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Living Learning Communities at the U

LLCs

In addition to the programs and services provided in University housing, the University offers over 30 interest-specific Living Learning Communities (LLC’s) where students live together in a dedicated area of a residence hall. Each LLC is co-sponsored by an academic department or college and is specifically designed to deliver a variety of events and services to support students in their academic and personal growth. 

Some benefits you can look forward to when you join an LLC:

  • Opportunity to live and connect with students who share similar interests, academic and personal goals
  • Students who have chosen to live in an LLC have told us they are more satisfied with their on campus experience
  • The chance to expand your views through exploration and collaboration with campus departments and academic programs
  • Living in an LLC can help make a larger campus like the U feel smaller and more accessible

When applying to be part of an LLC, please consider the following:

  • Each program has a limit on the number of participants so it’s important to apply for housing early
  • Some programs may fill well before the March 1st priority date. Also, some programs do not have space to accommodate roommates who are not part of the program
  • Some programs will accept any student who has an interest in the focus of the LLC while others only allow students of a specific major or program to be a part of the community
  • Students may apply for housing  before the outcome of the admission application to the University of Minnesota is known.

When you complete your housing application, complete the questions regarding which choice is more important to you: having your preferred roommate or being considered for a Living Learning Community. That information will be used only when necessary to provide you with the best fit for your priorities.

Students may apply for housing before the outcome of the admission application to the University of Minnesota is known.

LLC Locator

The LLC Locator was created to help you find an LLC program that may best meet your needs. Use the search options below to sort LLC options. If you need more information about any LLC, just click on the name of the program and you will be linked back to the LLC Information site.

LLC Name LLC Hall Host College or department Room Type
Honors Residential Community

The Honors Residential Community offers a lively, engaged community for students admitted to the University Honors Program. Suites, featuring two bedrooms with a shared bath, create a private, quieter setting for study while multiple lounges on each floor encourage students to form informal study groups, impromptu discussions -- sometimes pondering the larger questions of life and many times having 'just for fun' interactions. Although students can enjoy the company of those with whom they have classes, they have the added bonus of finding common interests with students from many other disciplines -- the commitment to learning being the shared principle for them all.

An array of programming including faculty speakers, films, tutoring hours, specialty workshops and food-supported events are planned by the University Honors Program, the Honors Student Association and floor Community Advisors (CAs) to enhance the living experience. In fact, a large number of students remain in this community for a second year. Students find that the friendships formed here become friendships for life.

This Community is located in Middlebrook Hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, University Honors Program, at honors@umn.edu or 612-624-5522.

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Honors Second Year House

The Honor's Living Learning Community is a great way for students who enjoyed their experience living in the Honor's Residential Community during their first year to continue to be connected to the Honor's Program and live with students who share the same interest. Students who choose to live in the SYE Honor's house will have the opportunity to explore the leadership opportunities in the Honor's Program on a deeper level. Many times students who live in the SYE Honor's House serve as mentors to new students living in the first year community. Additional programs offered throughout the year by the Honor’s Program staff help enhance the student’s experience.

This Community is located in the east wing of Middlebrook Hall and students are assigned to a two person suite style rooms with adjoining bathroom. Contact the LLC sponsor, University Honors Program, at honors@umn.edu or 612-624-5522.

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American Indian Cultural House

American Indian Cultural House is a co-ed community open to all-incoming first-year students. Participants may include students across all colleges who are interested in past and contemporary American Indian issues and intercultural learning.

The goal of the American Indian Cultural House Living Learning Community is to provide a supportive community where the academic experiences of students will be nurtured and enriched as well as help in making friends, and finding their niche on campus. Participants will have the opportunity to live and study together and participate in curricular activities together. The house provides opportunities for students to explore their own identity as well as provide opportunities to those students who want to reach beyond their own cultural background and learn about the experiences of others.

Participants live together in one wing of one residence hall with a Community Advisor (CA) who has an interest in and understands American Indian issues. The CA will work with American Indian Studies faculty and staff to plan social events such as dinners with professionals, faculty, and student organizations. Field trips, study groups, research presentations by faculty and students as well as film showings will also be offered. In addition, the CA will inform participants of special lectures and seminars that will be offered on campus. Students who remain with the program after the first year may become peer mentors and initiate tutoring networks.

