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Which Living-Learning Community will you choose?

Living-learning communities (LLC) offer unique living and learning opportunities to campus residents. Research shows LLC students have higher cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) and increased interaction with faculty. At Virginia Tech, we offer four types of living-learning communities so that you can choose the best fit for you. Read on to learn how participating in a living-learning community can help you make the most of your time at Virginia Tech.  Once you figure out which LLC(s) appeal to you, click "Apply" to complete up to two applications.  The priority deadline for applying is May 1, however many communities will accept applications as late as July.  Email  livinglearning@vt.edu with any questions for the living-learning communities team!

July 18 2014 Update: The Residential Leadership Community and Da Vinci Community are no longer accepting applications. 

Limited space exists in all other LLCs. Apply today!


What Are They?

Academic Major Learning Community:

Academic major learning communities bring together students pursuing a common professional field such as engineering or biological and life sciences. The majority of the participants are first-year students. Students are encouraged to continue living in the community serving in various leadership roles and creating a multigenerational living environment.

VT inVenTs

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inVenTs - The Engineering and Sciences Community


The inVenTs Living-learning community brings together students from all academic levels providing a multidisciplinary environment that enables students to explore their ability to innovate and create the future. Students who elect to reside in the inVenTs community have access to a wide range of professional, academic, and personal growth activities that are proven to promote success. Faculty interact with community members sharing their knowledge and expertise. Participants from industry work within the community hosting design competitions and sharing their knowledge of the workplace. Upper-class students have the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles within the communities, with the option to live in the community multiple years.

The community is home to Studio 1 and 2, unique spaces within the residence hall that provide access to design, create and presentations tools, including a 3-D printer, laser cutters, and a media center for creating posters and presentations. Innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial students will love living in inVenTs!

The four Academic Major Learning Communities housed within the inVenTs Living-learning community are: Curie Learning Community, Galileo Engineering Community, Hypatia Engineering Community, and Da Vinci Living Learning Community.

LLC Curie
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Curie Learning Community


The Curie Learning Community, located in Lee Hall, is an interactive-learning environment designed to promote academic success and engagement with the scientific process and community. Students majoring in the physical and quantitative sciences in the College of Science are eligible to be residents. Those majors are chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics and statistics.

All Curie Learning Community participants live together, creating a conductive environment for group studying and social interaction. All members will be enrolled in common sections of chemistry, physics and mathematics.

LLC Hypatia
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Hypatia Women in Engineering Learning Community


The Hypatia Women in Engineering Learning Community, located in Lee Hall, brings together female engineering students in a residential environment to provide encouragement and support in pursuing a career in engineering. First-year college students can apply to live in the community and are encouraged remain in the community beyond their first year.

The Hypatia program is a full academic year commitment. Participants are required to enroll in a fall-semester seminar course that meets twice per week. Class topics include professional development, academic success strategies, diversity, personal development and exploring critical issues surrounding women's roles in predominately male fields. Student leadership is developed through community service projects that involve encouraging pre-college students to learn about engineering. Students are also block scheduled together in their first semester classes, providing an environment that complements their residential activities. During the spring semester, students are offered opportunities to continue building relationships with their peers and the Virginia Tech community.

Hypatia is sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity within the College of Engineering.

LLC Da Vinci
LLC Da Vinci


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Da Vinci: The Biological and Life Sciences Learning Community


Founded as the Biological and Life Sciences Community, Da Vinci, located in Lee Hall, is an interactive-learning environment designed to help students succeed in first-year science courses including general chemistry and principles of biology. Students majoring in animal and poultry science, biology sciences (general biosciences), dairy science, food science and technology, human nutrition, foods and exercise (HNFE), wildlife science, environmental science, and agricultural science are eligible to apply for admission to this community.

All participants live together, forming a creative environment for group studying and social interaction. All members will be enrolled in a one-credit hour seminar each semester that will focus on college success skills and life science careers. Members will also enroll in a General Chemistry lecture and lab and a Principles of Biology lecture.

