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Mission and Goals

The Office of Learning Communities is a joint collaboration between the Division of Academic Affairs and the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, and as such reports through two distinct areas, the Office of the Associate Provost (Academic Affairs) and the Office of Residence Life (Enrollment and the Student Experience). The Office of Learning Communities was created in July 2003 to support the growing learning community program at Syracuse University.

The mission of the Office of Learning Communities is to support new and incoming students' academic and social transition and success at Syracuse University through residential learning communities.

Goals for Learning Communities at Syracuse University:

  • Build partnerships among faculty, staff, and students to increase interaction, involvement, and learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • Connect the curricular and co-curricular experiences of students to create a seamless learning experience.
  • Facilitate college transitions by fostering smaller communities of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Promote opportunities for individual students to make more meaningful connections with members of the Syracuse University community.
  • Support students’ successful completion of their academic programs.
  • Support “at risk” student populations (first generation, international, students of color, students from marginalized genders and sexualities, students in the STEM disciplines, Posse Scholars, Say Yes students).

Types of Learning Communities

The Office of Learning Communities offers 2 types of experiences for students; residential learning communities and interest housing.

Residential Learning Communities
Residential learning communities create a more academically supportive environment for students in the residence halls by allowing students to live together around common interest (academic or theme) and take one or more courses together. This creates smaller and more unifying communities in the residence halls.

Interest Housing
Interest housing allows students to live together in a residence hall with a common life-style interest, but there are no academic requirements or courses associated with these community options.