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 descriptions.

WHAT IS A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

A learning community typically 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 focus areas or majors, such as architecture, science and math, or theatre and performance studies. Other learning communities are for specific student populations, such as Honors students. 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.

 

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