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Living Learning Communities

A Living Learning Community, or LLC, brings together people who share a common residential and academic experience. 

Building. Community.

In an LLC you will experience an environment ideal for building a strong, interconnected support system that will serve you throughout your time at Widener and beyond.

LLCs by Academic Major

The Engineering Living Learning Community provides you a unique opportunity to live and learn together with other engineering students through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events.  This peer support system eases the transition to college and reinforces the commitment to engineering excellence.  A common curriculum and monthly meetings will introduce you to the scholarly work of faculty. You can enjoy the immediate connection to others with shared interests. This community participates in diverse programming that complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the engineering profession.  You will participate in a wide range of activities, including Water Tower Challenge, career services workshop, urban excursions, President’s Lecture, faculty research, global engagement and leadership presentations, panel discussions, and a year-end LLC picnic.  Upper division engineering students serve as Resident Assistants and mentors.  Service learning and citizenship are also emphasized.  

Associated Courses: There is no course attached to this LLC
Open to: Engineering Majors Only

The Nursing Living Learning Community is managed through the School of Nursing in conjunction with Residence Life.  As a resident of this Living Learning Community you will have the unique opportunity to live and learn together with other nursing students through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events, in common areas of the residence hall and in Founders Hall.  This peer support system will foster friendships and help with the transition to college and reinforce your commitment to nursing excellence.  This community participates in diverse programming that complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the nursing profession.  Upper division nursing students serve as your Resident Assistants and mentors.  Active participation is the key to success of the NET LLC.  This acceptance requires that you be available for all scheduled co-curricular activities with the exception of class conflicts. These co-curricular experiences include, but are not limited to, times during late afternoon/early evening hours in your residence hall or in Founders Hall. 

Associated Courses: FYS 101: Nursing first year student seminar
Open to: Nursing Majors Only

The Lab Living Learning Community is comprised of students from different majors who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT) or occupational therapy (OTD) at Widener.  As a Lab participant, you’ll enjoy custom-made activities designed to foster your success in your undergraduate major and simultaneously engage you with the DPT and OTD programs at Widener.  Faculty mentors serve as your advisors for your undergraduate tracks.  As a student in this LLC you will form a community from several different majors and have the opportunity to connect to Widener’s DPT and OTD programs, on-campus clinic and graduate students in your first semester. This Living Learning Community will help get you ready for the expectations of graduate work in physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Associated Courses: PSY 105: Introduction to Psychology, ENGL 101: Reading, Thinking & Writing; FYS 101: Psychology & the Movies
Open to: All majors with a Pre-PT / Pre-OT pathway

LLCs by Theme

The Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community supports budding entrepreneurs through curricular, co-curricular and social events.  Whether you're building a side hustle or planning for a future endeavor, you'll find support and personal development opportunities.  Co-curricular experiences include meals with faculty, guest speakers, panel discussions, tours and social activities.  

Associated Courses: FYS 101: Entrepreneurship
Open to: All business majors 

The 1821 Experience Living Learning Community provides a communal setting while assisting first-year students transition to Widener University. Students participating in the 1821 Experience Pre-Orientation Program from August 12-17, 2022 (not required) are invited to join their peers in this LLC.  In addition to completing a 1 credit Freshman Seminar in the first semester, various workshops and activities will be held in the LLC and are designed to prepare first-year students for a successful undergraduate Pride experience. First-generation and underrepresented students are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

Associated Courses: All students will participate in the same section of their First Year Experience course.
Open to: All majors across the university

The Honors Living Learning Community will give you the opportunity to live with others who love academic challenges.  Connect with those who respect your goals and share your desire for achievement. Study, socialize, and serve with some of the most interesting, involved students on campus. You will hear great speakers and experience new activities outside of the classroom, and will love the close-knit community that the Honors LLC creates – one that makes for a smooth transition to college life.  As one member put it, the Honors LLC is “like the Disney World of Widener; it’s the atmosphere, being surrounded by growing academics, student leaders, and others that are dedicated to investing time and energy into shaping their campus and future.” You need no special essay to apply – you can be part of our LLC by request, since we serve all invited Honors Program in General Education freshmen like yourself.  Take advantage of this specialized community located in residence halls equipped with unique learning spaces and make new friends across all university majors. You will love being a part of our community.

Associated Courses: There is no course attached to this LLC
Open to: All majors and students participating in the Honors Program in General Education

How do I apply for a LLC?

You can apply for a LLC via your housing application. If you're interested in participating in a LLC you must submit a short essay responding to questions provided in the LLC section of the housing application. The essay is submitted directly through the housing application.

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