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Benefits of Joining a Learning Community

Participation in a learning community offers a number of benefits, all of which help promote your academic and social success at SU.  As with any endeavor you undertake, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it, but the potential benefits of living in a learning community include:

  • enhanced academic and social opportunities,
  • improved GPA,
  • improved connection to faculty,
  • greater involvement in learning,
  • increased satisfaction with your SU experience, and
  • increased persistence to graduation.

Added Support and Resources from a Learning Community

SU offers a wide variety of learning communities, and while not every community requires an academic course, they all have a significant academic focus.  Listed below are a variety of learning community activities common to most of the learning communities.  Actual activities vary from community to community, so read through the specific learning community descriptions to see which one is the best for you.

  • Contact with students who have similar academic goals
  • Common courses
  • Common place of residence
  • Career exploration
  • Introduction to university resources
  • Peer mentoring and/or tutoring
  • Faculty mentoring and involvement
  • Participation in department club or other organization
  • Leadership development
  • Exposure to international and/or diversity issues
  • Special programs to acquaint students with campus life
  • More collaborative learning environment

Top 10 Reasons to Join a Learning Community

10. Learn to lead the leaders! Learning community students have all sorts of opportunities to develop strong leadership skills. They also have opportunities to learn how to work in groups and be supportive teammates.

9. Possibly attend class in your bunny slippers! Well, for those of you with class in your hall. We don’t recommend bunny slippers for outdoor use.

8. Meet the cream of the crop! Some of the best faculty members on campus are involved with learning communities. And, they want to get to know you.

7. Great minds think alike! When you’re in a learning community, you know you’re among others who share your interests and goals.

6. Work hard, play hard! Students in learning communities love to learn and also love to have fun. They also know a good deal when they see it: a program that provides fun and learning!

5. The best of both worlds! What’s cool about a learning community is that you all share at least one thing in common with everyone…but you also bring your uniqueness to the group. You will meet people from all over the world, different backgrounds, different thoughts, and different ideas.

4. Get connected! You will meet a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff members in a learning community.  Campus resources will be at your fingertips.

3. Have fun! Trips to NYC or Washington D.C., laser tag or whitewater rafting, meals off campus, and service projects are just a few of the activities you might participate in as a learning community student.

2. 25 heads are better than one! In a learning community, help on a project or assignment is never far away.  You’ll all be close to help each other succeed in college.

1. Make friends fast! Friendships made in learning communities lead to real connections and lifelong ties.