Living Learning Communities

Join a Living Learning Community

Here at Central Washington University, being part of a community is about making connections with others who have common interests. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) bridge a students' interests and goals with their campus living experience.

Living Learning communities (LLCs) are defined as "programs in which undergraduate students live together in a distinct portion of a residence hall (or an entire hall) and participate in academic and/or extracurricular programming designed especially for them" (Inkelas & Associates, 2008). Some of our LLCs are academic in nature, directly linking a student’s decided major to their living experience. Other LLCs are themed around a non-academic interest. LLCs are designed to complement the students experience by providing enriched lifelong learning opportunities. Through formal and informal activities, students' connection with faculty results in greater understanding of their academic pursuit, affirmation of career choice, and enhanced preparedness for a career path.

Contact Dr. Ian Miller, Director for Residence Life, for more information on any of CWU's Living Learning Communities. He can be reached by phone at (509) 963-1704 or via email.

How to apply to live in an LLC

  1. Complete a housing application for the applicable academic year in MyHousing.
  2. Self-select a room in any available residence hall. This will ensure that you have a room for the year if your LLC of choice is full or has a wait list.
  3. Complete the application for the Living Learning Community you are interested in living in (application links below). The brief application form asks for your name, CWU email address, and offers a space to put any questions or comments on your application.
  4. Your LLC application will be reviewed. This usually takes one week or less.
  5. Students approved to join an LLC will receive an email notification via their CWU email informing them they are now able to select a room within the LLC.
  6. Login to MyHousing and navigate to the room selection menu. You will now be able to select a room in the LLC's designated building/floor.

A few notes on LLC room selection...

  • After being accepted to an LLC, it will be up to the student if they follow through and select a room in the designated LLC space. If a room is not selected in the LLC space during self-selection, their room in the LLC will be made available to other students.
  • LLC spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Available LLC's

  • Aviation

    The Aviation Living Learning Community, located in Wendell Hill Hall B, aligns directly to the Aviation Majors in the College of Education and Professional Studies. This means you must be accepted into the Aviation program before you will be permitted to be a part of the LLC. Students in this LLC take a series of classes together, including University 101. Some programs the Aviation LLC has organized include visiting the Museum of Flight, FAA review study sessions, and community service projects with children at the local airport.

    Aviation LLC Application
  • Business

    Become part of a community with the Business Living Learning Community, where you get to live and learn with other students interested in studying business. The LLC, located in Sue Lombard Hall, will help provide the foundation for personal and professional success through LLC specific support including study groups, advising, and workshops. LLC members will also have the opportunity to participate in exclusive extracurricular activities, get to know faculty beyond the classroom, and form a network of lifelong friends and colleagues at and beyond Central Washington University.

    Business LLC Application
  • Music

    The Music Living Learning Community, located in Wendall Hall A, focuses on those who have declared or anticipate declaring a major or minor in music (music education, music performance, music composition, BA-bachelor of arts). Community members can expect programs designed to assist in the transition to the academic study of music, access to resources/professionals within the music profession, music entrepreneurship, live/virtual musical performances, community building, as well as creating a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through the study and performance of music.

    Music LLC Application
  • Sustainability

    The Sustainability Living Learning Community connects students who share an interest in sustainability, and who want to learn more about social, economic and environmental sustainability. Join a community of students passionate about living a more sustainable lifestyle; participate in sustainability programming and events; and become empowered to advance sustainability on campus, in the community, and in your future endeavors. The Sustainability Living and Learning Community, located in Wendell Hill Hall B, is open to students from all majors and levels.

    Sustainability LLC Application
  • Transfer Students

    The Transfer LLC, located in the I and J buildings of Stephens Whitney Hall, offers new and returning transfer students the opportunity to connect with other transfer students and dive into university resources to make the most of their limited time at CWU. Transfer students make up 40% of CWU’s student population, and while they’ve done college before, they are still transitioning and navigating new systems and resources. We’re here to help!

    Transfer Student LLC Application
  • William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC)

    Students living in the Douglas Honors College Living Learning Community in Barto Hall can expect to be further engaged in the DHC LLC through out-of-classroom experiences. Special student staff called Peer Mentors work collaboratively with the DHC faculty and staff to build a vibrant academic and residential community of scholars. Students engage in a number of activities that enhance their work in the classroom, such as informal discussions with DHC professors and guest lectures, but they also explore extracurricular interests with games and cultural events.

    Douglas Honors LLC Application

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