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Learning Communities: The Ultimate Living-Learning Experience

What are Learning Communities?

Learning Community— (noun) 1. a group of students residing in the same residential area, interacting academically and socially with each other and with faculty and sharing the same academic major, program or interest.

Learning Communities support students academic and social success.  How?

These communities enhance the residential experience at Elon by:

  • Uniting students around a shared purpose

  • Creating academic and social support network

  • Connecting faculty and students

  • Bridging in-class learning and out-of-class experience

  • Developing foundations of friendship and exchanges of knowledge

  • Creating dynamic, intentional and intimate learning-centered communities

“It’s not just a residence hall; it’s a family!”—SLC resident

“It is definitely a nice way to adjust to being in college—the people that live with you will encounter similar situations as you do, and it is nice to have that support system.”- Kathryn Olsen, Honors Floor

Elon’s Learning Communities

To learn more about Elon’s Living-Learning Communities click on the links below:

Learning Community Resources

To learn more about learning communities, download and our powerpoint presentation by clicking here.


To learn more about US News and World Report ranking Elon among the top 20 universities nationally for learning communities click here.

Why Live in a Learning Community?

Living in a Learning Community means you are automatically part of a community of students with shared interests and similar goals. 

Research shows Learning Communities increase:

•        Campus life involvement

•        Satisfaction with classes

•        Class participation

•        Academic performance

•        Appreciation of the arts

•        Group study time

"It makes the academic life at college so much easier by having people around you to support you because they too share the same goals."- Margaret Williams, Math, Science & Engineering Floor


Learning Community Activities

What happens in Learning Communities besides studying? Learning Communities offer a wide variety of opportunities and activities, including:

  • Trip to Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

  • Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

  • Indoor Rock Climbing

  • New American Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta

  • Community Service at local elementary schools

  • Mt. Pleasant, SC

  • Attending local basketball games

  • Dinners together at local restaurants

  • Movie nights

  • Bowling trip

Students had the chance to tour CNN, TheAtlantaJournal—Constitution, the World of Coke and Six FlagsAtlantaand speak with professionals and alumni in the broadcasting, journalism and corporate fields.”–Leah Kessler, Advisor



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