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. 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. 

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. 

There are currently over 200 students participating in living-learning communities - about 150 freshmen and 50 transfer students. 

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 Living-Learning or Theme Community should complete a supplemental application as part of the student housing application. Both applications must be submitted by the due dates to be considered. The student housing application can be accessed through myCI under myLinks and will be available to new residents on or before April 14, 2018. 

We are pleased to offer the following options for 2018-19:

Michele Serros Multicultural (LLC) 

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Brief Overview: 

This community is focused on social justice and equity, and is named for the celebrated Chicana author, Michele Serros, who was from Ventura County. Fall semester has a 6-unit course block: CHS 100 Chicanas/os in Contemporary Society & UNIV 150 First Year Seminar. Spring semester has a 3-unit course schedule: HIST 271 The United States Since 1877. 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. 

Fall courses satisfy two GE areas and two graduation requirements: GE Area A3 (Critical Thinking) or E (Life Long Learning) for UNIV 150; GE Area D (Social Perspectives) and Multicultural Graduation Requirement for CHS 100. Spring History course satisfies Title V American Institutions Graduation Requirement. 

For more information about the community, please visit the campus Learning Communities page

International (LLC) 

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Brief Overview: 

The International Living-Learning Community is focused on international topics, and promotes academic success and students’ transition to college life through a 6-unit course block, including UNIV 150 First Year Seminar and ENGL 102 Stretch Composition I. 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. Students continue with ENGL 103 Stretch Composition II in the spring.

UNIV 150 course satisfies GE Area A3 (Critical Thinking) OR E (Lifelong Learning). ENGL 102 counts as elective units. ENGL 103 satisfies GE Area A2 (Written Communication). 

For more information about the community, please visit the campus Learning Communities page

Student Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) (LLC) 

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Brief Overview: 

The Student Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Living-Learning Community is all about curiosity, inquiry, creativity, and discovery with an interdisciplinary focus on Santa Rosa Island. Students enroll together in 3 courses each semester. For fall semester, 9 units: UNIV 198 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research, ENGL 102 Stretch Composition I, and COMM 101 Public Speaking. For Spring semester, 9 units: UNIV 150 First Year Seminar, ENGL 103 Stretch Composition II, and POLS 150 American Government. A Research Ambassador peer mentor is embedded in UNIV 198 in fall and UNIV 150 in spring, 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 LLC cohort. SURF involves travel to Santa Rosa Island, and lasts the full academic year.

For fall courses, UNIV 198 satisfies GE Area A3 (Critical Thinking); ENGL 102 counts as elective units; COMM 101 satisfies GE Area A1 (Oral Communication). For spring courses, UNIV 150 satisfies GE Area E (Lifelong Learning); ENGL 103 satisfies GE area A2 (Written Communication); POLS 150 partially satisfies the Title V American Institutions Graduation Requirement

For more information about the community, please visit the campus Learning Communities page

Outdoor Adventures (LLC)

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Brief Overview: 

The Outdoor Adventure Living-Learning Community links ESRM 100 Introduction to Environmental Science and Resource Management with a UNIV 150 First Year Seminar, for a 7-unit fall semester course block. 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. ESRM course involves off-campus community service and field trips.

Fall courses satisfy two GE areas: either A3 (Critical Thinking) or E (Lifelong Learning) for UNIV 150, and B2 (Life Sciences) for ESRM 100.  

For more information about the community, 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. Students living on campus who engage in a TC will be housed together. 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 (TC)

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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 on their student housing application