Living Learning Communities

Shippensburg University’s Living-Learning Communities (LLC) offer the unique experience to join a small community of people interested in the same things as you. An LLC is a group of students who live on the same floor and have the same academic or social interests. We have LLCs based on majors, groups and passions.

Some benefits of living in an LLC include:

  • Build strong relationships with other students, faculty and staff
  • Concentrate on your personal passions
  • Enjoy simplified scheduling
  • Live in suite-style housing
  • Choose your roommates
  • Use hall spaces for group meetings/activities
  • Connect with peer mentors

We invite you to learn more about these unique living arrangements at Ship. If you have a passion that isn’t represented, you can start your own LLC.

Ready to apply for an LLC? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Room selection is completed in the housing portal.
  • You should mutually match using MyCollegeRoomie to find roommates and select a room in the appropriate room selection process.
  • LLC students are not required to match with a roommate, but it is encouraged.
  • Only one of the matching roommates needs to participate in the LLC and that student should select into the room.
  • After selecting a room in the LLC, complete the LLC application.

If you have questions about LLCs, please email shipllc@ship.edu or call (717) 477-1919.

Academic Communities

Students in the Biology First-Year Interest Group LLC are enrolled in the same section of BIO161 Principles of Biology: Cell Structure and Function (the first course for biology majors), as well as two other general education courses.

This clustering of courses along with the shared residential experience provides opportunities for students to:

  • Take part in meaningful extracurricular activities
  • Meet and get to know biology faculty
  • Form study groups and friendships with students who have common academic and social interests

Students receive a peer mentor, an upper-class student who provides guidance on a number of topics like effective studying, time management, and adjusting to college life. Individual mentoring groups meet weekly for a non-credit seminar led by the peer mentor and often feature presentations on different campus resources that can help students succeed.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Kieffer Hall rooms 127-142
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • A concentrated focus on being academically successful right from the start of your college experience
  • Instant support from hallmates who are also transitioning into college and share three courses with you
  • A peer mentor and resident assistant to help you with the academic and social transition to college
  • Extra academic advising

First-year students in this LLC are enrolled in three courses together, including Computer Science 110 (the first course for computer science and engineering majors). They also benefit from living with upper-class computer science and engineering majors and receive additional support and programming from faculty and staff.

Students can take part in meaningful extracurricular activities to meet and get to know computer science and engineering faculty, get involved in clubs or organizations and learn about other resources offered on campus. They can also form study groups and friendships with students who have common academic and social interests.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Lackhove Hall rooms 102-125 (located near the Math/Computer Technologies building)
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • A concentrated focus on being academically successful right from the start of your college experience
  • Instant support from hall mates who are also transitioning into college and share three courses with you
  • Extra academic advising

This community focuses on exploring major and career options, the adjustment to college and skill development.

Students will form a relationship with a peer mentor, an upper-class student who provides guidance on a number of topics, such as effective studying, time management and adjusting to college life. Individual mentoring groups meet weekly for a non-credit seminar led by the peer mentor and often feature presentations on campus resource presentations that can help students succeed and explore different career and major options.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Seavers Hall (second floor) and Naugle Hall (second floor)
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • A concentrated focus on being academically successful right from the start of your college experience
  • Instant support from hall mates who are also transitioning into college and share two courses with you
  • A peer mentor and resident assistant to help you with the academic and social transition to college

First-year students in this LLC are enrolled in two general education courses together. They will also have an academic peer mentor to help guide them through their first semester of college. The mentor is an upper-class student who provides direction on a number of topics, such as effective studying, time management, and adjusting to college life through a weekly non-credit seminar.

Students can take part in meaningful extracurricular activities to meet and get to know various faculty, get involved in clubs or organizations and learn about other resources offered on campus. They can also form study groups and friendships with students who have common academic and social interests.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in McCune Hall rooms 201-222 (located near the College of Education and Human Services in Shippen Hall)
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • A concentrated focus on being academically successful right from the start of your college experience
  • Instant support from hall mates who are also transitioning into college and share three courses with you
  • Extra academic advising

First-year psychology students in this LLC will be enrolled together in a major course. They will also participate in a weekly seminar led by an academic peer mentor. They will have the ability to network with faculty, staff, alumni and more. They can also participate in research and join Psi Chi, the psychology honor society.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Kieffer Hall rooms 307-320
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • Staff and faculty mentors to provide support and resources
  • Instant connection with fellow hallmates
  • Events and programs geared toward your interests
  • Supportive environment to encourage you to achieve your goals

First-year business majors participating in this LLC are enrolled in the same section of Business 101: Foundations of Business Administration as well as two other courses. They receive additional opportunities to explore different career and major options within the John L. Grove College of Business and receive an academic peer mentor to help guide them during their first semester of college.

The academic peer mentor is an upper-class student who provides guidance on a number of topics, such as effective studying, time management, and adjusting to college life through a non-credit seminar that meets weekly.