Participants also have the opportunity to work with various American Indian student organizations on campus and assist them in special events such as pow-wows, traditional storytelling evenings, and bringing special speakers to campus. In addition, students have direct access to student support services on campus such as the Circle of Indigenous Nations.

This House is located in Comstock Hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE), with Jillian Rowan at berkl002@umn.edu or 612-624-0564.

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American Sign Language House

ASL House is a small community designed for students interested in American Sign Language and the culture of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Any student may be a resident of the ASL House.

The goal of the ASL House is to provide opportunities for personal and academic growth through a Sign Language rich atmosphere. Students will have the opportunity to explore issues and challenges of self-identity, community identity, and culture. During their time in ASL House, residents will attend relevant cultural events and activities both on and off campus. Residents may be students from any college within the University of Minnesota who demonstrate an interest in being an active member of a Deaf/hard-of-hearing friendly, multi-cultural and lingual living environment.

This House is a co-ed community located in Comstock Hall and is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Contact the LLC sponsor, Disability Services, Tracy Koesel at tlkoesel@umn.edu

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@Home in MN

In an effort to better meet the needs of out-of-state students, Orientation & First-Year Programs created a new Living Learning Community - @Home in MN. Choosing to participate in this LLC will provide you with:

• Connections with other new students, faculty, staff and upperclassmates from out-of-state.
• Assistance in accessing specific resources to support your unique transition.
• An introduction to traditions and events to become familiar with Minnesota culture.
• Opportunities to network through social events and workshops.
• Experiences that will broaden your perspectives about people from across the country.

This House is located in Centennial Hall, which is conveniently located in the Superblock. The building is available for students who need additional housing during break (daily rate will apply), providing more flexibility with travel plans. The majority of rooms are singles, although some double rooms are available. Join @Home in MN to enhance your transition to the U!
Contact the LLC sponsor, Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP), at ofyp@umn.edu or 612-624-0666.

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Biology House
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Open to incoming first-year students interested in the biological sciences, with priority given to students in the College of Biological Sciences. Participants may include students who are interested in biology or the field of health sciences.

The goal of the Biology House is to assist students in achieving academic success through a shared coursework experience, while promoting rich co-curricular and career exploration opportunities that enhance student engagement and community building around mutual interest in biology and life sciences.

This House is located in Frontier Hall and houses approximately 100 students. Contact the Biology House LLC liaison in the College of Biological Sciences at 612-624-9717.

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Carlson Leadership House

Open to incoming first-year students in the Carlson School of Management.

Carlson Leadership House is designed to promote active involvement in the University community and to provide opportunities for students to build upon leadership skills developed in high school. Carlson Leadership House encourages students to participate in leadership development programs offered by the University. Students are also kept apprised of leadership opportunities open to incoming students.

This House is located in Territorial Hall and houses approximately 100 students. Contact the LLC sponsor, Carlson School of Management, at 612-624-3313.

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CASA SOL

CASA SOL is a Chicano Latino Living and Learning Community.

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CASA SOL is a community of Latino first-year students, freshman and transfer, working together with Latino faculty and staff towards a great first year. CASA SOL gives you the opportunity to connect with the Latino community on campus, be supported in your academics, have opportunities for leadership, and of course have fun! CASA SOL students participate in Chicano and Latino Studies classes, cultural events, networking and workshops, and a Fall retreat while always infusing música, good food, laughter, dancing y mucho más! We invite you to be a part of our CASA SOL familia.

Students in CASA SOL enroll in a Chicano and Latino Studies course in the fall and spring semesters, participate in a fall retreat, cultural events, resource workshops and a spring semester trip. A peer advisor works closely with the students and also helps coordinate cultural, academic, and extracurricular activities.

For more information click here. CASA SOL is open to both commuter students and those living in the residence halls.  Commuter students interested in applying should apply here.

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CFANS Transfer House

Open to transfer students admitted to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).

