Living & Learning Communities
Fostering communities with the purpose of advancing the public good.
The LLCs are first-year programs that combine academic learning, residential life, and hands-on experiences. Through retreats, individual time with faculty and staff, engaging guest speakers, and opportunities to meaningfully connect with the larger community, these programs deepen your learning and establish lasting friendships.
Which community do you want to explore?
Foster cultural awareness and deepen your understanding of global interdependence.
Contribute to sustainable communities on campus and in Colorado.
Students Organizing Against Racism (S.O.A.R.)
Identify the institutional and systemic roots of racism in order to organize against it.
Engage and empower individuals and communities to promote comprehensive, holistic health and wellness.
Take action to become a powerful social change agent in your communities.
Every quarter, our students take seminar classes that relate to that theme. These classes are taught by DU professors and credits from these courses can be applied to relevant minors. Our programs include a collaborative learning environment, project-based learning, guest speakers, field trips, and engagement with the greater Denver community.
You'll live alongside a floor of students with similar interests and diverse experiences. Dedicated staff and faculty support and care about your success.
Gain exposure to new ideas that will broaden your worldview. Discover opportunities for research, internships, and future career connections to achieve your dreams.
Benefits of Participating in an LLC
- Built-in community of support
- Dedicated faculty & staff
- Networking opportunities
- Life-long friendships
- Activities that allow you to experience Denver and beyond
- Off-campus retreats
Learn more about the LLC Experience!
Questions You Might Still Have
Can I apply to multiple LLCs?
YES! We encourage this so you have a higher likelihood of acceptance. Please apply to all programs that interest you!
Do I have to pay extra to be in the Living and Learning Communities?
No! This program is FREE and adds value to your college experience.
Do I have to be a certain major to apply for an LLC?
No! Every community welcomes students from all majors, including undecided.
What is the time commitment and does an LLC do beyond the first year?
Every LLC requires your enrollment in a 2-credit hour weekly class each quarter. In addition, you are expected to participate in community-engaged learning and formal events throughout the quarter related to your LLC theme. You'll of course enjoy the spontaneous friendships and activities that emerge on the floor, adding to the many opportunities you have for social networking. There is no required coursework past the first year.
Do you have to be an international student to join the living and learning community?
No. Some of the students may be international, but many are from the United States. This community encourages anyone interested in exploring different cultures and international issues to apply.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission offers a variety of ways to visit campus, including in-person admitted student visits and virtual open house days. Click here to learn more about Admissions offerings and to register to visit DU's campus!
The Living and Learning Communities participated in this year's Virtual Open House. Please click here to watch the LLC webinar from this year's Virtual Open House.
We look forward to meeting you! Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions to LLCs@du.edu or to schedule an individual appointment.