Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I live?
The residence hall location for each Learning Community is listed with each description. Students can identify a roommate preference on their housing application (the roommate listed must also complete the housing application prior to assignments being made, and must list you as a roommate preference). There is no obligation for the preferred roommate to be a part of the Learning Community. In fact, several Learning Community participants reside with roommates who are not participants.
Will I be placed in a co-ed hall?
Yes. All Learning Communities are located in co-ed scattered residence halls.
Can I be enrolled in more than one learning community at a time?
No, you can only enroll in one Learning Community for your Freshman year. For example, if you are an Honors student, but are planning on going into Accounting, you could sign up for the Honors LC OR Calculated Careers, but not both.
Does it cost extra to join a learning community?
There is no fee for joining a learning community. Just another great reason to participate in our program!
Can transfer students join a learning community?
Unfortunately, Learning Communities are for Freshman entering in the Fall semester. At this time, we do not have Learning Communities for transfers.
If I decided I no longer want to be a part of the learning community before the school year starts what should I do?
If you do not want to participate in the Learning Community you signed up for, please contact us via email at email@example.com, or by phone at 262-472-1262.
Will I take all of my classes with my learning community?
You are required to take certain classes with your learning community, but the remainder of your schedule is open for your choices. If you look on the left hand side of our website under class/course list, you will see the classes your LC takes together. You will be pre-enrolled in those classes before you arrive for your Plan-it-Purple session in the summer. Then you can enroll in other courses that do not conflict with your LC classes. If you do not see the class schedule for your preferred Learning Community, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can help answer your questions.
Can I switch into a different learning community during the school year?
At this time, we do not allow switches in learning communities at semester. Because each group takes classes that are recommended by your coordinator, we would recommend that you either remain in the LC, or step away from the program if you are no longer interested.
What type of classes will I be taking with my learning community?
The classes you take with your learning community are all courses that will count toward graduation. Depending on the community you join, you may obtain access to classes that Freshman would not normally be able to register for in their first semester.
What happens if I change my major while in a learning community?
Changing your major is okay! One of the great things about being part of a learning community is that we are here to help you find your way through your first year. If you decide to change your major in the middle of a semester, your classes can still remain as they are, and you can still participate in your LC. Changing your major at semester may or may not affect your membership in an LC. It would be best to speak with your Learning Community Coordinator and/or your Academic Advisor.
Why should I join a learning community?
Colleges and universities across the country are looking for innovative ways to promote student learning, student retention, and student success. One of the most successful approaches has been Learning Communities.
Learning Communities are based on the principal that students learn very well from other students, and learning communities give you ample opportunity to do so! Each learning community is centered on a theme and is usually restricted to a limited number of students (20-35). Students enroll in several of the same courses, and in most cases live together in the same residence hall so that interaction can continue outside of the classroom.
Connections with faculty outside the classroom often facilitate student success. A Learning Community permits this type of informal student-faculty interaction. Learning Communities at UW-Whitewater have already demonstrated positive results. Those students enrolled in the 2004-05 Learning Community program returned to UW-Whitewater for the second year of school at a rate of 84.2%, which is a 6.7% better return rate compared to all other first years residents in the same year.