CFANS Transfer House is an excellent opportunity to connect with other transfer students who have similar career aspirations and academic interests in food, agricultural and natural resource sciences. Students will have the opportunity to be introduced to research opportunities, study abroad programs, leadership programs and a variety of social events such as barbeques, informal dinners, and some off-campus experiences.

This House is a co-ed community located in Bailey Hall on the St. Paul campus. Contact the LLC sponsor, CFANS Student Services office, at cfanssso@umn.edu or 612-624-6768.

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CSE Second Year House

Open to returning University second-year students in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE)

The College of Science and Engineering Second Year Experience House is an excellent opportunity to continue to build connections with other CSE students and the campus community in your second year at the U of M in CSE. This house will offer students opportunities to experience science and engineering outside the classroom through specialized major and career development options, direct access to student engagement programs, specialized leadership development and training options, experiential and project-based learning social programs, and much more. Residents will be encouraged to take an active role in creating and planning additional opportunities.

Contact the LLC sponsor, College of Science and Engineering, Collegiate Life Office, with Ben Koch at benkoch@umn.edu or 612-625-6813.

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CSE Transfer House

Open to transfer students admitted to the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for fall.

The CSE Transfer House is an excellent opportunity to connect with other transfer students who have similar career aspirations and academic interests in science and/or engineering. Students will have the opportunity to be introduced to research opportunities, study abroad programs, leadership programs and a variety of social events such as barbeques, informal dinners with professors, off-campus experiences, etc. In addition to the social aspect, students will have access to the Taylor Tutoring Center in Frontier Hall that serves CSE students.

This House is a co-ed community located in Centennial Hall and has space for 30 students. Contact the LLC sponsor, College of Science and Engineering, Collegiate Life Office, with Ben Koch at benkoch@umn.edu or 612-625-6813.

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Design House

Open to incoming first-year students that have been admitted to the pre-apparel, pre-graphic and pre-interior design majors in the College of Design.

The Design House provides students with the opportunity to build a design community through shared classroom and living experiences. Its goal is to provide a way for design students to become better acquainted with and learn from one another. Students have the opportunity to plan group activities that involve design practitioners and faculty. In addition, Design House provides a Community Advisor (CA) who is generally an upper-division design student, to assist residents with any questions and concerns and to share their experience as a student in a design major.

This House is located in Bailey Hall, across the street from McNeal Hall where design courses are located. Contact the LLC sponsor, Lori Swenson, Admissions Officer, College of Design at mfranco@umn.edu or 612-624-4762.

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Environment House
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Open to any incoming first-year student interested in sustainability and the health and well-being of our natural world. Participants may include students from any major or college, with priority given to incoming students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) who are pursuing degrees such as: Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, Fisheries and Wildlife, Forest and Natural Resource Management, Food Systems, Plant Science.

The community provides opportunities for students to engage in group activities designed to build friendships, facilitate academic success, and educate students about issues and opportunities in environmental and natural resource sciences.Programs associated with Environment House include:

  • Opportunities to learn about careers in environmental and natural resource sciences.
  • Social events, such as barbeques and canoe trips, to foster community and friendship building among faculty and students.
  • Opportunities to participate in environmentally related service activities on the St. Paul Campus and the surrounding community.

This House is located in Bailey Hall on the beautiful St. Paul Campus. Contact the LLC sponsor, CFANS, Sheryl Bolstad, sbolstad@umn.edu,or 612-624-3034.

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German, Scandinavian, and Dutch House

Open to incoming first-year students across all colleges and all heritages who have a background in German, a Scandinavian language, or Dutch and are interested in maintaining and improving their language skills by living in an environment where priority is given to communicating in the languages of northern Europe.The program creates a GSD community for a diverse set of students who wish to incorporate German, Scandinavian, or Dutch into their personal, academic, and professional development.

GSD House provides opportunities for social events, study groups, and various venues for interaction with instructors from the Department of German, Scandinavian, & Dutch program. There will be close interaction with the Department and the German, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish Clubs.

This house is located in Sanford Hall with other language-focused communities: La Casa De Español, and La Maison Française.
Contact the LLC sponsor, Department of GSD, at gsd@umn.edu or 612-625-2080.

