Mission: To provide learning experiences that connect residents to the ATU community, aid
in academic readiness, and help students persist to graduation.
Vision: Establish a residential community built on interdependence that fosters experiential
learning and identity development, through a combination of faculty facilitated coursework
and staff led residential programming
What are Living Learning Communities?
Most commonly known as an "LLC" our Living Learning Communities are a select group
of incoming freshmen students who share a common interest, live together in the same
building/floor, and enroll in the same course associated with a specific LLC.
LLCs give students the opportunity to engage deeply with their common academic course,
blend learning across multiple disciplines, develop relationships with peers/administrators,
and ease the transition to college.
LLCs are an optional, highly beneficial experience; research shows that students who
enroll in them earn higher GPAs and graduate at higher rates than non-LLC participants.
Why should YOU join?
More likely to stay in college and graduate
More likely to achieve higher academic standing with exclusive academic support initiatives
Easier access to faculty
Unique exclusive opportunities:
Major specific programs and services, conference attendance opportunities, study abroad
opportunities, travel away, LLC specific tutors, faculty access, specialty labs, connections
to alumni and potential career opportunities/internships (exclusive opportunities
vary from LLC to LLC)
LLC Resident Stories:
“I feel like it made the transition from high school to college much easier and smoother.
Allowed me to get to know my classmates better and make good friends in my area of
“The LLC has taught me how to become successful in college through the classes that
they offer. The LLC also has helped me become more independent and grow a network
of faculty and students.”
We have Living Learning Communities located in four halls on campus: Baswell Hall,
Hughes Hall, Jones Hall, Paine Hall, and Nutt Hall. LLCs are generally assigned to
a specific floor. See descriptions of each LLC above for more details.
LLCs give students the opportunity to live in an academically focused living environment
to excel the academic and social experience of living on campus. Students living in
LLCs will create long-lasting relationships with students who have similar interests
and career goals.
All LLCs have different requirements to be considered to live in the communities.
Most of our LLCs require you to be a first time incoming freshmen student and have
declared a specific major/college program to be considered in an LLC. All LLC participants
must agree to be automatically enrolled in the course associated with LLC. Please
see the individual LLC pages above for more details.