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Frequently Asked Questions about living-learning communities

  • What is a Living-Learning Community (LLC)?

    LLCs are intentional learning environments that are heavily supported by the Office of Residence Life and the various Colleges and Schools across UMass Lowell. Students live together on the same floor and often share the same major or career interest. Each LLC has a Faculty/Staff Advisor that helps to support the community. Resident Advisors create programs for LLC students that help to make connections, build skills and expose them to opportunities happening across campus and throughout the region related to the theme of their LLC.

  • Who can live in an LLC?

    LLCs are for all students! For the 2017-2018 academic year we have 34 LLCs - 19 LLCs are designed for First-Year Students, and 15 area designed for Upper-Class Students. Of our 34 LLCs, three of them are mixed communities, which means they are designed for both first-year and upper-class students. Each year we grow our program based on student interest, so if you have an idea for a new LLC, please let us know!

  • Where are LLCs located?

    We have LLCs in every Residence Hall across campus! Each Residence Hall is unique, and we encourage students to be open minded and to choose an LLC based on their academic and career goals, not the building.

  • What does it mean to become part of an LLC? What do I have to do?

    We ask that LLC students are engaged. By being engaged, we mean that we want you to participate in the programs and events sponsored by the LLC. We want you to learn and to benefit from the incredible programs that we will be intentionally creating for our LLC students. We will sponsor trips, bring in alumni and host events in the Residence Halls for each LLC. We also provide early move-in programs and end of the year socials! College is what you make of it. Don't just sit in your room, walk down the hall, meet new people and make the most of what is happening within your community!

  • How do I sign-up to live in an LLC?

    Freshman Living-Learning Community sign up is a part of the Freshman Housing Contract.

    Upper class students will apply for housing on the Online Housing Gateway and then complete the addition form under the forms portion of the Housing Portal to apply for the Living-Learning Community.

  • How much does it cost to live in an LLC?

    LLCs are FREE! We want students to benefit form living with like minded peers in an a community that is supportive and inclusive. We do not charge students any fees to live in an LLC outside of the cost to live on-campus.

  • What benefits will I gain as a result of living in an LLC?

    You will hopefully meet fellow students who are like you, who share similar interests and passions, and make connections with faculty and staff who are excited to help you achieve your goals and dreams. We have developed Learning Objectives for each LLC which outline what we hope students will gain as a result of living in their respective LLC. For the specific Learning Objectives of each LLC, check-out the LLC pages list in the navigation or on our homepage!

  • Questions?

    Have more questions? Please contact Max Quinn, Coordinator of Living-Learning Communities at