WKU Living Learning Communities
WKU Living Learning Communities enrich the on-campus living experience by stimulating academic success, social transitions, and overall student involvement within our residential communities. Although each living learning community has unique opportunities, they all share the same vital purpose and goal: “Nurturing and developing a prosperous Hilltopper student to become engaged with other students and faculty throughout our campus.”
Find Your Community
Agriculture Living Learning Community
The Agriculture Living Learning Community gathers students majoring in the Agriculture disciplines and facilitates an open support system via faculty mentoring, strategic programming, service, and other opportunities.
To learn more and enroll in the Agriculture Living Learning Community, please visit www.wku.edu/ogden/web_pages/allc.php
Career Exploration Opportunities
Career Exploration Opportunities Living Learning Community
Career Exploration Opportunities (C.E.O.) is a residential Living Learning community built on shared extracurricular experiences. Students will be asked to participate in activities and events designed to help them clarify academic and career goals. Students will live in close proximity and be provided advisory support from the Center for Career & Professional Development and Housing & Residence Life. Students will be engaged in weekly skill/professional development opportunities, required study hours and employer events
Requirements for Students:
- 10 study hours per week - self reported
- Professional Dress Day 2 times a month
- Attend all mandatory events
- Must enroll in (UC175) University Experience course
- 2 professional outfits (something you would wear to a job interview)
- Determine an academic major
- Competence in collegiate study skills
- Understanding of the world of work for the academic disciplines
- Soft skill development
- Internship preparation credentials and interviewing
Students will also be supported by a Resident Assistant who will be available to answer questions and coordinate activities.
To enroll in the WKU Center for Career and Professional Development Living Learning Community, please contact:Becky Tinker Associate Director Center for Career and Professional Development firstname.lastname@example.org wku.edu/career
Chinese Flagship Living Learning Community
The Flagship Living-Learning Community (LLC), which debuted in Fall 2016, is a living-learning community geared towards first-year and transfer students. The Flagship LLC is part of the Honors College housing options provided by the Honors College and the Housing and Residence Life Department. First-year and transfer students participating in the Flagship LLC are grouped together within Honors College housing, and provided opportunities to engage in Chinese language and culture within the residence hall.
In addition to extending their experience with Chinese language and culture outside of the classroom, these students also develop a sense of community and a built in support system as they transition to WKU and navigate their year of Flagship coursework.
*Scholars participating in this living option are not required to have a roommate who is also in the Flagship. If you would like to request a room with a fellow Flagship student, please let our offices know when accepting your admission offer.
To enroll in the WKU Chinese Flagship Living Learning Community, please contact:Melinda Edgerton Assistant Director Honors College and International Center email@example.com
College of Health & Human Services
College of Health & Human Services Living Learning Community
The College of Health and Human Services Living Learning Community is dedicated to students in or considering a program in the health and human services professions area. The CHHS LLC is designed to support the successful transition of first generation college students to Western Kentucky University. The mission of the CHHS LLC is to provide students a supportive and engaging environment, with opportunities to share and learn from students with similar interests and experiences; to participate in activities that broaden academic experiences; to build professional relationships with faculty and staff members; and to establish lasting friendships with fellow community members.
To enroll in the WKU College of Health & Human Services Living Learning Community, please contact:Lynn Hazlett Director, Student Academic Services firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Danita Kelley Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Services email@example.com
Band Living Learning Community
The Band Living Learning Community will create and build upon relationships facilitated by participation in the Band. We aim to create a bridge between the fall and spring semesters for the students by initiating programmatic and in-hall social and educational activities.
To enroll in the WKU Band Living Learning Community, please contact:Chazman McKoy Assistant Residence Hall Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Men in Business / Women in Business Living Learning Communities
The Women in Business and the Men in Business Living Learning Communities are specifically designed for first-year students. They offer mentoring from a professor and an advanced undergraduate Learning Assistant who shares the students' interests. Students will live on the same residence hall floor, attend M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan together, take a shared University Experience-Business Class section class (BA 175), and will be placed in one or more other classes with students in the Living Learning Community.
Thanks to the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Gail Brody, there is no additional cost for students to enroll in the Gordon Ford College of Business Learning Communities.
