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.

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

Information on the various learning communities reflect the 2017-18 academic year and is not yet updated for 2018-19.

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.

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

Related Content

Support Another Student

Give Today.

Strategic Plan

Get the Student Affairs Strategic Plan

Get the Strategic Plan

Res Life Events

Res Life Event Calendar