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 can apply through the student housing application, which 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. 

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. 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

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. 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) (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. 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 LLC cohort. SURF involves travel to Santa Rosa Island, and lasts the full academic year. 

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

Outdoor Adventures (LLC)

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Brief Overview: 

The Outdoor Adventure Living-Learning Community links Environmental Science and Resource Management with First Year Seminar. 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.

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. 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