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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I enroll in a Learning Community?
How do I decide which Learning Community is best for me?
I am undecided about a major. Should I still think about participating in a Learning Community?
Does a Learning Community last the whole first year?
Can I take classes other than those in a Learning Community?
Do I have to live in the residence hall to be in a Learning Community?

Why should I enroll in a Learning Community?
 
  1. A Learning Community will help you

    •  Make a fast, smooth, and easy transition to UCM.
    •  Get to know people and make friends immediately.
    •  Develop a support network with other students, mentors and professors.
    •  Learn about majors and minors.
    •  Focus and invest your time and energy in ways designed to maximize your success.

  2. Students in Learning Communities typically earn higher first-semester grades, stay in college, and enjoy their overall university experience.

  3. A Learning Community will provide the opportunity to work with Peer Mentors.

    All of the Learning Communities have peer mentors (upper-division students) who work with students in the Freshman Seminar course. They provide a voice of experience and can help students with questions and problems during the first semester.
 
I am undecided about a major. Should I still think about participating in a Learning Community?
 

Absolutely! In fact, there are some Learning Communities just for students who are undecided about a major. All of the courses included in the Learning Communities will work toward satisfying the General Education requirements for graduation. Identify the Learning Communities that best fit your current interests or topics you want to explore.

 
Does a Learning Community last the whole first year?
 
The fall semester Freshman Learning Communities are designed to ensure a successful first semester at college. However, beginning in the spring of 2010, there are some second semester Learning Communities in response to student requests that the Communities continue through spring. In addition, many students in a first semester Learning Community do enroll in some of the same courses the next semester.
 
Can I take classes other than those in a Learning Community?
 
Yes. All students must be enrolled for 12 credit hours to be considered full time. A Learning Community usually includes only 6 or 7 of those hours. After selecting a Learning Community, you will be asked to select other courses you would like for the semester. Your academic advisor will register you for additional courses based on your preferences and academic background.  You will have the opportunity to adjust, modify and finalize your schedule during your Summer Orientation session.
 
Do I have to live in the residence hall to be in a Learning Community?
 
No. UCM's Freshman  Learning Communities are not residentially based. UCM does offer some special housing opportunities (SHIPS). For more information on SHIPS, click here.