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Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives House

Open to students admitted to the Nutrition or Food Science majors in CFANS. Students admitted to these majors are strongly encouraged to select the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives "HF, HL"  House as their top preference when completing their housing application. Students admitted to another major will be considered, depending on available space. The HF, HL  house provides a network of resources on campus and beyond to help you be successful during your first year in college. In addition, HF, HL serves as a common theme of interest between you and other residents. This common interest is critical in developing healthy friendships, study buddies, and lifestyles to get you through the first year.

This HF, HL house works with you to provide:

  • Study groups
  • On-site advising workshops
  • Social events
  • Other events (see below)

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Residents of the HF, HL house play an integral role in the development and outcomes of its programs and planning. Additional programming is possible based on the interests of your particular group (such as fitness, vegan cooking, community service, etc). These experiences may lead to future leadership opportunities on and off campus throughout your college years.

This House is located in Territorial Hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, CFANS academic advisor for first-year students, in Nutrition and Food Science, Robin Perez, at rsperez@umn.edu.

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Huntley House for African American Males

Huntley House opened in August 2012. Huntley House is open to all African American male students from any college within the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and is designed to build community by exploring the shared experience of African American males in and out of the classroom.

The goal of Huntley House is to provide a sense of community and connectedness for African American males and opportunities for personal and academic growth in a supportive atmosphere to ensure their success in college and beyond. Students will have the opportunity to explore issues of ethnicity, identity, and leadership, while receiving vital academic support and actively participating in and contributing to campus student life. As a group, students will attend various cultural events and activities in the Twin Cities, often with the staff and faculty of the Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS), Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE), College of Liberal Arts (CLA), Office of Admissions staff, and others. Students will have many opportunities to connect with student leaders at the Black Student Union and other student organizations.

This House is located in the 17th Avenue residence hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, AA&AS, with Patrick Troup at troup007@umn.edu or huntleyh@umn.edu or 612-624-5253.

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La Casa De Espanol

Open to incoming first-year students. The program houses students (including native Spanish speakers) across all colleges who have a background in and would like to maintain and improve their Spanish language skills by living in an environment where priority is given to communicating in Spanish.

The program creates a Spanish-speaking community for a diverse set of students who wish to incorporate Spanish into their academic, personal, and professional development. The program provides opportunities for social events and study groups, and various venues for interaction with faculty throughout the year, all conducted in Spanish.

This House is located in Sanford Hall with other language-focused communities: La Maison Française, and German, Scandinavian, and Dutch House (GSD).
Contact the LLC sponsor, The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, at spanport@umn.edu or 612-625-5858.

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La Maison Française

Open to incoming first-year students. The program houses students (including native French speakers) across all colleges who have a background in and would like to maintain and improve their French language skills.

The program creates a French-speaking community for a diverse set of students who wish to incorporate French into their academic, personal, and professional development. The program provides opportunities for social events and study groups, and various venues for interaction with faculty throughout the year, all conducted in French. La Maison Française is located in Sanford Hall with other language focused Living Learning Communities: La Casa Español, and German, Scandinavian, and Dutch House (GSD).

This House is located in Sanford Hall with other language-focused communities: German, Scandinavian, and Dutch House (GSD), and La Casa De Español.
Contact the LLC sponsor, The Department of French and Italian, at frit@umn.edu or 612-624-4308.

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Lavender House

Open to any and all students who are interested in learning and uncovering the histories and cultures of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally communities. Students in this LLC are able to explore and express their whole selves, including their gender identities and sexualities, in a safe and affirming environment. Lavender House students have the opportunity to participate in programs and services offered by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office. With the support of the staff at the GLBTA Programs Office, Lavender House students can connect with GLBTA communities at large through attending cultural events and activities on campus and in the Twin Cities.

This House is located in Comstock Hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, GLBTA Programs Office, at glbtapo@umn.edu or 612-625-0537.

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Leaders in Transition

The Leaders in Transition LLC (also known as “Transfer House”) gives new transfer students an opportunity to support each other through their first year at the U of M and learn about leadership for personal growth and professional development.

