LLC Offers Academic and Social Opportunities
UCF Living Learning Communities
The Department of Housing and Residence Life oversees a total of 15 Living Learning Communities (LLCs) that provide opportunities where students learn to bridge their academic, social and institutional experiences in residence halls.
LLCs have become a priority among several universities and have been designed to create intentional learning experiences that lead to increased student retention, satisfaction, and overall academic success. To further develop UCF’s LLCs, Housing and Residence Life has implemented various initiatives to enhance learning. Faculty involvement in LLCs has been a priority this year as research has proven that it: (1) supports and challenges students’ learning, (2) creates a supportive and cohesive environment, and (3) provides diverse experiences and innovative teaching methods.
Exposure to learning, different perspectives, and fun encourages students to expand their comfort of building relationships with others and helps to reinforce their academic goals.
Gabby Wolk, Business Knights LLC resident said, “I came to this community not knowing what to expect, but this year has been wonderful and I have enjoyed growing as a student and meeting new people in my LLC who share the same goals.”
“It was a great experience to be surrounded by like-minded people who shared your interests. That definitely helped with the transition to college,” said Todd Currie, former LEAD Scholar who lived in the LEAD Scholars LLC residence his first year at UCF.
UCF students who participate in LLCs have a 6.2 percent higher retention rate compared to non-LLC students. Students who participate in a LLC excel academically and tend to be more connected to the university and hold leadership positions in student organizations.
Dedicated to UCF’s brand, “UCF Stands for Opportunity,” Living Learning Communities have greatly impacted the departments within and outside of the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services. A variety of opportunities are extended to students, faculty and staff that promote a successful student and a more engaged community. As Housing and Residence Life progress in the strengthening of partnerships, LLCs will continue to support the SDES Strategic Initiatives as well as maintain a vision that aligns with the UCF Creed.
Some examples of LLCs are:
- The Honors @ Orion/Tower 3 and Lake Claire is a residential experience for students who are members of the Burnett Honors College that strives to create an atmosphere dedicated to academics, developing leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Healthy Lifestyles @ Lake Claire provides students with a choice to live in an environment free of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and not currently prescribed prescription drugs. The Healthy Lifestyles Community residents are encouraged to attend health and wellness programs within their community and on campus.
- L.E.A.R.N. @ Libra (Sumter Hall) is for students interested in the science, math and engineering fields Participants will “Learn” from faculty and peers as part of a residential experience, be in an “Environment” that supports their “Academic” success in science and engineering, gain experience in “Research” with faculty, receive a $500 scholarship and gain a “Network” of friends.
For a list of more LLCs, visit: www.housing.ucf.edu/choices.