Living Learning Community


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 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.

Open to all students regardless of previous community involvement, 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.

We encourage you to apply TODAY for the Living Learning Community that you are interested in!

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 learning project and fundraising for charities.
  • 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, Athletics, Academic Affairs and Health Services.

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

  • Participate in a class with students who live in the same community (in the Fall semester)
  • Participate in an opening kick-off event
  • Participate in at least 5 hours of community service activities
  • Attend at least 2 speakers or events on campus focused on their Living Learning Community interest
  • Plan and sponsor an event open for the University campus
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative/semester GPA and be in good judicial 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 eligible for the Saint Leo University Honors Program or enrolled in one of the 3 +1 Accelerated Degree Programs.  The Academic Excellence community will incorporate faculty and staff activities within the building to help residents succeed academically during their first year.  For more information about this community please click here.

Active Living Learning Community

Are you committed to living a healthy lifestyle? The Active Living Learning Community fosters an environment that encourages a well-rounded balance of mind, body and spirit in order to achieve personal and academic success.  The Active Living Learning Community  will incorporate outdoor adventure, recreation, sports, and wellness concepts to help residents learn more about healthy living!

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.

QEP/Service Living Learning Community

Are you committed to helping others and learning from your experiences? The QEP/Service Learning Community fosters an environment that encourages socially conscious individuals focused on developing leadership skills through their community and service experiences. This community will use service learning and the QEP Model of “Critical Thinking + Core Values = Decision Making” to engage in the community and learn from their experiences while helping others.

Applications for the Living Learning Communities are available on the Housing Selection website or in the Office of Residence Life. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2014.


For more information, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 352-588-8268 or at