Students who participate in the Business Learning Communities will receive:
- A special housing assignment
- Business-centered programming within the Learning Community
- Specially selected professors who provide instruction in the University Experience - Business course and who serve as role models and mentors
- Other specially selected course sections during the freshman year
- Dedicated Learning Advisors
The Women in Business Living Learning Community will be housed in Pearce Ford Tower.
The Men in Business Living Learning Community will be housed in Hugh Poland Hall.
Space is limited. Sign up for your Learning Community early!
To enroll in either Learning Community, or for more information, please visit wku.edu/business/llc:Minnette Ellis Assistant Director, WKU Housing & Residence Life email@example.com JT Taylor Coordinator, WKU Housing & Residence Life firstname.lastname@example.org
Engineering Living Learning Community
The Engineering Living Learning Community provides a residential environment that fosters peer networking and academic success. This community gathers students majoring in the engineering disciplines and facilitates an open support system via faculty mentoring, strategic programming, as well as service and intership opportunities.
To learn more and apply for the Engineering LLC, please visit www.wku.edu/ogden/web_pages/ellc.php
FEAST (Allergy/Healthy Eating)
FEAST (Allergy/Healthy Eating) Living Learning Community
The FEAST LLC provides an opportunity for students to use the services of the WKU Dietitians to improve their dining experience on campus, receive resources that will help with their diagnosis or food need, develop relationships with others and learn how to communicate with others by living in a residence hall, and will promote food education.
To enroll in the WKU FEAST Living Learning Community, please contact:Summer Cooper Registered Dietitian email@example.com
"Global Living" Living Learning Community
The "Global Living" Living Learning Community provides international students with the opportunity to be roommates with a WKU domestic student, while being neighbors in a community of other students from various backgrounds, cultures and countries. Housed in Northeast Hall, the Global Living LLC will feature programs that focus on communication and setting living expectations between roommates as they navigate unique lifestyles, events in the hall to celebrate student's country of origin and highlight traditions of importance, and opportunities to connect to other WKU resources, like the International Student Office, WKU Athletic events, and participating in the Bowling Green International Festival.
Northeast Hall provides the following amenities:
- Large spacious rooms, that include a bathroom within the room for two roommates to share
- Extended living - the residence hall will remain open during university breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks)
- An "Iron Chef" style kitchen, so students can cook meals that remind them of home
- Small rooms with a table and chairs located on the ground floor that provide privacy for studying, prayer or small group conversation as your practice your English
To enroll in the WKU Global Living Living Learning Community, please contact:Lana Kunkel Associate Director, Housing Operations WKU Housing & Residence Life firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Professions Living Learning Community
The Health Professions Living Learning Community gathers students majoring in the pre-professional health disciplines and facilitates an open support system via caulty mentoring, strategic programming, as well as service and internship opportunities.
To learn more and enroll in the Health Professions Living Learning Community, please visit www.wku.edu/ogden/web_pages/hpllc.php
ISEC (Intercultural Student Engagement Center) Academy
ISEC (Intercultural Student Engagement Center) Academy Living Learning Community
The ISEC Living Learning Community, located in Douglas Keen Hall, builds a sense of belonging to Western Kentucky University, forms a support network, and begins creating the student’s college experience. In addition, students will enroll in two courses together: University experience and English 100.
To enroll in the ISEC Academy Living Learning Community, please contact:Dr. Martha Sales Executive Director of WKU TRIO Programs and The WKU Intercultural Student Engagement Center email@example.com
LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community
The LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community strives to promote social integration and change for those of all different gender identities, sexual orientation, and gender expressions by creating brave spaces founded upon acceptance and empowerment. The goal is to help those grow into their authetic selves, while teaching members to become socially responsible through civic engagement and service opportunities centering around LGBTQ+ activism.
To enroll in the LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community, please contact:Heather Thomas Coordinator, WKU Housing & Residence Life firstname.lastname@example.org Kellsei Tate Residence Hall Director, WKU Housing & Residence Life email@example.com
ROTC Living Learning Community
The Army ROTC Living Learning Community is for students who:
- Are enrolling in the ROTC program and the Military Science course
- Want to live in the same residence hall and form connections with other Army ROTC students
- Want to participate in extracurricular activities that connect learning in and out of the classroom
- Want to experience career exploration with faculty, students, and advisors
Army ROTC partners with Western Kentucky University to recruit, educate, develop, and inspire Senior ROTC Cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army. The Army ROTC Living Learning Community consists of a diverse group of first year and scholarship students who are engaged in the Army ROTC program and a variety of co-curricular activities. The living learning community will create camaraderie and team building among ROTC students, ensure each ROTC student is persistent in their academics and connect ROTC students with faculty/staff to track student success through mentorship opportunities. Students in the living learning community will have access to many different opportunities to enhance their abilities and prepare them for their future careers.
