Learning Communities

At Le Moyne College, we believe that learning can occur anywhere -- in class, in a group project, through an off-campus performance, in doing community service, even in the residence hall. Therefore, we have created “learning communities” so that new students with the same interests can take advantage of various learning opportunities together in their new environment.

Our residential learning communities are groups of first-year students who reside near one another and share some key course sections (usually two). Course subjects and selected out-of-class activities are linked by a common interest or major (such as biology, business, or performing arts).

Why enroll in a learning community?

    * “I want to meet new people.”
    * “I’m worried about adjusting to college life.”
    * “I won’t know anyone at first.”
    * “If I need help, will I know where to go?”
    * “I want to meet people with similar interests.”

These are common concerns of first-year students. Like you, we at Le Moyne College believe your first few months on campus are extremely important to your future college career. We know that college can be puzzling at first… new roommates, new classes, new schedules, new experiences, the 24/7 atmosphere of college life.

That’s why we have established first-year learning communities to make this “newness” less overwhelming academically and socially -- to aid in the transition from high school to college -- from home to living and learning on your own.

Being in a first-year learning community enables you to:

  • Make friends quickly. Being in class with students who live near you and share your interests is an easy way to meet people.
  • Get to know faculty. Students and faculty in our learning communities participate in activities outside of class that foster stronger student-teacher relationships and promote deeper learning and academic confidence.
  • Excel in your courses. Sharing a few course sections encourages dialogue among students and gives you an opportunity to be involved in study groups.
  • Know your community. When you come to college, you are part of a larger community. Joining a learning community gives you a chance to engage in valuable service to others -- both on and off campus.
  • Feel at home. The closeness that develops in a learning community helps you get used to the college experience quickly because you are doing things together.

Learning community enrollment is voluntary however, nearly 50% of the Class of 2016 joined a learning community. While there is a residential component, commuting students are highly encouraged to join.

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