Living Learning Communities at Elon

Learning Communities are groups 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.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Elon University‚Äôs LLCs #1 in the nation. Learn more about Elon’s LLC program.

LLCs enhance the residential experience at Elon by:

  • Uniting students around a shared purpose and interest
  • 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 and intimate learning-centered communities

Outdoor Learning Community

Join other first-year students who are passionate about the natural world, interested in learning more about ways to engage in outdoor pursuits, and curious to grow their skills.

The Outdoor Learning Community (OLC) is a group of first-year students who share a common interest in outdoor education/adventure-based activities. Students in the OLC live in first-floor Virginia, a residence hall located in Elon’s Historic Neighborhood. As a member of the OLC, you’ll participate in a variety of adventure-based activities, both on and off campus. You’ll develop relationships with other students, faculty, and staff who share common interests and learn more about pathways to become involved at Elon.

The OLC fosters an environment of supportive leadership where members of the OLC are empowered to take ownership of their experience. There are opportunities for formal leadership roles depending on the experiences the group would like to undertake (students leading efforts in organizing logistics for expedition trips, prepping food for camping trips, etc) and many other informal leadership development experiences. Members of the OLC also have the ability to develop relationships with student leaders from across campus.

Join the OLC

Visit the Residence Life Web site for more details about the OLC and to apply through the online housing application. Entrance is by application and requires a short essay.

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