The goal of Leaders in Transition community is to help transfers grow on a personal level so that they may become effective leaders their lives, student groups, and career endeavors. Participants are required to enroll in Personal Leadership in the University (PA 1961W/OLPD 1301W) during the fall semester.

Past participants in this community have recalled their experiences to be both personally and professionally challenging as well as one of their most rewarding experiences during their first year on campus.

To be eligible for Leaders in Transition, a student must: (1) be a new transfer student admitted to the Twin Cities campus for fall semester; (2) submit an application through the office of Orientation & First-Year Programs at http://www.ofyp.umn.edu/en/leadersintransition.html; and (3) demonstrate a genuine interest in leadership development.

This House is located in the 17th Avenue residence hall. Complete the supplemental application for this LLC at z.umn.edu/leadersintransition. Questions? Contact the LLC sponsor Colby Heineman, cheinema@umn.edu, or 612-624-8669.

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Pillar House

The Pillar House will provide first-year students, interested in or committed to becoming a member of a Social/Service Fraternity or Sorority, with the unique opportunity to explore how membership at the University of Minnesota can enhance and enrich their college experience. Built on the four pillars of the University of Minnesota Greek community (leadership, scholarship, service, and friendship), the Pillar house seeks to make every student's Greek experience successful. Under the guidance of the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Pillar House residents are introduced to chapters from all three Greek Councils (Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, & University Greek Partnership Board) to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of Greek life and support educated choices for future membership.

The House is located in the 17th Avenue residence hall, providing students with an exceptional opportunity to engage in the traditions that take place within our historic Greek community while enjoying the amenities of a traditional residence hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life, at fsl@umn.edu or 612-625-8405.

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Pre-Veterinary Science House 

This house is comprised of students interested in animals and becoming veterinarians. This LLC strives to build friendships among students while facilitating their academic success. Pre-Vet House offers an array of social and professional programs geared toward helping students learn more about animal-related careers and educational opportunities. Programs associated with the community include:

  • Organization of study groups, tutoring, and study-skills sessions
  • Opportunities to participate in animal-related service activities
  • Off-campus visits to sites of interest
  • Presentations and discussions led by professionals in animal-related fields, including faculty and veterinarians
  • Social activities – including involvement in on-campus student groups such as the Pre-Vet club

This House is located in Bailey Hall on the beautiful St. Paul Campus. Contact the LLC sponsor, CFANS, at groze@umn.edu or 612-624-2722.

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Recovery House

Recovery House is designed to provide students in recovery a supportive structured community for their continued success in recovery on campus. An environment of leadership, community, and accountability are fostered through house requirements and resources. Students are encouraged to connect with both on and off campus opportunities for recovery support and academic success. Students are also provided individual counseling support to help them navigate these resources.

In addition to the benefits of living with other students who are in recovery, students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous social and educational programs. Students will also work together to plan activities for the community.

Applicants will be asked to complete additional essay questions that will be used to select students for the community. Students selected for this program will have the opportunity to live in these space-limited communities by signing an additional contract stating that they commit to the expectations set out by the community to participate in weekly meetings, remain sober, and help support other members of the community to maintain their sobriety.

This House is located in Middlebrook Hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, Boynton Health Service, Amanda Filtz, Health Promotions Coordinator: afiltz@bhs.umn.edu.

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ROTC House

Open to incoming first-year students interested in the Army, Navy/Marine, or Air Force ROTC. Although the house is open to all students interested in the study of military leadership, preference is given to those who have registered for one of the ROTC programs at the University. The ROTC House provides on-site advising, a meeting room in the residence hall, study groups, and tutoring/mentoring by upper class ROTC cadets/midshipmen.

The goal of the departments of Military Science, Naval Science, and Aerospace Studies is to commission world-class military officers educated at a premier research university. The program provides cadets and midshipmen with the opportunity to learn more about each other and each service through routine social contact in a non-classroom atmosphere. 

