Living-Learning Communities

What Is a Living-Learning Community?

Students in a Living-Learning Community at Kennesaw State University.A Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a community of students, who live together on campus, with similar academic, personal, or lifestyle interests. These students live in the same section of a housing community to create deeper connections. Residents in LLCs have a more in-depth experience related to the major or theme for the LLC.

Why Should I Apply to Live in a Living-Learning Community?

There are many benefits to living in a Living-Learning Community. Research shows that students who participate in an LLC:

  • Have higher academic success rates
  • Have higher levels of satisfaction with their college experience
  • Are more likely to graduate

At Kennesaw State University, students who live in LLCs:

  • Feel a greater connection to their experience at KSU
  • Build strong relationships with a more intimate community of their peers

Who Can Live In a Living-Learning Community?

All students who apply to live on campus are eligible to apply to live in an LLC. There are some LLCs that are connected to a specific major or are only available to specific classifications (i.e. First-Year or Upper Class students). We offer a variety of LLCs to choose from and welcome students to apply who:

  • Want to build and participate in a welcoming community
  • Seek to get more out of their on-campus living experience
  • Desire to learn more about themselves and their peers

For housing specific LLC questions, please email livinglearning@kennesaw.edu.

  • Academy for Inclusive Learning LLC logoLocation: University Village Suites

    Contact: Sarah Wyatt, Academic and Social Advisor, swyatt22@kennesaw.edu  

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    Requires approval from the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth (WellStar College of Health and Human Services) to reside in the community.

    The Academy is a 2-year college experience allowing students with different intellectual or developmental abilities, who do not meet the university requirements for admission, to learn beside degree-seeking students and live in the residence halls at the same time. You can find more about the program here.

  • Advanced Majors Program LLC logo

    Location: University Village Suites 4000 – Terrace Level

    Contact: Dr. Jennifer Louten jlouten@kennesaw.edu, Advanced Majors Program Director

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    Requires participation in the College of Science and Mathematics Advanced Majors Program to reside in the community. Students who indicate interest on their housing application will be forwarded to the director for approval.

    Do you excel in science or math? The Advanced Majors Program (AMP) gives motivated science and math students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience within the College of Science and Mathematics. The AMP Living-Learning Community provides 1st-year students with a housing and social environment that connects them with other AMP students and faculty. Participating students live, learn, and study together while taking part in special activities and events that prepare them for their future goals as scientists, doctors, and mathematicians.

  • Architecture LLC logo

    **This Living-Learning Community is not available for the 2020-21 academic year.**

    Location: Hornet Village 100 – First Floor

    Contact: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    The architecture community is designed to be an opportunity for students enrolled in the architecture program to live, learn, and work together throughout their college experience. Architecture majors are provided a supportive environment in which to engage other architecture students and build relationships, promoting their success in the architecture program at Kennesaw State.

  • Arts LLC logo**This Living-Learning Community is not available for the 2020-21 academic year.**

    Location: University Village 1000 Building – Second Floor

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    Requires approval from the College of the Arts to reside in the community.

    Are you planning to major in art, art education, art history, dance, music, music education, or theatre? Do you want to live with other students who share similar goals, passions, and interests? If so, the Arts Living-Learning Community is for you! Located conveniently close to the Arts District on the Kennesaw Campus, the Arts Living-Learning Community is designed to nourish and inspire a diverse group of artists and scholars from all of the visual and performing arts disciplines. As a resident, you will interact on a daily basis with students across the College of the Arts, allowing for a creative interchange of ideas, experiences, and inquiry. In addition, you will have access to programming, performances and exhibitions both on and off campus to enrich your life as an artist/scholar. The Arts Living-Learning Community is an ideal place to make friends, spark your creativity, and actively engage in an artistic lifestyle.