LLC Galileo
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Galileo Engineering Learning Community for Men


Galileo is located on the sixth and seventh floors of Lee Hall. It focuses on issues that engineers face in the growing competitive marketplace. First-year college students can apply to live in the community and are encouraged remain in the community beyond their first year. The Galileo program is a full academic year commitment. Participants are required to enroll in a fall-semester seminar course that meets twice per week. Class topics include professional development, academic success strategies, diversity and personal development. Student leadership is developed through community service projects that involve encouraging pre-college students to learn about engineering. Students are also block scheduled together in their first semester classes, providing an environment that complements their residential activities. During the spring semester, students are offered opportunities to continue building relationships with their peers and the Virginia Tech community. Galileo is sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity.

Enhanced-Learning Communities:

Enhanced-learning communities explore a specific area of interest (e.g., service learning or leadership) through academic courses and co-curricular experiences. These communities are open to students of any academic major.

LLC SERVE

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SERVE


Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences (SERVE) is a living-learning community where students actively live out Virginia Tech’s motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) on the hall, in the classroom, and in the surrounding community. Students take a SERVE-specific section of LDRS 1015-1016 Exploring Citizen Leadership while also doing a variety of community service activities throughout the region. There are also significant opportunities for SERVE-led immersion trips (domestically and abroad) and students are encouraged to work with specific organizations aligned with individual passions to satisfy service-learning components of the program. For those interested, there are also leadership opportunities for continued involvement beyond the first year including the ability to pursue the Leadership and Social Change Minor.

SERVE is a signature program of VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative and is a partnership with the Department of Housing and Residence Life. SERVE is housed within Prichard Hall though SERVE students quickly find themselves calling both Pritchard Hall and the beautiful New River Valley their home as they live, learn, and serve throughout the region surrounding Virginia Tech.

LLC Hillcrest
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Hillcrest Community


The Hillcrest Community, located in Hillcrest Hall, is a four-year, live-in residential honors program for students who have demonstrated superior academic ability. Students come from every academic college at Virginia Tech.

Students are nominated to participate based upon a review of the honors applications and are invited to join by a selection committee. Each student must participate in a two-hour colloquium each semester. Special events of academic, intellectual and social interest are planned each semester. Interested students are encouraged to discuss the community with University Honors Program staff members.

LLC Morrill
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Morrill Community


As Virginia Tech’s newest living-learning community, Morrill serves to foster students’ interest in sustainability. Students from any major will work with faculty, staff, community partners to think about sustainability through experiential learning and civic participation. In addition, students will be connected to local, regional, and global sustainability efforts.

Virginia Tech offers a tremendous amount of support for learning about sustainability. Countless academic and administrative areas on campus are involved in the study of sustainability, and the Morrill community will provide a gateway for students to become engaged in all that VT has to offer!

LLC Corps
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Corps of Cadets


The first and oldest living learning community at Virginia Tech, the corps’ goal is to graduate leaders of character who are dedicated to the university’s motto, Ut Prosim, “That I May Serve.” There is both a citizen-leader and military-leader track for students in the corps. Students gain hands on leadership skills in both the classroom and in cadet life in a 24-hour-per-day, 7-days-per-week leadership laboratory. Cadets study leadership, learn from experts, and practice what they have been taught while leading the over 1,000-member Corps of Cadets.

Cadets repeatedly achieve great success at Virginia Tech. Four cadets have been named the University Man of the Year. Cadets have won eight of the last nine University Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year awards, and recently, the #1 graduate from Marine Corps Officer Candidate School was a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. The corps as a whole was also awarded the Governor’s 2009 Volunteerism and Community Service Award and each of the past two years has volunteered over 10,000 hours in the local community.

LLC Thrive
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Thrive


Hey Hokie… get connected!  Thrive is a small community that gets student connected and involved on a big campus.  In Thrive, students start out learning about themselves, building relationships with hall mates, and discovering all of the awesome opportunities Virginia Tech has to offer!

Students in Thrive enjoy a strong community atmosphere with a strengths-driven philosophy (using StrengthsQuest™) that helps students discover their inherent talent and then teaches them how to use that talent to benefit academics, careers, involvements, and more!  Returning students and university faculty/staff help new students bolster their academic engagement and find the best ways to have a complete, Hokie experience during the first year of college.

LLC RLC
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Residential Leadership Community


The Residential Leadership Community (RLC) is an academic leadership studies and development program maintained through a collaborative effort of the Division of Student Affairs, the University Honors Program, The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research and the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. It is a one or two-year program and gives students the option to complete a minor in Leadership and Social Change.

The curriculum of the RLC teaches comprehensive historical and social leadership theories while developing communication, leadership and group skills specific to individual students' majors and career goals.

