Living Learning Communities

A Living Learning Community or LLC is a community of first-year students who live together in a residence hall (or are Mary Atkins commuters), share a common interest, and participate in group activities with a designated faculty member, student life representative, and upper-class student. We created Living Learning Communities to not only extend your learning beyond the classroom, but also to foster friendships among like-minded students and professors.

You will choose from a variety of LLCs (simply designate and rank your top choices on your Freshwoman Residence Application/Agreement). Most people get their top picks.

Academic Fusion or Scholars in Action?

As a member of an Academic Fusion Living Learning Community, you will take a class with your hall mates that's typically taught by your faculty advisor. You will also participate in thematically related events, such as attending concerts, films, theater presentations, lectures, art exhibits, and more.

Scholars in Action Living Learning Communities focus on a shared interest but are not tied to a class; in some cases those themes are academic in nature, and in others they're more about life enrichment. The Scholars in Action LLCs also have faculty and student life advisors who help organize a variety of interesting activities such as networking events, field trips to area businesses, visits to local spiritual communities, and whitewater rafting excursions.

Each year we offer a diverse selection of LLCs based on student interest. Here's a sample of communities that we have offered recently:

Academic Fusion LLCs

  • Ethnic Studies Living Learning Community
  • History Living Learning Community
  • Music Living Learning Community
  • Philosophy Living Learning Community
  • Sociology Living Learning Community
  • Women and Gender Studies Living Learning Community

Scholars in Action LLCs

  • Adventure Education Living Learning Community
  • Dog and Cat Lovers Living Learning Community
  • Leadership and Management Skills Living Learning Community
  • Science Living Learning Community
  • Social Justice and Educational Change Living Learning Community
  • Sustainability and Local Food Living Learning Community

Visit our housing website for a list of this year’s Living Learning Communities.

Sample LLC Activities

Here's a sample of things you might do in an LLC:

  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of SFMOMA
  • Visit organizations engaged in sustainable business practices
  • Experience the Exploratorium
  • Write poetry in the park
  • Meet and talk with Oakland city leaders
  • Take a historic walking tour of Fisherman's Wharf
  • Visit MoAD, the Museum of the African Diaspora
  • Bike through Golden Gate Park
  • Rock climb

Case Study: Education LLC

As part of the Education Living Learning Community, students:

  • Explored the murals in San Francisco's Mission District and discussed experiential learning
  • Met with first-year teachers to talk about successes and challenges in the classroom
  • Toured the Julia Morgan School for Girls on the Mills campus to learn about a single-sex middle school
  • Enjoyed a group dinner at Dr. Donahue's home in San Francisco

"One of the things about living together is that students support each other as learners. They study together and take classes in pairs. It’s those networks of support that predict success in college."

—David Donahue
Associate Provost
Professor of Education
Advisor for the Education LLC

Last Updated: 9/18/13