  • ASCEND LLC logo

    The ASCEND LLC is the on-campus living option for KSU CARE students who were homeless and/or in foster care during their K-12 education. Participants must be Kennesaw State University students who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Verified as an Unaccompanied Homeless Youth status based upon the McKinney-Vento Act provided by their High School Homeless Liaison
    • Eligible for an Education and Training Voucher (EVT) Program funded by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Independent Living Program (ILP) of the Georgia Foster Care Unit
    • or Eligibility otherwise determined by CARE Case Manager or Program Coordinator

    Depending on room availability, and if the eligibility requirements below are met, these students live together as a community so they can build stronger, hopefully life-long, relationships with students with similar life experiences. To apply, click here.

  • ERGO LLC logo

    Locations:

    Contact: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu

    Requires approval from the Division of Global Affairs to reside in the community.

    E.R.G.O. is a community in which students can live together and celebrate the differences in cultures and origins. International students as well as students looking to study abroad or wanting to have a unique experience through programming and engagement may want to live here and dive into a global Living-Learning opportunity.

  • Engineering LLC logoLocations: Hornet Village Building 200 – First and Second Floors

    Contact: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu

    The Engineering Community offers first-year students enrolled in (or interested in enrolling in) an engineering major a living environment that enhances their connection with the Engineering program at Kennesaw State University, in an engaged social setting. Students who choose the Engineering community have opportunities to connect with faculty and alumnae in the field of engineering, and live in close proximity to peers for forming study groups.

  • Exploratory LLC logo

    **This Living-Learning Community is not available for the 2020-21 academic year.**

    Location: University Village Suites – Fourth Floor

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    Are you unsure what you would like to major in at KSU? The Exploratory Living-Learning Community will provide opportunities to explore your interests and set you up for your academic path. The LLC will provide a glimpse into the types of questions, ideas, and texts guiding difference fields/majors. Participating students will live and learn together while attending on-campus events hosted by various academic programs and connecting with faculty from various majors.

  • First Generation LLC logoLocation: University Village Suites 3000 Building – Third Floor

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    The first-generation community is one of our newest communities, designed to specifically meet the needs of first-year, first-generation students. The program is developed to provide a supportive environment for these students to engage with the campus community and their peers while they learn how to navigate the college experience at Kennesaw State.

  • Gaming LLC logoLocation: University Columns

    Contact: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu

    Open to first-year and returning students, this community provides opportunities for those who share common interests in game design and gaming. Students will have a chance to interact with faculty and staff on campus. Our goal is to support our gaming students on campus by providing them opportunities to socialize, while also offering them off-campus trips to get them out of their room! Examples of what our Gaming community has done in the past: Attend SEIGE gaming conference, weekly gaming tournaments (Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Yugioh, Pokemon, etc.), and Dave and Busters game night. 

  • Honors LLC logoLocations:

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    Requires approval from the Honors College to reside in the community. Students who indicate interest on their housing application will be forwarded to the Honors College for approval.

    When you decide to live in the Honors Living-Learning Community at Kennesaw State, you are choosing to live in a community of dedicated scholars, just like yourself. The Honors community is a collaborative effort between the Honors College and the Department of Housing and Residence Life. By residing in this living-learning environment, students are able to live with others who thrive on an academically rigorous curriculum. While living together, residents are able to share similar experiences and rely on each other for academic and personal support. Both first-year and upper class students are able to live in the Honors community. In the Honors community, our residence halls are truly an extension of the classroom with a dedicated space to study and interact in the building.

  • Leadership LLC logoLocation: University Village Suites 3000 Building – Fourth Floor

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    Want to increase your capacity to build relationships, work with others, and become an impactful leader on and off campus? The Leadership Living-Learning Community is designed as an opportunity for first-year students to become connected with peers while becoming engaged on campus and in the community. Through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Student Leadership and Service and Housing and Residence Life, participants in this community develop their sense of self, understanding of others, and overall ability to positively influence social situations and global issues. Your participation in and commitment to the Leadership Living-Learning Community will culminate in a certificate of completion and service resume that can be used to support applications for subsequent leadership roles throughout campus.

