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Learning Communities

There's strength in numbers. Take classes together and connect in a common experience with the same group of students and succeed.

Available Learning Communities

There are more than 40 learning communities (LCs) available for you to explore. LCs are groups of 20-25 students who take classes together focused on a specific theme, academic area, or interest. This is a great opportunity to discuss with your academic advisor during your New Roo Advising & Registration appointment. Some communities provide an opportunity to express an interest in a LC ahead of your advising appointment.  

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For select communities, complete the LC Interest Form today.

Please note reserved seats are limited. To be eligible, students must have confirmed their intent to enroll at UA. In addition, each individual community may have additional eligibility criteria which is identified within their community descriptions listed below.

This Learning Community is open to first-year marketing and sales majors or students interested in pursuing a career in marketing or sales. The group will explore opportunities to connect with other students in those major, as well as get a head start in creating a network with alumni and companies in Northeast Ohio.

Department/College:

College of Business 

Community Opportunities:

  • Have access to join UA's American Marketing Association, Fisher Sales Society, and other student groups that focus on these areas
  • Gain valuable information about the future of Marketing and Sales, not only from a trends perspective, but also from a career perspective
  • Engage with community partners in experiential learning projects and company tours

    Who’s Eligible?

    Any Incoming, first-year Marketing and/or Sales majors in the College of Business

    Courses Included (Fall Semester)

    Adaptive CBA Success Seminar (1 credit)

    Understanding individual strengths and building relationships with others enhances one’s ability for a successful future career in business. The College of Business Leadership Learning Community will provide students with leadership concepts surrounding purpose, ethics, and empowerment in a group-curricular setting while having out-of-class experiences to engage and apply their learning. Students will learn, first-hand, what it means to be an effective leader.

    Department/College:

    College of Business 

    Community Opportunities:

    • Earn the Level 1 certificate of completion through the Institute for Leadership Advancement’s Leadership Designation Program
    • Free access to Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment and participate in Strengths training
    • Network with guest speakers who are business leaders and innovators
    • Sample class topics: Resiliency, commitment, emotional intelligence, ethics, and leadership development

    Who’s Eligible?

    Any Incoming, first-year College of Business student.

    Courses Included (Fall Semester)

    Adaptive CBA Success Seminar (1 credit)

    The Computer Information Systems Learning Community provides support to students entering into the CIS field. During the fall semester, students will be required to participate in open lab and tutoring.

    Department/College:

    College of Engineering and Polymer Science

    Who’s Eligible?

    Students pursuing a major in either Networking, CISCO, or Programming and who have also successfully completed CISBR Test.

    Courses Included (Fall Semester)

    Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

    Introduction of Logic/Programming (3 credits)

    The Cybersecurity Learning Community provides support to students entering into the cyber and digital forensics field. During the fall semester, students will be required to participate in open lab times and tutoring. Students will also be able to interact with faculty in the field.

    Department/College:

    College of Engineering and Polymer Science

    Who’s Eligible?

    Students pursing a major in either Cybersecurity or Digital Forensics.

    Courses Included (Fall Semester)

    Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

    Introduction to Digital Forensics (3 credits)

    The Diverse Male Learning Community is a group of approximately 20 students who will take 2-3 classes together. By participating, students become better acquainted with their classmates and instructors and will be paired with mentors who will assist them in their transition to The University of Akron. In addition, students are able to form study groups and rely on each other for help and support. This is a structured experience specifically designed for diverse males through year-long academic and social participation. Students focus on Rights of PASSAGE programs, leadership, responsibility, academic achievement, leadership and civic engagement.

    Department/College:

    Office of Multicultural Development 

    Community Opportunities:

    • Interact with influential diverse males from the University and Akron community
    • Connection to multicultural student organizations available on campus
    • Participate in a civic engagement opportunities designed to cultivate young emerging leaders
    • Students participating in an Office of Multicultural Development learning community will be eligible to receive a $150 book scholarship for the Fall 2022 semester.

     Who’s Eligible?

    All majors are welcome.

    Courses Included (Fall Semester)

    Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

    Intro to Public Speaking (3 credits)

    Academic Support (Weekly)

    Courses Included (Spring Semester - Tentative)

    Black Experience 1918 to Present (3 credits)

    Intro to Sociology (3 credits)

    Academic Support (Weekly)

    The Emerging Leaders Program creates an opportunity for first-year students to become actively engaged in the campus community through leadership development, civic engagement and self-discovery. It is through academic achievement, mentoring and co-curricular involvement that students experience a holistic approach to college life and later as civic leaders in society.

    Department/College:

    Department of Residence Life and Housing

    Community Opportunities:

    • Make new friends in a unique Learning Community
    • Award-winning leadership training
    • Membership in America's No. 1 Program Board (RHPB)
    • Work with great entertainers
    • Arrive to school early
    • Be a part of the University from the start!

