What are Living-Learning & Theme Communities?

First Year Freshmen have a variety of Living-Learning Community (LLC) and Theme Community (TC) options to support academic success and integration into the life of the university, both inside and outside of the classroom. First-Year Communities align with CSUCI's Mission Pillars: Multicultural, International, Integrative, and Community Engagement. Participating in these communities is shown to improve student learning, persistence to the second year, time to graduation, and stronger relationships with peers and faculty. Additionally, we offer a Theme Community with the Transfer student in mind. Our goal is student success. There is no additional cost to participating in these communities.

In Living-Learning Communities, students share a common intellectual and residential experience with an academic focus. Two or more courses are paired to promote student success and align with a CSUCI Mission Pillar. All of the courses count for either General Education (GE) credit, a graduation requirement, or a requirement in a major. Most students are housed with other students in their learning community. Activities are aimed at blurring the boundaries between living and learning, and improving students’ transition to college life. Students are in fixed cohorts in specific sections of the courses listed, and once accepted, will be enrolled in those courses by the Registrar's Office before Island View Orientation. You will have a chance to learn more about your Housing community at Island View Orientation.

We have an exciting college funding opportunity to share! The priority deadline to submit applications is coming up April 4, 2022! The opportunity to apply for funding to help pay for Assistance with the expense for on-campus student housing fees is available to eligible freshmen who participate in Learning Communities in their first year. 

Our data show that students in CI’s Learning Communities are more likely to stay in school and perform better academically than those who don’t. Beyond these clear benefits for students, this year we are excited to offer eligible Learning Community students the chance to apply for a Housing Grant.

Freshman Housing Grant

First-time freshmen that meet the Pell Grant eligibility criteria (FAFSA) or have an equivalent Pell Grant (CADAA) Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), live on campus in student housing, and participate in a Learning Community may qualify for a Mackenzie Scott Housing Grant (PDF, 13.8) of $5,000 per year, for 2 years.

The priority deadline to apply for the Housing Grant is April 4, 2022.  Go to the CSUCI 2022-23 Learning Community Interest Survey for information about eligibility and criteria, and  fill out the fast and simple questionnaire to express interest in the Housing Grant and choose from the many Learning Community options.  Space is limited, so act now!

In Theme Communities, students with common interests engage in extra-curricular activities aligned with a CSUCI Mission Pillar without an intentional academic focus. Students living on campus who engage in a TC will be housed together.

All freshman Living-Learning and Theme Communities will be assigned to Santa Rosa Village. Students participating in the Transfer Student community will be assigned to Anacapa Village in either a double or single bedroom accommodation.

Please note that when demand exceeds capacity, priority for room assignment is determined by a random lottery process for all students who submit a confirmed Housing application by the priority deadline.

For more information about LLCs & TCs, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the campus Learning Communities page.

How to Apply

Admitted students interested in participating in a Learning Community with a residential component or Theme Community can apply through the Learning Community Survey or the student housing application, depending on the community type and must be submitted by the due dates to be considered. The student housing application can be accessed through myCI (under myLinks) and is available now. If you are interested in participating in one of the Learning Communities with a residential focus, you must complete the Learning Community Interest Survey. To apply for Theme Communities, please select your preferred community on the student housing application. Depending on demand, you may be placed into any one of the preferences that you provide.

We are pleased to offer the following options:

Michele Serros Multicultural (LC)

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Brief Overview:

This community is named for the celebrated Chicana author, Michele Serros, who was from Ventura County, and is focused on social justice and equity through the lens of Chicana/o Studies. A University Experience Associate (UEA) peer mentor is embedded in each First Year Seminar, meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week, and works with the faculty and Resident Advisor (RA) in Housing to promote transition to University life for the LLC cohort.

For more information about the community, including required coursework, please visit the campus Learning Communities page.

The Bedford and Dr. Irene Pinkard Multicultural LC

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This community honors the continued legacy of Bedford and Dr. Irene Pinkard, the founders of the Ventura County Chapter of Black American Political Association of California, and their work in the underserved communities of Ventura County. The goal of this community is to develop leadership and mentorship skills to encourage a sense of belonging at CI, critically analyze issues that impact the Black and other vulnerable populations of the world, and to imagine and create more inclusive futures.

For more information about the community, including required coursework, please visit the campus Learning Communities page.

Windows on the World (WOW) International (LC)

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Brief Overview:

This community works to facilitate the exploration of intercultural themes and experiences to facilitate global perspectives. A University Experience Associate (UEA) peer mentor is embedded in each First Year Seminar, meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week, and works with the faculty and Resident Advisor (RA) in Housing to promote transition to University life for the LLC cohort.

For more information about the community, including required courses, please visit the campus Learning Communities page.

Student Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Integrative (LC)

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Brief Overview:

The Student Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Living-Learning Community where students can look forward to presentations, research opportunities, and a trip to the Santa Rosa Island Research Station, located on one of our University's namesakes, The Channel Islands! A Research Ambassador peer mentor is embedded in certain classes, and meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week, and works with faculty and the Resident Advisor (RA) to promote transition to University life for the LC cohort.

For more information about the community, including course requirements, please visit the campus Learning Communities page.

The Infinity Dolphins Multicultural (LC)

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Brief Overview:

Students can look forward to building community around neurodiversity, neuroinclusion and belonging, celebrating neurodiverse history and cultures, identity awareness programs, neuroinclusive social activities, community events, intercultural programming and advocacy, and various additional activities with the campus. A University Experience Associate (UEA) peer mentor is embedded in each First Year Seminar, meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week, and works with the faculty and Resident Advisor (RA) in Housing to promote transition to University life for the LLC cohort.

The Heath Care Integrative (LC)

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Brief Overview:

Students can look forward to guest speakers, movie nights, and trips to local medically related locations or events.  This LC is limited to pre-nursing interest students and Health Science majors.A University Experience Associate (UEA) peer mentor is embedded in each First Year Seminar, meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week, and works with the faculty and Resident Advisor (RA) in Housing to promote transition to University life for the LLC cohort.

For more information about the community, including required coursework, please visit the campus Learning Communities page.

Outdoor Adventures (TC)

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Brief Overview:

Students with common interests engage in extra-curricular activities without an intentional academic focus. Outdoor Adventures allows students to explore the outdoors at their own pace, with no course requirements. Take a personal challenge. Step out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Outdoor Adventures lasts through the entire academic year.

Geek Life (TC)

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Brief Overview:

This Theme Community is built around Gaming, Animation, Digital Adventures, and all things "geek chic", without course requirements. Potential activities include panels, CI Con, gaming tournaments, floor art show, or a group trip to a local comic con. Geek Life lasts through the entire academic year.

Transfer Student Themed Interest Community

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Brief Overview:

This community is designed specifically with the Transfer student in mind. This community focuses on transitioning the student in CSUCI and is open only to transfer students. Students interested in this community should select it via the drop-down list on their student housing application. Students participating in these community will be assigned to Anacapa Village in either a double or single bedroom accommodation.

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