  • Outdoor Adventure LLC logoLocation: Hornet Village Building 100 – Second Floor

    Contact: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu

    The students who participate in this community participate in an active lifestyle. Residents work alongside staff members to engage in community activities that help them to develop both individually and as a group. Examples of what the adventure community did in the past: camping trip at Red Top Mountain, hiking around Lake Allatoona, indoor rock-climbing and tubing down the Chattahoochee! Even if you have never done any of these activities, if you are willing to try something new, this community is for you!

  • Sophomore Expierence LLC logo**This Living-Learning Community is not available for the 2020-21 academic year.**

    Location: KSU Place G

    Contact: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu

    A new community, the sophomore experience is designed to specifically meet the needs of second-year students, particularly, those who could use some extra academic support. The program is developed as a support system to help students in their second year, develop skills in goal setting, utilizing resources, and personal exploration that will help them succeed during their second year at Kennesaw State. 

  • Stonewall LLC logoLocation: Contact community administrator below for location information

    Contact: LGBTQ Resource Center at lgbtq@kennesaw.edu

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    Requires approval from the LGBTQ Resource Center to reside in the community; please contact Jessica Duvall regarding the process to live in the community. Students who indicate interest on their housing application will be forwarded to Jessica for approval.

    The Stonewall community is a gender inclusive housing community specifically geared toward students of all sexual orientations, genders, gender identities, and gender expressions who want to live in a community celebrating their various identities and foster understanding, learning, and community

  • The Outfit LLC logoLocation: Contact community administrator below for location information

    Contact: Jessica Medovich, Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator, jnm4706@kennesaw.edu

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu 

    Requires approval from the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery to reside in the community; please contact Jessica Medovich regarding the process to live in the community. Students must contact Jessica to apply.

    The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery's, Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), has established The Outfit, as a roommate matching service, for students who are in recovery and wish to join the CRC. To be considered for housing in The Outfit, students must apply, interview and be accepted to the CRC, have been in recovery for at least one year and sign the CRC housing commitment contract. Students applying to be a part of The Outfit should be committed to the principles of recovery, possess strong ethical responsibility and be dedicated to growing in their recovery and academics.

  • Thrive LLC logoLocation: University Village 1000 – Fifth Floor

    Contact: Shae Smith thrive@kennesaw.edu, Manager of Thrive Scholars Program

    Contact for Housing-Specific Questions: livinglearning@kennesaw.edu

    Requires membership in the Thrive Scholars Program (selected HOPE Scholars) to reside in the community. Students who indicate interest on their housing application will be forwarded to the Thrive manager for approval. Please visit uc.kennesaw.edu/thrive to learn more. 

    Do you want to live with other HOPE scholars who share the same desire to thrive in college? The Thrive Scholars Program gives motivated HOPE scholars the opportunity to enhance their educational experience within a community of like-minded peers. The Thrive Living-Learning Community provides 1st-year students with a housing and social environment that connects them with other Thrive students and faculty. Participating students live, learn, and study together while registering for the same KSU 1101 course, as well as taking part in special activities that help them find purpose and their voice as they prepare for their future.

Special Interest Housing

Special Interest Housing (SIH) is available for student groups who require specific housing arrangements as part of their involvement with Kennesaw State University.

  • In conjunction with the Department of Athletics, Housing and Residence Life offers priority housing options for athletes throughout Austin Residence Complex. The student athletes must be approved by Athletics in order to live in these designated spaces.

  • In conjunction with Graduate Studies, Housing and Residence Life offers priority housing options for graduate students. These students must be approved by Graduate Studies.

  • In conjunction with the Department of Music, Housing and Residence Life offers early move-in for members of the KSU marching band. The students in marching band must be approved by the Department of Music.

  • Location: Austin Residence Complex 1400 and Courtyard

    Housing and Residence Life offers Veterans a place to live together and share in the experience together while have resources at their fingertips with a partnership with the Veteran’s Resource Center.

If you are interested in collaborating with Housing and Residence Life to create a community, please contact us at livinglearning@kennesaw.edu.

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