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Living-Learning Communities

About Living-Learning Communities

Located throughout the University Housing residence halls, Living-Learning Communities provide the opportunity to become part of a unique experience, with programs and facilities to support the interests of the community members.

As a member of a Living-Learning Community, you'll have the chance to really get to know your instructors and develop strong friendships with your fellow students. Residents have access to many special resources, programs and activities, such as freshman orientation, seminars, tutors, mentoring programs, and smaller classes or reserved space in regular courses. In fact, many residence halls have classroom space located just a few steps from student rooms.

When you apply for housing, you can note your preference for one of the Living-Learning Communities. You will be asked to submit a short essay (100-250 words each) answering the following: Please describe what you hope to gain from living in the Living-Learning Community and what you plan to contribute to the Living-Learning Community.

LLC Courses

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Program Descriptions

Global Crossroads   

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This community is intended to challenge and motivate students whose interests, experiences, and aspirations have a strong international component, including students planning international majors/minors, interested in international internships, study abroad or international work or service. Global Crossroads opened in Fall 2000 and accommodates about 110 students on two floors in Saunders Hall, Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls. The community includes students from countries all around the world, and includes degree-seeking, transfer and exchange students. Global Crossroads is an excellent environment for international students to experience the United States college culture.

The program staff include a faculty director, program coordinator, hall director, and resident advisors who assist with the development of on-site courses and specially designed programs and activities emphasizing cross-cultural interaction with both intellectual and social dimensions.

The community provides access to international cable channels and international publications. The hall remains open during University breaks (Thanksgiving, winter and spring).

Health Professions

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The Health Professions Living-Learning Community brings together students pursuing careers in medicine, nursing, physical or occupational therapy, and related professions in a dynamic, engaging environment. This residential community combines elements to foster exploration of working with traditionally underserved populations (urban, disadvantaged, rural, elderly, and international) through courses, programming, services, and connections to campus and community resources. This community will accommodate approximately 110 students on two floors in Oglesby Hall.

Health Sciences programming and support services help residents gain valuable experience with faculty and staff in their chosen fields of study, even while making progress on general education requirements. Residents experience extensive relevant volunteer and community service opportunities as they prepare to contribute to society as future health professionals.

Innovation LLC

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Located in the Illinois Street Residence Halls, Innovation LLC provides you with resources that can help to make your creative and entrepreneurial dreams a reality. The program includes on-site classes and workshops with faculty and area business leaders revolving around the themes of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Garage, a dedicated work space within the community, is available for use by residents as they develop their new businesses and projects. On-site staff members are also available to assist residents as they navigate the ample entrepreneurial and creative resources on the University of Illinois campus and within the Champaign-Urbana community.

First-year Innovation LLC residents are required to take the course TE 298 - Introduction to Innovation.

Created as a partnership between University Housing and the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC), Innovation LLC staff actively connect students with the many opportunities that are available through TEC, including competitions, workshops, and events. For more on what TEC has to offer, you can visit their website at


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Whether your major is business, biology, sociology, or architecture, being able to engage with others of diverse backgrounds is an asset that doesn’t begin and end in the classroom. With this in mind, Intersections opened in 2004 to provide 120 students with a living experience where they could find deeper ways to talk about race and culture, more fully understand different life experiences and points of view, and learn to live in a diverse community.

Students have the opportunity to enroll in on-site courses focusing on cultural diversity and to participate in programs planned by students, faculty and staff, and outside guests. Program staff members include a program coordinator, hall director, resident advisors, and multicultural advocates. This community is located in Babcock Hall in the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls (PAR).

Leadership Education through Academic Development and Service (LEADS)

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This community is designed to provide students with a residential experience based on the Illinois philosophy of leadership that focuses on self-development, communication skills, project and program effectiveness, and group dynamics. The program helps students identify, develop and practice their leadership skills.

The community opened in fall 2000 and is located in Hopkins Hall in the Ikenberry North neighborhood. The approximately 140 students share opportunities to enroll in courses, and participate in programs planned by students, faculty and staff, and outside professionals. Program staff include a program coordinator, hall director and resident advisors.

Students interested in LEADS do not need to have held a formal leadership role in any organization. Participation is encouraged from any student who wishes to be part of an energetic community committed to making a difference.


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Sustainability is a living-learning community that welcomes students to live and learn about diverse aspects of sustainability in a variety of ways: academically, organically, and experientially. Located on two floors in the Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls, students with similar interests and intents from a range of different backgrounds are invited to experience this new community, where opportunities abound to learn not only from professionals, but from each other and from shared experiences.

Unit One  

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Unit One, in Allen Residence Hall, provides a small-college environment with a creative and intellectually stimulating atmosphere in a strong community setting. Unit One was established in 1971 and now has 650 residents who come from all majors and colleges.

Unit One features about 80 credit-granting courses in the residence hall, many of which fulfill General Education requirements. Students in Unit One have access to private music lessons; in-house arts facilities such as a ceramics lab, photography darkroom, electronic music composition studio, and digital video studio; and courses in the arts such as graphic design, drawing, photography, digital video editing, electronic music composition, and ceramics.

Unit One offers a variety of workshops, performances, field trips, and volunteer activities and is home to dozens of student-led groups.  Unit One also hosts about eight Guests-in-Residence per year who live in Allen Hall for one- or two-week visits. Staff includes a Program Director, Academic Coordinator, student program advisors, regular faculty, and teaching assistants who all have office space in the hall.

Weston Exploration

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Weston Hall, in the Ikenberry North neighborhood, is home to the Exploration Living-Learning Community. Weston Exploration opened in fall 1997 with the mission to bring together classroom and living experiences to provide opportunities for students to discover areas of interest and abilities and how they relate to academic majors and careers. Students entering Liberal Arts and Sciences General Curriculum may find Weston Exploration a particularly supportive and stimulating environment in which to begin their Illinois experience. Weston students from all majors can utilize the resources to identify and prepare for careers.

Approximately 475 students are members of the Exploration community. Program staff include a program coordinator, hall director, resident advisors, academic advisors, counselors, and career counselors who all work on-site to provide classes, individual and small group activities designed to help students learn about themselves and campus resources.

An additional fee is added to the room and board rate to support the special programs and activities.

Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE)

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The WIMSE community was established in fall 1996 to provide a supportive environment for undergraduate female students in a mathematics, science or engineering curriculum. The community is now home to approximately 135 students in Trelease Hall, Florida Avenue Residence Halls. WIMSE provides an active academic and social network designed to ease student transition to the university and facilitate student academic success.

Program staff include a program coordinator, hall director, resident advisors, and tutors. WIMSE students have a computer lab on each floor, a resource center, on-site courses, and seats held in high-demand courses in their curricula. Students interact with faculty and professionals as part of the WIMSE dinner series, and participate in a variety of activities to increase awareness of campus resources, including research and internship opportunities.

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