Students in this LLC also have opportunities to connect with a host of faculty and alumni from the John L. Grove College of Business.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Harley Hall rooms 240-254 (located near the John L. Grove College of Business in Grove Hall)
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • A concentrated focus on being academically successful right from the start of your college experience
  • Instant support from hall mates who are also transitioning into college and share three courses with you
  • Extra academic advising

First-year criminal justice students in this LLC will be enrolled together in a major course as well as a weekly seminar. Throughout the seminar, which is led by an academic peer mentor, students will have the ability to network with faculty, staff and alumni while developing a stronger connection to the Criminal Justice Department. Additionally, students have the opportunity to learn more about the criminal justice field and participate in a variety of opportunities.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Harley Hall rooms 337-354
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • Staff and faculty mentors to provide support and resources
  • Instant connection with fellow hallmates
  • Events and programs geared towards your interests
  • Supportive environment to encourage you to achieve your goals

The Wood Honors College LLC offers incoming students the opportunity to live in suites designated exclusively for the Wood Honors College in Harley Hall. By choosing this housing option, you'll be able to form relationships with your peers while gaining social and educational connections to enhance your experience and success at Shippensburg University.

The community regularly offers a variety of social, academic, and educational programming to help create a more holistic Wood Honors College experience. Honors students at Ship benefit from small classes, excellent teaching, and exciting research, study abroad and service-learning opportunities.

Students wishing to take part in this LLC must apply and be accepted into the Wood Honors College.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Harley Hall rooms 101-131, which also houses the Wood Honors College offices and classroom
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • Diverse schedule of events, including service projects and recreational activities
  • Extra academic and scholarship advising
  • Leadership positions
  • Opportunities to participate in Honors study, research and service-learning programs around the world

First-year students in this LLC will be enrolled in a major course and two other general education courses. They will also participate in a weekly seminar led by an academic peer mentor where they will learn what it takes to be a successful communication/journalism student. Members in this LLC will be encouraged to get involved early in the various forms of student media across campus.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in McCune Hall rooms 301-322
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • Staff and faculty mentors to provide support and resources
  • Instant connection with fellow hallmates
  • Events and programs geared toward your interests
  • Supportive environment to encourage you to achieve your goals

Interest Communities

The Healthy Living LLC serves students focused on making healthy lifestyle choices in all aspects of life. By stressing a culture of mutual respect, affinity, accountability, and support, this LLC aspires to further the image of a balanced lifestyle within both the individual and the community.

Members are asked to actively participate in wellness events, respect and support other members and to commit to making healthy lifestyle choices.

This LLC fosters an environment that encourages a well-rounded balance of intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial and spiritual wellness in order to achieve personal and academic success.

Students will develop a sense of balance and responsibility with a focus on caring for the whole person, all while having fun and creating friendships that will last well beyond Shippensburg.

The residents of this community will work to improve their personal wellness by participating in a variety of programs provided by students, faculty and staff.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in McCune Hall rooms 101-137
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • Building relationships with a diverse group of students committed to living a healthy lifestyle
  • Developing strong values and ethics, and connecting with other students who have similar interests
  • Participating in community activities and events
  • Becoming involved with developing standards and planning for the future of the community
  • Model healthy behaviors and set an example for other Shippensburg students

The Shippensburg Leadership Academy LLC is designed for students who want to develop as leaders. This LLC offers students the opportunity to begin crafting their own personal definition of leadership, while being mentored by a Ship staff or faculty member.

Students can take part in dinners with local officials, attend presentations on the many dimensions of leadership, and become aware of some of the most coveted leadership positions on campus.

This LLC is for both experienced and new leaders who want to learn and practice skills that will help make them more effective in whatever they do. Whether you have been a leader in high school or you want to expand your interests into new areas at college, the Shippensburg Leadership Academy will help.

By attending and taking part in a variety of planned and structured events, students will learn more about their unique leadership abilities.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Lackhove Hall rooms 41-52
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • Staff or faculty mentors who provide advising around leadership development while collaboratively creating an individualized leadership plan
  • Ongoing workshops, planned and impromptu conversations around leadership throughout the year
  • Awareness of student leadership opportunities at Shippensburg University
  • Living with a diverse group of people who bring different leadership experiences and values, together forming their own understanding of leadership

The ROTC/Veterans Living Learning Community is in Kieffer Hall. In this LLC, students build new relationships with other students, faculty and staff, while concentrating on their personal passions.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Suite-style living in Kieffer Hall rooms 226-242 (located near the ROTC office in Wright Hall)
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • Staff and faculty mentors to provide support and resources
  • Instant connection with fellow hallmates
  • Events and programs geared toward your interests
  • Supportive environment to encourage you to achieve your goals

The Ship Unity Community is meant for students who seek to engage in open and progressive discussions on a variety of social justice issues. The LLC empowers students to be aware of cultural and social diversity within our society and on our campus. LLC participants will gain skills such as increased self-awareness, effective communication and the ability to work in a variety of environments.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Lackhove Hall rooms 235 –252
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • Building relationships with a diverse group of students committed to inclusion
  • Developing strong values and ethics, and connecting with other students with similar interests
  • Participating in community activities, events and mentorship opportunities

This LLC is designed to assist incoming transfer students with their acclimation to the Shippensburg University community. It provides a wonderful opportunity for new transfer students to make campus connections, learn about traditions, and build relationships with one another during their first year at Ship.

Students receive a peer mentor, which is an upper-class student who helps introduce the campus to incoming transfer students, plans occasional social events and helps transfer students become a part of the Ship family.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Suite-style living in Kieffer Hall rooms 27-41
  • Lounge reserved specifically for your LLC use
  • A focus on being successful right from the start of your Shippensburg experience
  • Becoming involved in on-campus clubs and student organizations