Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are for students who share a common interest or academic pursuit, to live and study in an intentional educational community. LLC's create a more academically and relationally supportive environment for students living on campus and enhance the residential and educational experience of students.
Research shows that students who are involved in a Living Learning Community have elevated academic success, easier experience connecting with peers, increased graduation rates and overall higher satisfaction with their college experience.
There are many reasons to participate in Living Learning Communities at LMU, including:
- To help facilitate the academic and social transition to college
- To create strong academic skills to aid student's success
- To increase collaboration with faculty, peers and LMU community
- To aid in their retention at the institution
- To integrate academic and co-curricular experiences
- To promote increased satisfaction of the LMU college experience
- To develop an openness to views different from their own
Living Learning & Theme Communities
Are you a first-generation college student?
At First To Go @ LMU, any student whose parent(s) and/or care giver(s) did not receive a bachelor’s degree in the United States is referred to as a first-generation college student. If that’s you, then we invite you to apply to the First To Go Program’s First-Gen Forever Living and Learning Community!
The First-Gen Forever LLC aims to create an intersectional, identity-conscious living environment for incoming first-year, first-generation college students. The First To Go Scholars Program, and its living community (First-Gen Forever), aim to empower students who have been systematically underserved in higher education. In collectively celebrating our first-gen identity, we create a community that pioneers initiatives in the service of justice and advocates for first-gen student equity, access, and inclusion.
First-Gen Forever LLC will stimulate academic, personal, and professional success for first-generation students by immersing first-year, first-gen students in a holistic living environment supported by faculty, staff and University resources.
The University Honors Program operates the HONORS LLC which aims to prepare students for a full and intellectual life. The program integrates the Honors program with a living and learning curriculum to maximize student's experience and enhance the first year experience. Along with taking two courses in the academic year, members of the LLC will enjoy office hours with honors faculty and staff, allowing for more interaction than just the confines of the classroom. There are also extracurricular events (trips and events) facilitated by the University Honors program faculty and staff. Students must be enrolled in the Honors program to apply.
Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org; 310-338-5331;
The LEAP program is a living learning community for first-year students in the Life Sciences in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Students take 3 classes exclusive to LEAP students and they are designed to integrate into the learning community experience. Alongside of the academic coursework are various extracurricular components designed to enhance student's learning and success in pursuing careers in the life sciences.
This LLC will be focused on the specialized needs of students in the School of Film and Television to emphasize the collaborative nature of media pursuits both in the college experience as well as deeper preparation for student's future careers. Students in this community will take a “History of Television” First-year Seminar together in the fall and participate in a one-unit media collaboration class together in the spring. Additional activities will include a studio visit, a show taping, a visit to the AMPAS museum, and social gatherings tied to major industry events, such as viewing parties for the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Oscars.
The PEEC LLC is for first-year engineering students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Specially designed courses, residential components, and various co-curricular experiences are provided and designed to integrate into a holistic learning experience for students who want to pursue careers in the engineering disciplines. All students in this LLC will participate in a pre-college experience that prepares them for the transition of college and promotes peer relationships in the Living Learning Community.
The Transfer Living Learning Community (TRLLC) is an intentional year-long program that helps new, incoming transfer students transition successfully into the LMU environment and experience. Students living in a residential community maximize their opportunities during their time at LMU. Members of the Transfer Community will become leaders on campus and become involved at LMU right away, take a 1-unit Ignatian Leadership Course for both Fall and Spring Semesters, and have a peer support group to help navigate the University environment.
The Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) prepares students from historically underrepresented populations to pursue graduate and professional school. ACE students take courses together, network with knowledgeable faculty and alumni, and participate in social engagements, mentorship opportunities, conferences, and more. ACE also promotes cross-generational mentorship and service to others by facilitating opportunities for scholars to mentor high school students and be supported by their peers and experienced alumni.
The program invites applications from ambitious and committed students who will maximize the program’s resources and actively contribute to the success, learning, and cohesiveness of the community; and desire assistance and mentorship in preparing for graduate or professional school.
