Living Learning Communities

To support Wayne State University's Learning Community Initiative, Housing and Residential Life will enhance resident's experience by supporting residential living-learning communities that are dynamic and focused on shared educational interests. Housing and Residential Life will partner with academic units to develop and sustain these communities, providing the opportunity to further Student Success at Wayne State University.

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at Wayne State University cover a wide range of interests for students and the community. LLCs can be connected to specific academic programs, around a particular issue or interest, or be themed from a broader range of synergistic interests. Some LLCs may involve required classes or majors, while others are open to students interested in a particular lifestyle or topic. Explore below and find the right LLC for you!

Why join an LLC?

LLCs are designed to enrich the residential experience for students and connect academic and extracurricular involvement. Students in LLCs enjoy:

  • More interactions with faculty, staff, and other student leaders
  • Closer connections with faculty members
  • Increased sense of community at WSU
  • High satisfaction with their residential experience
  • Greater content knowledge in their LLC topic

How to apply for an LLC

Students interested in applying for a Living Learning Community (LLC) should follow these steps:

  1. Explore our options for Living Learning Communities and review the eligibility
  2. Submit a housing application through the online self-service portal
  3. Select your LLC interest
  4. Answer the questions
  5. Submit your housing application + complete the housing application fee

From there, the LLC Coordinator for the LLC you applied for will review your application and be in contact with you. If you are selected, your LLC Coordinator will make a room selection for you.

Students that are in LLCs do not participate in the self-selection process due to the specificity of where LLCs are. If you apply for an LLC and have questions about your application, please reach out to the LLC Coordinator for the community.

Interested in creating an LLC?

Faculty, staff, and students interested in creating or suggesting a new LLC should reach out to Katie Turner (ge3152@wayne.edu), the Academic Initiatives Coordinator for the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

The process for new LLCs for 2020-2021 has closed, but ideas and planning for 2021-2022 are welcome.

2020-21 Communities

  • Creative Warriors Community

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    The Creative Warriors Living Learning Community (LLC) is a place where you can EXPLORE, ENGAGE, and GROW during your first year as a WSU Creative Warrior in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts!

    EXPLORE – Monthly social, cultural and community service events on campus and throughout the city of Detroit!

    ENGAGE – Meet fellow students in the college, get to know faculty on a new level and hear from VIPs such as alumni, the Dean and more!

    GROW – Become an interdisciplinary student by learning from peers and experts in Art, Communication, Dance, Music and Theatre!

    Eligibility for the Creative Warriors LLC:

    • First-year student to Wayne State for Fall 2020
    • Pursuing a major in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus

    Requirements for joining the Creative Warriors LLC: ·

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select the Creative Warriors Living Learning Community (LLC)
    • Live on the Creative Warriors LLC floor in the Atchison Hall
    • Continue to pursue a CFPCA major during the 2020-2021 academic year
    • Follow the Creative Warriors LLC Agreement on the CFPCA LLC application

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Creative Warriors LLC, please email Erin Wiseman at gl9283@wayne.edu.

  • Engineering Community

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    Small community, big time opportunity

    The Engineering Living Learning Community (ELLC) is an opportunity for first year Engineering and Computer Science students to live and learn together. You will be surrounded by your peers who are in similar classes and majors as you are. This unique arrangement allows for easy group study, collaboration on class projects, and mentorship from a Resident Advisor who is an upper-level Engineering student.

    Advantages to joining the Engineering LLC:

    • Special Priority advising events from an Engineering advisor
    • Access to ELLC only events, such as Lunch with the Dean
    • Workshops that provide information about careers and student organization opportunities
    • Relaxing living environment with other students who are focused on excelling in their engineering coursework

    Eligibility for the Engineering LLC:

    • First year student to Wayne State for Fall 2020 (*second year students may be eligible based on space and availability)
    • Majoring in Engineering, Computer Science, or Engineering Technology
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus

    Requirements for joining the Engineering LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select the Engineering Living Learning Community (LLC)
    • Live on the Engineering LLC floor in Atchison Hall
    • Continue to pursue an Engineering, Computer Science, or Engineering Technology major during the 2020-2021 academic year
    • Follow the Engineering LLC Agreement on the LLC application

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Engineering LLC, please email Casey Rue at dx5983@wayne.edu.

  • Global Community

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    The Global Living Learning Community (Global LLC) provides the opportunity for Wayne State University students to live in on-campus housing with other students from diverse cultural backgrounds and various countries. Residents will be able to interact with students from all over the world through programming, conversational partners, and sharing a living common space. This community is a dynamic place for students to enhance their intercultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Global LLC students live in Towers Residential Suites.

    Advantages of joining the Global LLC:

    • Small group mentoring and 1:1 attention from Peer Mentor and RA
    • Specialized programming and activities geared towards the Global LLC
    • Meeting students with similar interests to create a bond and community on campus

    Eligibility for the Global LLC:

    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus
    • The Global LLC will accept 36 students into the program

    Requirements for joining the Global LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Global Living Learning Community
    • Live on the Global LLC floor in Towers Residential Suites
    • Follow the Global LLC agreement in the Global LLC application

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Global LLC, please email Gabby Strzalkowski at hf5103@wayne.edu

  • Honors Community

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    The Honors College Living Learning Community (LLC) aims to provide honors students with a unique on-campus living experience. Honors students will actively be engaged with faculty, academic advisors, honors peer mentors, and other students. Focused interactions will assist Honors students in better navigating their academics as well as other social and cultural aspects of the WSU experience. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Honors LLC will be located in Atchison Hall.

