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.  New in the Fall 2022 upperclassmen may request to return to their LLC area by request.

There is NO added cost to participate in the Living Learning Communities, only added benefits.

Some benefits of living in an LLC include:

  • Build strong relationships with other students, faculty and staff
  • Concentrate on your personal passions
  • Simplified scheduling for classes
  • Early housing selection access
  • Choose your roommates/ roommates having similar interests
  • Use of hall spaces for group meetings/activities
  • Connections with peer mentors
  • Professional development experiences
  • On and Off-Campus Field Trip opportunities
  • LLC Swag & access to our textbook program

We invite you to learn more about these living experiences at Ship.

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. If you don’t have a roommate match, you can still participate without issue
  • 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) 477-1905.

Living Learning 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 Lackhove Hall Rooms 125-145
  • 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 102-123 (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 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 103-123
  • 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 237-254 (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 201-215, 218-220
  • 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 228-236
  • 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 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 McLean Hall rooms 202-216 (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 FirstGen LLC offers first generation students the opportunity to live on the same floor in Naugle Hall Rooms 201-212. The FirstGen LLC meets weekly throughout the Fall semester and connects participants to other first generation students, faculty, and staff. The LLC focuses on transitioning to college. From learning how to register for classes to navigating University jargon, the FirstGen LLC will help provide the tools for success!

 

A first-generation student is defined as:

  • An individual, neither of whose parents or legal guardian(s) completed a baccalaureate degree
  • An individual who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree
  • An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or adoptive parent

If your parent(s) and/or guardian(s) attended college but do not have a bachelor’s degree (i.e., did not graduate), you are considered to be a first-generation student.

If you think you qualify to participate in this LLC, apply today!

 

Perks and Benefits:

  • Communal living in Naugle Hall rooms 201-212
  • Community of friends who share a similar experience
  • Networking opportunities with first gen faculty/staff
  • Extra academic and scholarship advising
  • Growth and mentorship access