LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Do you want to make friends and study partners your first semester of college?

Do you want to take interesting classes at great times from professors dedicated to helping you succeed at KSU?

If so, enrolling in a first-year learning community (LC) may be a great option for you!  Each year, approximately 1,500 incoming first-year students decide to begin their college journey at KSU by enrolling in academic learning communities. We encourage you to review the LC offerings for fall 2017.

WHAT IS A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

A learning community consists of 20-25 first-semester students who co-enroll in two or more courses that are linked together with a common theme. Some learning communities are for specific academic majors, such as dance or mechatronics. Other learning communities are suitable for a variety of majors and carry themes ranging from preparing for emergencies to cultivating happiness. The courses in learning communities count toward university degree requirements and are taught by faculty dedicated to working together to help KSU’s newest students achieve academic success and a sense of belonging at the university.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

Research at both the national and campus levels shows that, on average, first-year students who enroll in learning communities:

  • Earn higher grades
  • Express greater satisfaction with the university experience
  • Make more friends and study buddies
  • Are more likely to “make it” to their sophomore year
  • Take greater advantage of campus services and resources
  • See more connections between what they are learning in and out of the classroom
  • Are more likely to perceive faculty and staff as friendly and supportive 

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

You can register for a learning community at Ignition, KSU’s new student orientation. Advisors will help you with the process.  After you enroll in the learning community of your choice, you can register for additional General Education courses to complete your schedule.

DOES A LEARNING COMMUNITY FULFILL MY FIRST-YEAR CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT?

Yes. All full-time, first-year students with fewer than 15 credit hours are required to sign up for either a learning community or KSU 1101, the first-year seminar. Some learning communities contain KSU 1101 and some do not. All meet the FY requirement.

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