    Who’s Eligible?

    Students of any major can apply. Students are selected through an application process by the Department of Residence Life and Housing. As a part of the community experience, students are required to reside on campus in the designated residence hall spaces reserved for the Emerging Leaders Program. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here to visit housing’s website.

    Courses Included (Fall Semester)

    Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

    Courses Included (Spring Semester)

    Leadership Principles & Instruction (2 credits)

    The Engineering Learning Community provides aspiring engineering students of all disciplines the opportunity to get connected with faculty, staff, and fellow peers early on in their Akron Experience. The community is designed to provide wrap around support for those engineering students who have placed into Algebra for Calculus. Students will participate in an academic support program built into their math course. 

    Department/College:

    College of Engineering and Polymer Science

    Community Opportunities:

    • Faculty and staff connection with the college
    • Get to know more about the College of Engineering and Polymer Science
    • Built in study table support for math

    Who’s Eligible?

    Students pursing any Engineering major and who have placed into Algebra for Calculus

    Courses Included (Fall Semester)

    Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

    Algebra for Calculus (4 credits)

    Academic Support (Weekly) 

    The Engineering Learning Community provides aspiring engineering students of all disciplines the opportunity to get connected with faculty, staff, and fellow peers early on in their Akron Experience. The community is designed to provide wrap around support for those engineering students who have placed into Pre-Calculus. Students will participate in an academic support program built into their math course. 

    Department/College:

    College of Engineering and Polymer Science

    Community Opportunities:

    • Faculty and staff connection with the college
    • Get to know more about the College of Engineering and Polymer Science
    • Built in study table support for math

    Who’s Eligible?

    Students pursing any Engineering major and who have placed into Pre- Calculus.

    Courses Included (Fall Semester)

    Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

    Pre-Calculus Math (4 credits)

    Academic Support (Weekly) 

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to own and operate your own business? This Learning Community will help any incoming business student who has the passion and drive to create new business opportunities in an ever-changing environment. Topics will include: thinking like an entrepreneur, the early steps in business planning, and strategies every new entrepreneur should keep in mind.

    Department/College:

    College of Business 

    Community Opportunities:

    • Network with fellow aspiring entrepreneurs
    • Engage with community partners (including Bounce Innovation Hub)
    • Gain valuable tools into the creation and implementation of owning your own business

      Who’s Eligible?

      Any Incoming, first-year College of Business students

      Courses Included (Fall Semester)

      Adaptive CBA Success Seminar (1 credit)

      Get to know your peers by joining the Exercise Science Learning Community. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your school and build a good academic foundation.

      Department/College:

      College of Health and Human Sciences

      Community Opportunities:

      • Engage with faculty in the profession
      • Learn career opportunities for your major

       Who’s Eligible?

      Students pursuing Exercise Science major.

      Courses Included (Fall Semester)

      Introduction to Exercise Science (1 credit)

      Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)

      Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (1 credit)

      Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

      EXPLORE your career and major options! In our EXPLORE Learning Communities you will have the opportunity to learn about yourself, your interests, skills, and values and how they impact your career. You will also connect with an Akron Major Explorers (AME) Peer Mentor to learn about campus resources and fun things to do at UA!

      Department/College:

      Exploratory Advising and Academic Support

      Community Opportunities:

      • Explore majors and career pathways
      • Learn about career readiness and college success
      • Connect with student peer mentors (Akron Major Explorers)
      • Timely transition into degree-granting college

      Who’s Eligible?

      Students exploring and deciding between 2 or more majors.

      Courses Included (Fall Semester)

      Exploratory students will be placed into one of two EXPLORE Learning Community experiences by their academic advisor.

      EXPLORE #1

      Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

      EXPLORE #2

      Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

      Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

      The I PROMISE Zips Learning Community provides new students the opportunity to get connected with faculty, staff, and fellow peers early on in their Akron Experience. The community is designed to provide wrap around support for I PROMISE students and assist in getting students connected to The University of Akron community early on. In the spring, the focus shifts to building a legacy at UA and in the community. 

      Department/College:

      Student Success Center

      Community Opportunities:

      • Connection to a Peer Mentor from the Office of Multicultural Development
      • Participate in civic engagement opportunities designed to cultivate young emerging leaders
      • Built in study table support
      • Social events and networking opportunities 

      Who’s Eligible?

      Students who are participants from the I PROMISE School.

      Courses Included (Fall Semester)

      Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

      Intro to Public Speaking (3 credits)

      Academic Support (Weekly)

      Monthly I PROMISE Zips Network Socials 

      Courses Included (Spring Semester)

      Special Topic: Building Your Legacy through Career and Leadership (2 credits)

      Academic Support (Weekly)

      Monthly I PROMISE Zips Network Socials 

      Connect with your peers in Nursing! Join this large community of pre nursing students in the Nursing Learning Community. In this community, students have the ability to form study groups, build relationships, and get involved.

