some LLCs may involve required classes or majors, while others are open to students interested in a particular lifestyle or topic.
Active Living Living Learning Community
This community will explore ways to incorporate play, exercise, recreation, and fitness concepts into your daily life, helping you to successfully navigate the academic challenges ahead. Join the Recreational Sports team as we apply our mission of education through recreation into programs and activities designed for all skill levels and abilities. No previous sports experience or fitness knowledge required. Develop and maintain a community of peers and mentors that value, practice, and promote active living and personal wellness. We’ll bring the fun, you bring a positive attitude and a willingness to stretch your mind and your body
Catalyst Living Learning Community
- Jester West
- In partnership with The Center for the Study of Race & Democracy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Catalyst LLC will provide students with an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and programming surrounding various social causes. Students in this LLC will be equipped with the tools, resources, and skills needed to promote their own ideas and initiatives to create change in their community.
E3 Living Learning Community
- Jester West
- In partnership with Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program, Cockrell School of Engineering
The E3 Living Learning Community is a residential support program for unrepresented male students in the Cockrell School of Engineering. The LLC will enhance the community’s technical, communication, and problem solving skills to ensure our students are equip to solve and develop solutions of the future. Weekly seminar will consists of in-depth discussions, presentations, and activities that engage faculty and staff within the UT Austin community. Our LLC is intentionally designed to build community, establish a strong academic foundation, acclimation to college life, and start students on a successful path to graduation. Participants will have priority to register for FIGs , gain access to professional development events, and engage in outreach activities through the EOE program.
First Generation Living Learning Community
The First Generation Living Learning Community builds a peer and faculty/staff network for first generation students so that they can get academically and socially integrated into the college setting. This LLC provides a unique opportunity for first generation college students to connect on a deeper level in order to enhance academic achievement, increase campus involvement, and engage in developmental growth in a structured living learning environment. Programming will include academic workshops, faculty and alumni fireside chats, on- and off-campus projects (service learning), and residence life interactive activities.
Global Living Learning Community
The Global LLC provides the opportunity for UT students to be placed with other students from diverse cultural backgrounds and various countries. Residents will be able to interact with students from many parts of the world through participation in social events, dinners, discussions, faculty mentorships, and residential programs. This community is a dynamic place for students to enhance their intercultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills.
Healthy Lifestyles Living Learning Community
The Healthy Lifestyles LLC dedicated to substance-free lifestyles, wellness goals, and peer support. Students develop individual plans for maintaining and achieving wellness in four areas: biological wellness, psychological wellness, social wellness, and making a meaningful life. These wellness plans include personal wellness or recovery, support for one another and community building, and service to the campus and community. Great for first-year students in recovery from substance use disorders, recovering from mental health conditions and seeking a sober community, or those not in recovery but dedicated to personal growth and peer support. Members of this community must abstain from intoxicating substances while in the residential area.
Jefferson Scholars Living Learning Community
The Jefferson Scholars LLC allows students who are a part of the Jefferson Scholars Program in every college and major to acquire the essential elements of a liberal arts education and prepares them for a lifetime of citizenship and leadership. This residential community is connected to a larger community of scholars and students through the Thomas Jefferson Center who share a love of great books and thoughtful conversation. Through an integrated program of courses, extracurricular activities, and shared living space, students who are a part of the Jefferson Scholars LLC will experience the benefits of a small liberal arts college within a large research university.
Joynes Readers & Writers Living Learning Community
The Joynes Readers and Writers is both an academic and theme-based community, enriching the residential experience for honors students interested in all forms of narrative storytelling - including prose fiction, poetry, journalism, essays, plays, screenplays, and comics. Students in this LLC will have the opportunity to meet and learn from award-winning professional writers who are visiting the UT campus as adjunct faculty and/or guests of the Joynes Reading Room. Students will also have the opportunity to share their own creative work with each other in writing workshops facilitated by faculty and staff. This LLC will provide an opportunity for students who enjoy storytelling to build their skills and knowledge in a supportive community of peers with similar interests.
Sustainability Living Learning Community
The Sustainability LLC will broadly explore the connection between environmentalism, social justice, and economic longevity, commonly considered the three major components of sustainability – planet, people, and profit. This LLC encourages people curious OR skeptical about any aspect of sustainability to join the community. The year-long program will include opportunities to study the impact of personal and social activities on the environment and vulnerable populations, understand the social and natural ecosystems of Austin and the university, and go “hyperlocal” with sustainability by designing, within the community, ways to make this LLC sustainable and enriching for all participants.
Terry Scholars Living Learning Community
- Jester West
- In partnership with the Terry Scholars Foundation and the Office of the Dean of Students
The Terry Scholars LLC facilitates the Terry Scholars' development as leaders and scholars, while focusing on ways to give back through service, impact on their community, and by acting in congruence with shared values. The Terry Scholars LLC provides an opportunity for students to merge the academic, cultural, and social aspects of their identities within their institutional work. The LLC is focused on creating an environment where Terry Scholars can connect across difference while working through service to the UT Austin campus and surrounding community. Students who live in the Terry Scholars LLC will be able to build components of servant leadership while also participating in opportunities to facilitate activities and plan opportunities that will enhance their engagement.
Transfer Student Living Learning Community
The Transfer LLC brings together students who arrive at UT Austin with valuable college and life experiences. In this program, first-year transfer students build on the strength and resilience from these experiences and come together as a supportive community. Participants will benefit from exposure to a wide range of campus resources, connections with faculty and staff, workshops on self-authorship, and a built-in peer network. The program helps students translate their previous college experiences into academic success on the Forty Acres.
Women in Engineering Living Learning Community
The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) LLC provides 76 first-year engineering women the opportunity to live together in a supportive, residential community. All members live with other engineering women from the community on the same floor, make new friends quickly, form study groups, and have special programming and academic support from the WEP Staff. This LLC requires enrollment during the fall and spring semesters into a one-credit seminar. The fall semester focuses on How to College, the engineering design process, and small hands-on projects. In the spring semester, students form small teams to create solutions to one of the Engineering Grand Challenges or an engineering related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals project. This interdisciplinary community of engineering women, which offers hands-on engineering based projects and academic support from the Women in Engineering Program is a unique and wonderful start to your first year at UT!
Women in Natural Sciences Living Learning Community
The Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) LLC provides first-year women in Natural Sciences with the opportunity to live in a supportive residential community. This program creates networking opportunities and helps women develop close relationships with faculty, staff, and practitioners in their field. In this academic-centered community, students will improve their personal scholarly achievement within their science and enhance their understanding of careers in STEM fields.