Contacts: email@example.com; (310) 338-5348
Highlighting the Ignatian roots of the LMU Mission statement, the Arrupe LLC seeks to help students understand and intentionally live out this mission that grounds their education at LMU in creative, practical ways. Arrupe provides many opportunities that balance body, mind, heart, and spirit, as well as extracurricular opportunities for students to foster action and reflection in the midst of partnered academic and extracurricular settings facilitated by live-in staff according to Ignatian principles.
The University Honors Program operates the HONORS LLC which aims to prepare students for a full and intellectual life. The program integrates the Honors program with a living and learning curriculum to maximize student's experience. Along with taking two courses in the academic year, members of the LLC will enjoy office hours with honors faculty and staff, allowing for more interaction than just the confines of the classroom. There are also extracurricular events (trips and events) facilitated by the University Honors program faculty and staff. Students must be enrolled in the Honors program to apply.
Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org; 310-338-5331;
Gender and Intersectional Identities
The LGBTQ Leadership Themed Living Community (aka Succulent Gardens) will serve all students with an interest in developing their understanding of the complex ways their identities shape the world around them and relates to their unique experience of leadership. This program is a space for students to expand on their knowledge of self in the context of group leadership utilizing the model of Queer and LGBT leaders and communities as a methodology. The focus of the space is to center LGBTQ students and allies as they work to better their communities while providing a developmental praxis as they discern how they would like to express their leadership. The program will provide the opportunity for 20 sophomore, junior, and senior LMU students to live together in one of the ‘learning pods’ in the new ‘palm south” building. While taking a shared Ignatian Leadership Institute course is not required, each semester an EDLA 490 course on Queer leadership methodologies will be held open for students in the themed community. However, all students will be expected to participate in relevant community meetings, activities, events, and service opportunities in partnership with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services, (such as, but are not limited to: family dinners, monthly service opportunities, career queer speaker series, history month programming, and registered student organization involvement.)
Contacts: Lalo.Moreno@lmu.edu; LGBTSS Office (310) 258-5482
The Mission of the the Service-Learning Community is to cultivate the next generation of leaders to be people with and for others. This Service Living community is using a multi-year, cohort model students will engage in hands-on service in the Los Angeles community and immersive learning modules that provide a framework for creating social change. This community will not require a shared academic course.
The Transfer Living Learning Community is an intentional year-long program that helps Transfer students transition successfully into the LMU environment. Students living in a residential community maximize their opportunities during their time at LMU. Members of the Transfer Community will become leaders on campus and become involved at LMU right away, take a 1-unit Ignatian Leadership Course for both Fall and Spring Semesters, and have a peer support group to help you navigate the University environment.
Open to all continuing undergraduate students, the Global House provides students of various nationalities and diverse cultures the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding and international friendship. Located in a house directly off campus, these students work to promote diversity and cultural awareness. Residents of the Global House have the opportunity to bring the world beyond LMU to the campus community. Housemates encourage global awareness with an array of events open to all students.
LMU students have a passion for service. Located in a house directly off-campus, the residents of the Service and Action House take that passion further by assuming leadership roles where their community service can make a powerful difference. The Service and Action House also places emphasis on Jesuit Volunteer Corps values by emulating the four pillars of spirituality, social justice, community and simple living. House members participate in spirituality nights, reflection nights regarding social justice issues, service projects and a variety of social justice and community events.
Contacts: email@example.com / (310) 338-2959
The University Honors Program operates this LLC which aims to prepare students for a full and intellectual life in an off house campus setting. The program integrates the Honors program with a living and learning curriculum to maximize student's experience. Along with taking two courses in the academic year, members of the LLC will enjoy office hours with honors faculty and staff, allowing for more interaction than just the confines of the classroom. There are also extracurricular events (trips and movies) facilitated by the program faculty and staff.
Contacts: Honors@lmu.edu / (310) 338-5782
Additional Theme Housing Program Options at LMU
Loyola Marymount University also provides a variety of Themed Housing for students to live together and experience intentional programs and events around a particular theme without taking a class or other strict curricular requirement. Please see the Themed Communities webpage for more information.
- LAX: Los Angeles Experience
- LEAD: Leadership, Empowerment and Achievement in Desmond
- ROAR: Recreation and Outdoor Adventure in Rosecrans
Please contact the Housing office at 310-338-2963 or e-mail Housing@lmu.edu for more info.