      Department/College:

      College of Health and Human Sciences

      Community Opportunities:

      • Interact with faculty and upperclassmen in nursing
      • Build a strong support system
      • Get connected with student organizations

      Who’s Eligible?

      Students pursing Nursing major.

      Courses Included (Fall Semester)

      There are multiple Nursing Learning Community experiences available. A student’s placement in one of the various Nursing experiences depends upon availability and also academic advisor recommended placement.

      Nursing #1

      Introduction to Nursing (1 credit)

      Special Topics (1 credit)

      Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)

      Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (1 credit)

      Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry (3 credits)

      Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)

      Nursing #2

      Introduction to Nursing (1 credit)

      Special Topics (1 credit)

      Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)

      Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (1 credit)

      Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry (3 credits)

      Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)

      Nursing #3

      Introduction to Nursing (1 credit)

      Special Topics (1 credit)

      Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry (3 credits)

      Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)

      Nursing #4

      Introduction to Nursing (1 credit)

      Special Topics (1 credit)

      Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)

      Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (1 credit)



      The Office of Academic and Retention Support (OARS) Learning Community is for students who want an opportunity to participate in a retention-based community and are a member of either the Choose Ohio First, Collegiate Success, or Akron Rises Program. Each student is assigned a peer mentor and a professional staff coordinator. The community is focused on helping incoming students develop and grow into scholars by helping them enhance their academic skills and facilitating engagement with the University Community.

      Department/College:

      Office of Academic and Retention Support (OARS) 

      Community Opportunities

      • Complete an Individual Success Plan with a Retention Coordinator
      • Meet with Peer Mentor weekly
      • Attend various social and cultural events
      • Scheduled academic progress checks to support students’ performance in the classroom
      • For students residing on campus, students will live together in the OARS Living-Learning Community.

      Who’s Eligible?

      Students who are selected as participants in the Choose Ohio First program, Collegiate Success, or Akron Rises program. Further information can be found here and you can contact OARS@uakron.edu for further information

      Courses Included

      Summer Semester

      For the summer, students will be enrolled in a math class and an elective class. In addition, student will participate in student success sessions and daily study tables.

      Fall Semester

      Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

      Spring Semester

      Special Topics: Make Your Mark - A leadership seminar (1 credits) 

      The PASSAGE Learning Community consists of two structured cohort (PASSAGE-I and PASSAGE-II) which are designed to promote the academic and social integration of minority students into The University of Akron.  The learning community allows students to develop a strong affiliation with the academic culture of the University, through collaborative and cooperative learning, while enhancing their technological skills. The PASSAGE Learning Community is designed for incoming first-year students of The University of Akron. After the first year, students typically complete 70 percent of their general education requirements. 

      Department/College:

      Office of Multicultural Development

      Community Opportunities:

      • Interact with faculty and leadership within the campus and greater Akron community
      • Connected with multicultural student organizations such as Student African American Brotherhood Association (SAAB), Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) UA Latinos on campus
      • Participate in a service learning projects in the greater Akron community
      • Participate in a Study Table program to promote academic success
      • Students participating in an Office of Multicultural Development learning community will be eligible to receive a $150 book scholarship for the Fall 2022 semester.

      Who’s Eligible?

      All majors are welcome for PASSAGE 1. Students who are interested in the hard sciences are eligible for PASSAGE 2.

      Courses Included (Fall Semester)

      PASSAGE I

      Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

      Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

      English Composition I (3 credits)

      Academic Support (Weekly)

      PASSAGE II

      Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

      English Composition I (3 credits)

      Academic Support (Weekly)

      Courses Included (Spring Semester)

      PASSAGE I

      Introduction to Sociology  (3 credits)

      English Composition II (3 credits)

      Academic Support (Weekly)

      PASSAGE II

      Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

      English Composition II (3 credits)

      Academic Support (Weekly)

      The Pre-Computing Learning Community provides support to students entering into the CIS field. During the fall semester, students will be required to participate in open lab and tutoring.

      Department/College:

      College of Engineering and Polymer Science

      Who’s Eligible?

      Students pursuing a major in either Networking, CISCO, or Programming and who have not completed CISBR Test.

      Courses Included (Fall Semester)

      Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

      Introduction to Computers and Application Software (3 credits)

      The Pre-Med Learning Community is focused towards Biology, Biomedical Science, or Biochemistry students who are serious about preparing for medical school. The community involves linked courses in Biology and Chemistry that are required first semester courses, and a course that introduces students to healthcare principles and practices. Within the healthcare course provides exposure to physicians and health care professionals from a variety of areas as well as practical information about the traditional and partnership pathways to medical school.

