First Year Freshmen have a variety of Living-Learning Community (LLC) and Theme Community (TC) options to live the CSUCI mission through academic success and integration into the life of the university, both inside and outside of the classroom. 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 Themed Interest 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 General Education courses are paired to promote student success and align with a CSUCI Mission Pillar. 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. 

In Theme Communities, 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 in Santa Rosa Village. 

Apply Now!: Participation in First-Year Communities requires a supplemental application. Students planning to live on campus must also complete a separate housing application and pay all applicable fees. The priority deadline for both applications is May 5.

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

We are pleased to offer the following options for 2017-18:

Michele Serros Multicultural (LLC) 

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Brief Overview: 

The Michele Serros Multicultural Living-Learning Community links CHS 100 Chicanas/os in Contemporary Society with the UNIV 150 First Year Seminar, for a 7-unit course block. The Community 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. Course block satisfies two GE areas: A-3 (Critical Thinking), C3b (Multicultural), D (Social Perspectives) and/or E (Human Psychological and Physiological Perspectives). 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 7-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. Course block satisfies GE areas A-2 (Written Communication) and A-3 (Critical Thinking) or E (Human Psychological and Physiological Perspectives or C3b (Multicultural). 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, 10 units: UNIV 150 First Year Seminar, ENGL 103 Stretch Composition II, and POLS 150 American Government. A Research Ambassador peer mentor is embedded in the community, 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. The Fall course block satisfies GE Areas A1 (Oral Communication) and A3 (Critical Thinking); the Spring Course block will satisfy A2 (Written Communication) and C3b (Multicultural or E (Human Psychological and Physiological Perspectives) as well as 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 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. Course block satisfies two GE areas: either A-3 (Critical Thinking), C3b (Multicultural) or E (Human Psychological and Physiological Perspectives) for UNIV 150; either B2 (Life Sciences) or D (Social Perspectives) 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 in Santa Rosa Village. 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. For more information about the community, please visit the campus Learning Communities page

Geek Life (TC)

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Brief Overview:  

This Themed Interest 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. For more information about the community, please visit the campus Learning Communities page

Transfer Student Themed Interest Community

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This community is designed specifically with the Transfer student in mind. This community focuses on transitioning the student in CI and is open only to transfer students. Students interested in this community should select it on their student housing application. The priority deadline is May 5

Apply Now! 

Participation in First-Year Communities requires a supplemental application. Students planning to live on campus must also complete a separate housing application and pay all applicable fees. The priority deadline for both applications is May 5.