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Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

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.

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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)
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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 study.”

 “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.”

Living Learning Communities (LLCs)


Civic Engagement


La Casa

Mary B. Gunter Leadership

Resorts & Recreation

University Honors


Ready to join a Living Learning Community?

Apply Now for FALL 2019 - SPRING 2020!!!

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LLC Liaisons 
Doc Bryan 211
1605 Coliseum Drive
Russellville, AR 72801

Colette Tobias, Assistant Dean
Samantha Piechocinski, Area Coordinator 
Phone: (479) 968-0376



  •  Who can I contact about the LLC?
    You can contact the LLC Liaisons who have information regarding all LLCs or the faculty/staff advisor listed on the LLC specific page. 
  •  Where are the LLCs located?
    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. 
  •  What are the benefits of living in an LLC?
    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. 
  •  Who is eligible to live in an LLC?
    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. 
  •  How do I sign up?

    Indicate on your initial housing application or during your housing sign up time or complete LLC resident application form and email it to You can also complete the link below to apply for an LLC. 

    Apply to an LLC Program

  •  How will I enroll in the classes?
    You will be automatically enrolled in the course(s) when you select your LLC through the housing portal.