This House is located in Centennial Hall with space for 31 students. Contact the LLC sponsors listed below:

Department of Military Science (Army ROTC)

Phone: 612-624-1584
Web site: http://www1.umn.edu/arotc
Email:army.rotc@umn.edu

Department of Naval Science (Navy/Marine Corps ROTC)

Phone: 612-625-6677
Web site: http://nrotc.umn.edu/
Email:nrotc@umn.edu

Department of Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)

Phone: 612-624-2884
Web site: http://www.afrotc.umn.edu/
Email: afrotc@umn.edu

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STEM Diversity House

Open to first-year students of color interested in any areas in the STEM fields including:

  • College of Biological Sciences (CBS) - all science programs
  • College of Science & Engineering (CSE) - all engineering, mathematics and science programs
  • College of Food, Agricultural, & Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) - all science programs
  • College of Liberal Arts (CLA) - Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Physics, and other science programs

The STEM Diversity House, for students of color, creates a smaller environment in which students interested in sciences or engineering can learn from others (peers, faculty, graduate students, professionals) who have similar academic and career interests. Participants in the STEM Diversity House will find support that will enhance their success in the classroom and in making friends, finding their niche on campus, and exploring their academic, career, and personal interests. The Community Advisor (CA) works with faculty and staff of STEM fields to provide various social activities such as lab tours, dinners with faculty, study groups and company tours. Students will be encouraged to participate in the NorthStar STEM Alliance that will support them with financial support, research opportunities, alliance opportunities, service and outreach activities, study abroad and internships. Many events will be co-sponsored with Taylor House and WISE House also located in Frontier.

This House is located in Frontier Hall and houses approximately 20 co-ed spaces. Contact the LLC sponsor, CSE, with Simone at gbol0001@umn.edu.

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Second Year Experience Program

The SYE House is an excellent opportunity to continue to build connections with other students and the campus community in your second year at the U of M. This House aims to meet the unique needs of second-year students, and will focus on the themes of Leadership & Engagement, Major & Career, and Community & Connection. Students will have the opportunity to engage with these themes through courses, various events, and programs throughout the year. Residents will be encouraged to take an active role in creating and planning these activities. Pre-application is required.

SYE is located within the 17th Avenue residence hall. Contact the LLC co-sponsors at Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) or College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) or www.secondyear.umn.edu for more information.

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Students Crossing Borders Community

Students Crossing Borders (SCB) brings international and domestic students together into a single community that gives residents a global experience through interactive cross-cultural learning. Whether eating lunch with your roommate or participating in one of our regular community-wide events, this community of approximately 130 students will enhance your intercultural communication and knowledge of other people around the world.

This Community is located on two floors of Middlebrook Hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, by visiting the website and application at SCB or send any questions via email to scb@umn.edu.

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Substance Free House

The residents who choose to live in one of Housing’s substance-free communities agree to refrain from the misuse of prescription drugs and the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs while living in this community. They also agree that they will not return to their community while under the influence of alcohol. In addition to the benefits of living with other students who have chosen this lifestyle, students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous social and educational programs presented by the Community Advisor (CA) and staff of Boynton Health Services. Students will also work together to plan activities for the community. 

All students, regardless of academic program or academic class standing, may apply to live in the Substance-Free LLC. Applicants will be asked to complete additional essay questions that will be used to select students for the community. Students selected for this program will have the opportunity to live in these space-limited communities by signing an additional contract stating that they commit to refrain from consuming alcohol or other drugs, in addition to using tobacco products. 

This House is located in Middlebrook Hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, Housing & Residential Life, at reslife@umn.edu.

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Taylor House for Science & Engineering

The Taylor House for Science & Engineering is an exciting residential learning environment that is popular with first-year students. The program creates a smaller living-learning environment in which students can learn from others who have similar academic and career interests in science and/or engineering. It is open to CSE first-year students interested in any area of science and/or engineering. Frontier is home to the Taylor Tutoring Center, sponsored by CSE, staffed by consultants trained by the SMART Learning Commons, and is open to all residents of Frontier Hall. 

Students participating in the Taylor House will find support by making new friends that can enhance their success in the classroom and on campus. Faculty and staff advisors from the College of Science and Engineering will provide guidance during students’ first year on campus as well as on-site academic advising and access to information on career options. In addition, there are various social activities such as dinner with professionals, faculty, and student organizations. Because of the popularity of this program, students interested in applying must be willing to attend a few activities planned and sponsored by the CSE throughout the year. All occupants in this house are strongly encouraged to register for the CSE course 1312: “Exploring Careers in Science and Engineering."