To enroll in the ROTC Living Learning Community, please contact:Brandon Smith Recruiting Operations Officers firstname.lastname@example.org 270-745-6054 Seneca Crump Graduate Assistant for Living Learning Communities email@example.com 270-745-2143
Sustainability Living Learning Community
Learn | Live | Lead - Consciously
When you join the Sustainability Living Learning Community at Western Kentucky University, you connect with other students who share your interest in sustainability. Learn what it means to be enviornmentally and socially responsible, and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Whether sustainability is your way of life or you are just now learning the basics, the Sustainability Living Learning Community is for you. No prior knowledge of, or experience with, sustainability is required!
Faculty & Staff Support
Dedicated and engaged faculty and staff members are committed to providing information, resources, and internventions to ensure your success. You can expect to see faculty and staff outside the classroom attending Sustainability Living Learning Community programs, activities, and events. They will be in contact with you to support your academic performance and class attendance.
The Sustainability Living Learning Community provides an added opportunity for first-year students to connect with other students who share their interest in sustainability by housing them in the same on-campus residence hall. Students take a class together and live near each other for easy access to study groups, programs, socializing and support.
The Community is housed in Bemis Lawrence Hall. Bemis Lawrence is a co-ed hall, by floor; female participants will be housed on one floor, male participants will be housed on an adjacent floor.
Preferred roommate requests will be honored. If you are admitted to the Sustainability Living Learning Community, and you have a preferred roommate request, you will be assisgned to Bemis Lawrence Hall with your preferred roommate. Your preferred roommate does not need to be admitted to the Sustainability Living Learning Community in order for you to be assigned together.
All students in the Sustainability Living Learning Community will be enrolled in GEOG 280: Environmental Science and Sustainability during the fall semester. This four-cred-thour course meets your science lab general education requirement (Explorations: Natural and Physical Science with Lab), and is designed to provide you with a general understanding of how the environment functions. The course content also explores the effects of human impact on the environment and geoscience solutions to environmental problems. The course lab component provides practical experiences associated with the theories outlined in the course content.
A Unique Experience
Engaging hall programs, activities and events - planned specifically for you - will provide opportunities for you to apply what you are learning in the classroom to real life, and connect with your community. Your involvement in these programs, activities and events, such as recyclable craft nights, locally-sourced family dinners, documentary screenings, sustainable business simulations, and outdoor adventure activities, will be expected
There is no additional cost for students to enroll in the Sustainability Living Learning Community. However, there is a $10 course fee associated with GEOG 280. This $10 fee will appear on your student account and be included in your student bill. Please note that while participation in the Sustianability Living Learning Community is free to admitted participants, any programs, activities, or events with additional fees will be charged to non-LLC participants at cost.
ContactWKU Office of Sustainability firstname.lastname@example.org (270)745-2508
The Sustainability Living Learning Community is sponsored by the WKU Office of Sustainability, WKU Housing & Residence Life, the WKU Department of Geography and Geology, Wholesome WKU, and WKU Resource Conservation.
Top of the Class (Teacher Education)
Top of the Class (Teacher Education) Living Learning Community
The Top of the Class Living Learning Community is for first year students enrolled in the School of Teacher Education.
To enroll in the Top of the Class Living Learning Community, please contact:Julia Mittelberg Assistant Professor email@example.com
Transfer Living Learning Community
The Transfer Center in the Academic Advising and Retention Center aims to integrate the transfer experience into the Hilltopper community by providing assistance with transfer admission, credit evaluation, and advising services. In addition, the Transfer Center and Transfer Living Learning Community will provide in residential hall specialized programming to promote high academic achievement and strong social networks for all transfer students.
To enroll in the Transfer Living Learning Community, please contact:Julia Johnson Senior Transfer Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)
WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Living Learning Community
The WISE LLC promotes and facilitates achievement for women in academic STEM careers through community and success strategies.
To learn more and apply, visit www.wku.edu/ogden/web_pages/wisellc