What are Learning Communities?

Learning communities in University Housing are a group of students who live together and engage in experiences focused around their field of study, career, and/or a personal interest. All students who live on-campus at Cal Poly are housed in a learning community. Learning community staff work intentionally with campus partners to provide engagement opportunities and enhance student success at Cal Poly.

Below are the various Learning Communities offered:

·         Connections: a themed community where students with similar interests live together.

·         iCommunity: students engage their entrepreneurial “learn by doing” spirit.

·         Living Learning Program (LLP): students live in the same community as their major.

·         Transitions : students discover their strengths and use them to succeed in college and beyond.

·         Sophomore, Continuing & Transfer Success Program: students continue their success through academics, leadership opportunities and career connections.

When students apply for housing, they make preferences by Learning Community/Theme. Please note that the location of each Learning Community/Theme is subject to change from year-to-year based upon student interest and that a given Learning Community/Theme may be housed within any area of University Housing, including residence halls and on-campus apartments. Specific Learning Community/Theme locations will be determined during the summer. 

The academic focus associated with all learning communities set the Cal Poly University Housing experience apart from most other housing programs across the country.

Through our partnerships with colleagues across campus we offer in building support from Mustang Success Center coaches, Student Academic Support facilitated study groups, Writing Center tutors, Academic Advisors, Career Counselors, faculty and staff.

Check our Learning Community brochure for information on current learning communities: Cal Poly: Learn By Living


Learning Community Events

Each learning community offers unique experiences related to its focus, but all on-campus residents have opportunities to participate in:

  • Barbecues, events, and lectures with professors
  • Career exploration and advising
  • Academic Advising events
  • Awareness, diversity and cultural events
  • Community service
  • Club fairs
  • Honors Banquets
  • Study sessions/groups with faculty, staff and/or students
  • Community Council leadership positions
  • Academic skills programs
  • Off-campus trips relevant to students' majors or theme
  • Social events

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