This House is a co-ed community on the 4th floor of Frontier Hall with space for 200 students and participates in events with WISE House. Contact the LLC sponsor, The CSE Collegiate Life office, with Ben Koch at benkoch@umn.edu or 612-625-6813.

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Tsev Hmoob (Hmong House)

Tsev Hmoob is a co-ed community open to incoming first-year students. Participants may include students across all colleges who are interested in past and contemporary Hmong issues and intercultural learning.

Tsev Hmoob is designed to provide opportunities for personal and academic growth in a supportive community where the academic experiences of students will be nurtured and enriched. Participants will have the opportunity to live and study together and participate in extracurricular activities. Tsev Hmoob provides opportunities for students to explore the issues of ethnicity, identity and community development while receiving essential academic support and actively participating in and contributing to campus student life.

A Community Advisor (CA) who has an interest in and understands the Hmong culture, its history and other issues surrounding the Hmong community lives in this LLC. The CA will work with staff and faculty from the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) and Asian American Studies (AAS) to plan social events throughout the academic year. Students will have direct access to student resources and support services on campus such as MCAE and AAS. Participants also have the opportunity to work with various Asian American student organizations, especially Hmong Minnesota Student Association (HMSA), Hmong Women Support Group, and Hmong Men Circle on campus and assist them in special events such as the Hmong Heritage.

All occupants are encouraged to take an Asian American Studies, 3-credit course AAS 1101, Imagining Asian American. This will foster a supportive learning environment where students can learn from one another and enhance their success in the classroom.

This House is located on the fourth (4th) floor of Comstock Hall. Contact the LLC sponsor, MCAE, with Juavah Lee at 612-624-9577 or leexx048@umn.edu; or Pa Lee at leex3372@umn.edu or 612-625-5503.

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West Bank Arts House

Open to incoming first-year students who have an interest in all aspects of the arts, specifically theatre, dance, music, and visual arts. Priority is given to students in those departments. Participants may also include other first-year students who are interested in participating in the arts on campus, but do not wish to declare it as a major.

The West Bank Arts community provides a supportive atmosphere for students who share a love of the arts and who see the value of interdisciplinary access and collaboration. The community helps students in achieving success in their coursework, exploring the many different disciplines encompassed in performing and visual arts, and finding ways to generate collaborative projects. The program includes many social opportunities and events such as tours of studios, galleries, and performance venues; study groups; group attendance at guest artist's performance and studio events; and career exploration. Invitations to guest lectures, symposiums, and seminars are offered as well. Students who remain connected to the program after the first year may apply to become peer advisors or may initiate tutoring networks. Community houses approximately 125 students.

This House is located in Middlebrook Hall. Contact the LLC sponsors, Departments of Art and Theatre of Arts & Dance, and the School of Music, with Anabel Wirt at anabel@umn.edu or 612-624-2847.

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Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) House

Open to female first-year students interested in any area of science or engineering, including:

  • College of Science and Engineering (CSE) - all engineering, mathematics and science programs
  • Agriculture (CFANS) (e.g., Animal Science, Food Science, and Nutrition)
  • Architecture, Computer Science, Math or Science Education Engineering (e.g., Aerospace, Chemical, Electrical)
  • Health Sciences (e.g., Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine)
  • History and Philosophy of Science, Life Sciences (e.g., Biology, Neuroscience)

The WISE House creates a smaller environment in which women interested in the sciences or engineering can learn from others (peers, faculty, graduate students, professionals) who have similar academic and career interests. Participants in the WISE House will find support that will enhance their success in the classroom and in making friends, finding their niche on campus, exploring their academic career and personal interests. The Community Advisor (CA) works with the faculty and staff of WISE to provide various social activities such as lab tours, dinners with faculty, and study groups. WISE House has 30 spaces.

This House is located in Frontier Hall. Contact the LLC sponsors, CSE Collegiate Life office with Ben at benkoch@umn.edu or Women's Center with Anitra at cottlead@umn.edu.

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