    Advantages of joining the Honors LLC:

    • Honors peer mentoring
    • On-site academic advising
    • Increased student/faculty interactions
    • Special workshops from WSU faculty and staff
    • Networking opportunities

    Eligibility for the Honors LLC:

    • Current member of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College
    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus

    Requirements for joining the Honors LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Honors Living Learning Community
    • Live on the Honors LLC floor in Atchison Hall
    • Continue to pursue Honors during the 2020-2021 academic year
    • Follow the Honors LLC agreement in the Honors LLC application

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Honors LLC, please email Rachel Pawlowski at fg6313@wayne.edu.

  • Warrior Business Community

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    Big university, small community

    Start building your network now as a resident of the Mike Ilitch School of Business Warriors Business Community.

    The Warriors Business Community (WBC) offers an opportunity for a cohort of business students to live, learn and develop professional connections together right here on Wayne State's main campus in the heart of Midtown Detroit. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the WBC will be located in Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments.

    The WBC encourages community involvement, supports academic success and provides a fun atmosphere for students to form lasting relationships with other future professionals, as well as current business leaders throughout metro Detroit.

    Advantages to joining the WBC LLC:

    • Onsite advising and planning
    • Academic and professional workshops
    • Improv training to improve decision-making skills
    • Study groups and tutoring
    • Peer support from upper-level business students
    • Increased student/faculty interaction
    • Service-learning opportunities
    • Friendly competitions and contests
    • Networking events
    • Job shadowing and company tours

    Incentives for fall 2020 first-year students:

    The first 40 Illitch School fall 2020 first-year students to join the WBC LLC will receive:

    • $100 awarded toward tuition and fees at the end of the Fall 2020 semester for meeting the following requirements:
      • Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours during the Fall 2020 semester toward a business major and achieved a minimum 2.25 overall grade point average
      • Attended a minimum of four WBC events
      • Met with an advisor in the Ilitch Business School Career Planning and Placement
    • $100 awarded toward tuition and fees at the end of the Winter 2021 semester for meeting the following requirements:
      • Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours during the Winter 2021 semester toward a business major and achieved a minimum 2.25 overall grade point average
      • Attended a minimum of four WBC events
      • Attended a minimum of one event sponsored by the Ilitch School Career Planning and Placement Office
    • SPECIAL INCENTIVE: Students who earned both the Fall 2020 $100 incentive AND the Winter 2021 $100 incentive AND achieved a minimum overall 3.00 GPA, after both the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters, will receive $250 toward tuition and fees for the Fall 2021 semester.

    **Please note: Institution funds such as the Warrior, Gold, or WSU Promise awards are funded in part by this scholarship offer. If received, this award may replace or reduce these funds or other institutional dollars. In addition, the sum of all aid cannot exceed the financial aid cost of attendance. If you are concerned with how this scholarship may affect your Scholarships and/or Financial Aid, you must contact the Financial Aid office.

    Eligibility for the WBC LLC:

    • Current member of the Warrior Business College

    Requirements for joining the Warrior Business Community LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Warrior Business Community Living Learning Community
    • Live on the Warrior Business Community LLC floor in Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments with a WBC assigned roommate
    • Follow the Warrior Business Community LLC agreement in the Warrior Business Community LLC application

    If you have questions about being part of the WBC LLC, please contact Heather Laskos at am7221@wayne.edu.

  • Warrior VIP

    What is your vision?

    The Wayne State University Warrior Vision and Impact Program (Warrior VIP) is a comprehensive student support program and learning community. In partnership with other learning communities and departments across the University, the Warrior VIP ensures students' successful transition into college, fosters their positive engagement in the university setting and prepares students to challenge themselves as leaders beyond graduation. Warrior VIP LLC students are part of a community of learners who thrive intellectually and personally while living together in Atchison Hall.

    Advantages to joining the Warrior VIP LLC:

    • Pre-college Sessions and the Momentum Summer Experience 
    • Peer Mentors 
    • First-Year Seminar (FYS) 1010: FYS 1010 Learning with the Brain in Mind 
    • VIP Panel Discussion and Speaker Series 
    • Financial Literacy and Education 

    Eligibility for the Warrior VIP LLC:

    • Planning to live in a residence hall on campus
    • Must be part of the Warrior Vision and Impact Program

    Requirements for joining the Warrior VIP LLC:

    • Complete the WSU Housing application and select Warrior VIP Living Learning Community
    • Live on the Warrior VIP LLC floor in Atchison Hall
    • Follow the Warrior VIP LLC agreement in the LLC application

    Making an impact:

    VIP students from the initial 2017 class were retained into their third year at a rate of 80%, compared to 69% for the cohort overall. The retention rate was 82% for VIP students who completed FYS 1010 during their first semester. Black students who took FYS 1010 during their first semester were retained into their third year at a rate of 83%. This is particularly significant as we address educational disparities and work to eliminate our graduation gap. 

    Learn more about the Warrior Vision and Impact Program here.

    If you have any questions about becoming part of the Warrior VIP LLC, please email Kenya Swanson at ae4082@wayne.edu or Dwight McDonald at el7643@wayne.edu.