Learning Communities

Do you want to meet other first-year students who share your interests or academic major?

Would you like to take classes at convenient times from professors who are aware of the unique needs of new college students and who are dedicated to helping you make the successful transition to college?

How about being part of a supportive learning environment that is dedicated to your academic success and personal development in college?

Sound good? Then a first-year learning community may be a great choice for you!

  • A learning community is 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 business, nursing, education, or dance. Other learning communities are suitable for a variety of majors and carry themes ranging from “green” living, to social justice, to gender studies and more. The courses in learning communities count toward university degree requirements and are taught by faculty dedicated to helping new students achieve academic success.


  • You can register for a learning community at New Student Orientation. Advisors will help you with the process. After you have enrolled in the learning community of your choice, you can register for additional General Education courses to complete your schedule.

  • Yes. All full-time, first-year students with fewer than 15 credit hours are required to sign up for either a learning community or a first-year seminar (KSU 1101, KSU 1111, KSU 1121, or KSU 1200).

  • 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 

Fall 2017 Learning Communities

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Guidelines for Proposing a Learning Community

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Fall 2017 ‐ Proposals for Learning Communities for First‐Year Students are being accepted October 10 ‐ November 11, 2016. Click here to submit a proposal.

Be a part of a supportive community of students, faculty, and staff! Enroll in a first-year learning community!

Learning Communities Faculty Scholars Course

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