Rutgers offers our incoming first-year students with a multitude of learning community offerings. Students in first-year learning communities will enjoy the benefits of sharing common residential and academic experiences while making new friends, exploring common interests and being a part of a close community of peers. We are excited for your participation in a Rutgers Learning Community. These programs will provide you with an opportunity to connect to a community of faculty, staff, and fellow students and to receive individualized attention to build foundations for success in your first year and beyond.

What Students Are Saying:

  • “Having people you live with in the same classes was a huge help. I am doing a lot better in my classes than I would have if I did not live in a discovery house.”
  • “Having a peer mentor who is knowledgeable about many aspects of education, especially research opportunities.”
  • “Living with and going to class with the same people helped me to develop friendships and made the transition to Rutgers much easier.”
  • “Having classes together. It made us study and learn better.”

Living-Learning Communities

Living-learning communities are both residential and curricular, allowing students to take one to three common first-year courses together with the ability to build supportive social and academic networks in and outside of the classroom. As a community member, you will make connections with faculty, students, and staff that will contribute to academically rich, fun, and rewarding academic experiences.

Application Processes:

  1. Take your placement testing ASAP if you are a first-year. Most of the communities require Basic Composition or higher and we cannot accept you into a community until we have reviewed your placement scores.
    • We will not review scores for the International LLC.
    • Business and Health and Medicine require math and English scores.
    • French Language and Culture require French scores.
    • If you have APed out of the courses related to the LLC of your choice, this opportunity is likely not the best fit for you as you will not be able to take the courses affiliated with the LLC. You may upload scores for our office to review here.
  2. Go to oncampus.rutgers.edu for your housing application. When you arrive to the Learning Communities page on the housing application, utilize the drop-down box to select a living-learning community based on an interest area you would like to explore. Remember you must live in the designated residence hall and take the associated course(s) in order to participate in our LLCs. The priority deadline for applications is June 7, but we will accept applications after this date if there is space.  BE SURE TO REVIEW THE REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY SECTIONS BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY THROUGH THE HOUSING APPLICATION.
  3. The following LLCs require a brief supplemental application in addition to the housing application. The supplemental application can be found here for: Entrepreneurship and Innovation LLC, Business Discovery House, and Health and Medicine.
  4. After we check your scores and review your housing and supplemental application (if applicable) we will notify you via email whether your application has been accepted or declined. Ensure the email you list on your application is one you can check after you’ve graduated from your current institution/left your previous institution. If your application is accepted, you will be automatically enrolled in the LLC if there is a COMPLETED housing application on file. If you wish to no longer participate it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to immediately respond to our email and make us aware of your wish to decline the LLC. If we decline your application, you will be provided an opportunity to apply for a different LLC if space and time allows. Generally, the earlier you apply, the sooner we can notify you.

Thematic Communities

Thematic communities allow students with specific academic, personal, or professional interests to live amongst one another. These housing options have often been viewed by students as one of the most pleasant and satisfying experiences at the University.

Residential Colleges