Learning Communities

What is a Learning Community?

Learning community students laughing and smiling
  • LC cohorts are composed of 19 students who share a common interest or major.
  • Students are co-enrolled in a first year seminar and two to four additional courses (usually Core Curriculum courses).
  • Participants have a supportive environment to help ease the transition to college life and college-level academics.
  • Students network with peer educators, staff members, and faculty members.
  • Click on the "Digital Brochure" button on the right to see a list of available LCs.

What is a Residential Learning Community (RLC)? 

Learning Communities group picture
Learning Communities group picture
  • RLCs have all of the benefits of LCs as described above.
  • Participants live together on campus and learn alongside students with similar interests.
  • Students become more acquainted with campus resources through social and educational activities.
  • Students have opportunities to connect classroom experiences with residential life.
  • Click here to learn more about living-learning communities (RLCs). Or visit aub.ie/rlc.

What are the benefits? 

Learning community students studying on the green
  • Build relationships with faculty and staff members.
  • Learn more about your major or interest.
  • Receive invaluable guidance and support from FYS instructors and peer instructors.
  • Create study groups with fellow LC students.
  • See familiar faces in some of your larger classes.
  • No additional cost to participate.

How do I join? 

Two learning community students sitting and talking
  • Applications are accepted each spring for the next fall semester.
  • Sign up online via AU Access.
    • Application is available in AU Access > Self Services > Learning Community Application. 
  • Apply beginning in late March. See list of important dates on the right.
  • You will indicate your top three LC preferences on the application.
  • Students are selected for learning communities based on a lottery system that will be conducted late spring.