Located in Peddrew-Yates Hall, a co-ed residence hall, the RLC is open to individuals from all majors. The small and close-knit community encourages responsibility, diversity and growth through service learning and is conducive to a productive study environment.

LLC Innovate
LLC Innovate

Innovate


The Innovate Living-Learning Community (LLC) is committed to high-performing students in a high-energy learning environment. The entrepreneurial focus of Innovate offers an opportunity for students in a wide variety of majors to gain insights into the entrepreneurial process, interact with successful entrepreneurs, and learn from Virginia Tech faculty and community partners with expertise in areas related to entrepreneurship.

Do you have an idea for a startup? Are you really curious about the entrepreneurial process? Or, do you just want to be a part of a collaborative environment of innovators? In any case, Innovate students will experience Virginia Tech in a unique and exciting way, pushing their imaginations to the limit, and inspiring the Hokie community to dream big and actualize its innovative potential!

Residential Colleges:

Virginia Tech's residential colleges are multigenerational and multidisciplinary and host first-year, sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students from a full range of academic backgrounds. The residential colleges are led by a live-in faculty principal and a student life coordinator from the Division of Student Affairs, as well as a host of faculty and staff Fellows who mentor students.


Members of the residential colleges are expected to participate in governance, budget management, event planning and student conduct. Curious and engaged students will love living in one of our residential colleges. Students may elect to live in a residential college for as many as four years.

LLC East AJ

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Honors Residential College at East Ambler Johnston


The Honors Residential College is a community of faculty, staff, and students who share a deep intellectual curiosity. This program fashioned after a traditional residential college model offers first-year through senior-level university honors students and graduate students an interdisciplinary opportunity to capitalize on the rich history and tradition of Virginia Tech while living and learning with faculty and students in a unique and intentional environment. The HRC is led by two live-in faculty principals and is supported by over thirty faculty, staff, and community members.

LLC West AJ

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Residential College at West Ambler Johnston


The Residential College at West Ambler Johnston connects students to faculty, administrators, staff, and fellow students. Members participate in a variety of academic and social activities. The goal is to create a sense of community and tradition that fosters an environment where students know and are known. Led by a live-in Faculty Principal, the Residential College at West AJ is divided into four smaller communities called “houses.” Each house is led by a live-out Associate Faculty Principal and a live-in Graduate Residential Fellow.
Themed Housing:

Themed housing offers students with common interests the opportunity to live together. Residents are encouraged to create a community by engaging in shared activities. These programs are open to first-year through senior-level students.

LLC World

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The World


Located in Newman Hall, the World offers a unique living experience for both international and domestic students. This housing option is designed to foster community as well as provide a home-away-from-home during university break periods.

The World is designed to allow students to live in a cross-cultural setting. Special programs such as language conversation groups, the International Friendship Host program, foreign films and international cooking are some of the activities which may enhance your living experience.

Many students do not go home during university break periods (Thanksgiving break, winter break and spring break). The World allows you to remain in your room during break periods for a nominal fee, saving you the expense of flying home or finding a temporary place to live. Newman Hall is close to the library and downtown Blacksburg, making it an excellent choice for those who do not have cars.

A modified kitchen with cooking and dining space is available throughout the year so that you may prepare special meals (all residents are still required to have a dining plan). This kitchen will also be available for use during periods when the dining centers are closed.

LLC Oak Lane

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Oak Lane Community


The Oak Lane community has 18 buildings that house fraternities and sororities at the edge of the Virginia Tech campus. Each group leases its building from the university to use the space for living and programming initiatives. In addition, residents pay for their room and a dining plan. The community is located in the northwest sector of campus beyond the overflow parking as you turn off of Duckpond Drive. Recreational fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts and a central outdoor pavilion are also located in the Oak Lane Community.

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The Wellness Environment for Living and Learning


The WELL program, located in Newman Hall, includes a student-run community board that you can join to gain valuable leadership experience and learn important practical skills. Community board committees include:
  • Standards Committee: decides what guidelines (in addition to university policies) that members of the WELL will live by
  • Programs Committee: gains practical experience in leadership, teamwork, time management and other valuable skills as you work with others to develop programs, activities and resources for the good of the community
  • Public Relations Committee: gains practical experience in public relations, marketing and advertising of programs and activities, developing newsletters, and maintaining the WELL student website