Living Learning Communities

 

Living Learning Communities give students a unique, inclusive residential learning experience. Students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group that shares similar goals and interests.

By being actively involved in a Living Learning Community, you get an opportunity to build partnerships with other students, faculty, and staff at educational and interactive programs that are organized specifically for your community. You may also get an opportunity to have class with other students who have the same interests as you within the community.

One of the best ways to develop strong friendships and succeed in college is to join a Living Learning Community.

Each Living Learning Community will share a commitment to helping others within Saint Leo University and surrounding communities. Students in Living Learning Communities will develop leadership skills and become more involved on campus because of their experiences within their community.

What are the benefits of being a living learning community resident?

  • Live and learn alongside students with similar interests.
  • Experience exciting programs that relate to your interests.
  • Give back to the local and global community through service.
  • Have a better connection with Saint Leo University faculty and staff members.
  • Research shows that students who take part in theme floor communities have higher GPAs, enjoy a better college experience, and gain more leadership skills than their peers who are not in a Living Learning Community.

Members of these communities will have the opportunity to:

  • Become involved in developing community standards and planning the future of the Living Learning Community
  • Explore and participate in opportunities provided by The Office of Residence Life, and Academic Affairs 

Each semester, members of these communities will be expected to:

•  Participate in the Opening Kick-Off Dinner
•  Participate in at least 5 hours of community service
•  Be an active member of the Living Learning Community by:
          •  Participating regularly in community programs and activities
          •  Register for any required classes and attend (Prayer and Mindfulness only)
          •  Help build community on the floor through positive share experiences
          •  Provide feedback and take part in developing the LLC for future community members
•  Maintain a 2.5 cumulative/semester GPA and be in good conduct standing 

This year, the Office of Residence Life is offering four Living Learning Communities that residential students can choose from. We are looking for first year and returning students who are truly excited about the opportunity to live in a community where you share similar interests.

Academic Excellence Living Learning Community

Are you committed to a strong academic experience? The Academic Excellence Living Learning Community fosters an environment where students can focus on academic achievements and successfully transition to Saint Leo University. This community is open to first year students who are in the Saint Leo University Honors Program.  The Academic Excellence community will incorporate faculty and staff activities to help residents succeed academically during their first year.  For more information about this community please click here.

Leadership and Service Living Learning Community (LLC)

Are you interested in growing as a leader and serving others? The Leadership and Service Living Learning Community will encourage leadership development through access to student and community leaders on campus, building leadership competencies through activities and programs, and gain opportunities to lead within the community by shaping community standards and helping to plan for the future of the LLC.  Community members will also have the opportunity to take part in service opportunities on campus and within the local community, in alignment with the Benedictine mission of the University and the University’s Core Value of Responsible Stewardship. The Leadership and Service LLC is for first year students only and residents of this community will live on the first floors of Marmion (males) and Snyder (females) Halls.  Marmion and Snyder Halls share the oversized Lion’s Den community lounge, ideal for programming, activities & community engagement.

HonorsLiving Learning Community (LLC)

Are you committed to striving for academic excellence as an upper-class honors student?  The Honors Living Learning Community is dedicated to current upper-class students who are active in the Saint Leo University Honors program.  This community will focus on maintaining an environment conducive to academic excellence and connection with other honors students.  Members of this community will take part in programs and activities designed to help them achieve their academic pursuits while fostering a social connection between residents, staff, and faculty.  Honors LLC members will have the opportunity to help shape their community and develop the LLC for the future.  The Honors LLC is for upper-class (sophomore, junior and senior) Honors students only and in 2017-2018 will be located on the first floor of Apartment Five, in suites with private bedrooms.

Prayer and Mindfulness Living Learning Community

Are you interested in learning more about yourself? The Prayer and Mindfulness Living Learning Community will encourage individual growth through different expressions of prayer and meditation, and it will emphasize personal development within a community. Open to all students regardless of personal beliefs, the Prayer and Mindfulness Community residents will commit themselves to one of these basic religious practices: unplugging from electronics for 10 minutes twice a week, abstaining from a select food once a week, participating in liturgy of the hours by reflecting on scriptures 3 times a week, or by blocking off prayer time for 20 minutes once a week.

Applications for the Living Learning Communities are available on the Housing Selection website or in the Office of Residence Life. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

For more information, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 352-588-8268 or at residence.life@saintleo.edu.