      Department/College:

      Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

      Community Opportunities:

      (1) Meet fellow pre-med students

      (2) Form study groups

      (3) Learn about different areas of medicine/healthcare from professionals in the field

      (4) Learn about the medical school application process/partnership programs

      Who’s Eligible?

      Direct Admit Biology, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry majors, and other majors with at least pre-calculus placement

      Courses Included (Fall Semester)

      Health-Care Delivery Systems (1 credit)

      Principles of Biology (4 credits)

      Principles of Biology Lab

      Principles of Chemistry (3 credits)

      Principles of Chemistry Lab (1 credit)

      Connect to the social issues YOU care about through experiential learning and community engagement. Ignite your passion and apply what you learn in the classroom to opportunities in the community to create solutions to some of today’s most difficult social challenges.

      Department/College:

      EX[L] Center for Experiential Learning 

      Community Opportunities:

      • Connect with passionate students from across campus who share your desire to tackle complex social issues.
      • Engage in coursework designed to examine social problems and their solutions from a transdisciplinary perspective*
      • Build in-demand job skills in creative and innovative thinking, communication, compassion, equity and justice, partnership building, and teamwork.
      • Meet community-engaged faculty from a variety of disciplines and get involved in community-based internships, research projects, and service opportunities.
      • Learn about Certificates that can enhance your UA degree like those in Applied Community Engagement and Social Justice & Conflict Transformation.
      • Grow your professional network by participating in EX[L]’s Akron Community Connectors
      • Access small grants to help fund your ideas for projects in the local community through EX[L] student-driven initiatives.
      • Experience a whole new side of the City of Akron!

      Who’s eligible?

      This interest-based Learning Community is open to all students in any major.

      Community Requirements

      Fall Semester:

      1. Enrollment in 3850:200 Social Justice*
      2. Attendance at the Learning Community orientation (Sept) and monthly meet ups (Oct/Nov)
      3. Attendance for at least 2 Learning Community speakers/events throughout the semester

      Spring Semester:

      1. Enrollment in 1920:300 Building Effective Community Partnerships; 1920:330 Working with Diverse Communities; and 1920:360 Assessment in Community Engagement**
      2. Attendance at the Learning Community monthly meet ups (Jan-April)
      3. Attendance for at least 1 Learning Community speakers/events throughout the semester
      4. Participation in the Akron Community Connectors Program (approx. 2-hour time commitment)
      5. Completion of Learning Community reflection survey

      This Learning Community is designed to provide a supportive environment for any woman student seeking a career in business or another related field. Topics will incorporate the impacts and challenges women face in the workplace, and strategies for leveraging strengths to achieve success.

      Department/College:

      College of Business 

      Community Opportunities:

      • Make connections with local women industry leaders from UA College of Business Advisory Boards and alumni network
      • Hear from special guest speakers on gender-related issues in the workplace
      • Includes membership in the Women in Business student organization
      • Sample class topics: Establishing a workplace presence, giving and receiving constructive feedback, navigating workplace bias, developing emotional intelligence, self-awareness

        Who’s Eligible?

        Any Incoming, first-year College of Business women.

        Courses Included (Fall Semester)

        Adaptive CBA Success Seminar (1 credit)

        The Women in Engineering Learning community is designed to provide a supportive environment for any woman seeking a degree in the field of engineering. The goal is to help students make the transition to college smooth and learn about various engineering career types. This community is led by a female engineer and inventor with significant industry knowledge. The community focuses on a variety of engineering topics and bridges connections with upper-class engineering students. 

        Department/College:

        College of Engineering and Polymer Science

        Community Opportunities:

        • Make connections with peers and receive support as you build your foundation in the College of Engineering and Polymer Science
        • Includes membership and first-year dues in the Society of Women Engineers student organization. 
        • For on campus students, students can reside together in the residence halls as a part of the Women in Engineering themed housing. The floor consists of fellow incoming engineering students and provides the opportunity easily create study groups or connect with upper-classmen resident assistants who are often engineering students. Interested students need only to express an interest within their housing contract. Spaces are limited. 

          Who’s Eligible?

          Any Incoming, first-year College of Engineering and Polymer Science women.

          Courses Included (Fall Semester)

          Women in Engineering  (1 credit)

          Intro to Public Speaking (3 credits)


          81%
          OF STUDENTS
          who participate in a learning community remain after their first year, which is significantly higher than students who did not participate in a learning community. infographic02

          "This experience really helped me understand the different subject areas. The most rewarding thing was I learned to take ownership of my learning. It is worth mentioning that I made friends through my first year learning community, which has been so helpful throughout my studies."
           
          - Ernest Williams

          For more information, please contact:
          Brandon A. Mikulski, M.A. Ed.
          Director, Learning Communities & Akron Experience
          330-972-5492 or bam64@uakron.edu