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What and Why?

What is a Living Learning Community?

Here ate Central Washington University being part of a community is about making connections with others who have common interests. Community is about getting involved and contributing to something larger than yourself. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at Central Washington University bridge students' academic interests and goals with their residence hall living experience.

Students with common academic interests live together in the same residence hall and develop personal and academic relationships with other students and faculty from a field of study. Students participate in out of classroom enrichment activities that support their academic pursuits. As noted below, some LLCs are connected to specific courses that students take together.

Why do students get involved?

Freshmen and upper class students enjoy living in a LLC because they live with students with similar interests and common academic pursuits. It provides them with opportunities to live, learn, and grow together in an environment where faculty and residence hall staff collaborate to create an environment supportive of students' academic pursuits.

What are the benefits from living in an LLC?

Research has shown that students living in a LLC have better academic performance, greater sense of collegiality, enhanced personal development, increased intercultural experiences, and greater exposure to positive social environments. 

For more information on any of CWU's Living Learning or Theme Communities, contact Ian Miller, Assistant Director, Residence Life at 509-963-1704 or via e-mail at

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