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Living & Learning Communities

We encourage all residents to consider choosing one of our Living and Learning Community options! Each one of these communities caters to a specific interest or identity. Living and Learning Communities are designed for students to build connections with others while learning outside of the classroom. Research shows that students who are involved in Living and Learning Communities are more likely to feel supported and engaged in the university community, and are more likely to be successful. By 2022, every first year residential student will be a part of a Living and Learning Community. Click here to view where themed communities are located!

  • Army ROTC Floor

    • The UW Cowboy Battalion has become one of the premier Army ROTC programs in the nation. Army ROTC Cadets have an unparalleled experience as both students and future members of our military. Given the unique requirements of the ROTC program, students on this floor will have the opportunity to find a community that fits their specific needs. Programs and events will be geared towards Army ROTC interests, and will work to fit their unique schedule. In this environment, cadets will be able to connect, learn, and grow together as students, athletes, and future leaders.

  • Air Force ROTC Floor

    • Air Force ROTC Cadets have an unparalleled experience as both students and future members of our military. Given the unique requirements of the ROTC program, students on this floor will have the opportunity to find a community that fits their specific needs. Programs and events will be geared towards Air Force ROTC interests, and will work to fit their unique schedule. In this environment, cadets will be able to connect, learn, and grow together as students, athletes, and future leaders.

  • Engineering Community

    • The Engineering community provides additional support and resources for UW’s future engineers. Residents in this community will meet others with similar academic and career interests. Students will have access to faculty, tutors, and peer advisers in order to have additional academic support right where they live! Additionally, a convenient computer lab that is connected to the College of Engineering computer network is located within McIntyre Hall.

  • Female-Only/Male-Only Floors

    • Residents may request to live within a single-gender floor, allowing them the opportunity to build a strong community with others of their same gender. Students in these communities are able to find affinity and support from other residents. Programs and events will be planned based on resident needs, and may be focused on issues affecting their gender identity. Together, they work to establish an environment in which visitation and quiet hours policies are created using a community-standards approach.

  • First-Generation

    • The First-Generationcommunity is offered to students whose parents/legal guardians have not completed a 4 year degree (bachelors degree). First-generation students can face unique challenges, and this community aims to help students have a successful transition to college. Students who choose this community will have access to additional opportunities to learn about the university, interact with first-generation staff and faculty, and gain valuable skills and resources. This community will be housed in the Tobin House for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Health Sciences

    • The Health Sciences floor is a specialty community for students who are interested in pursuing a major or career related to health sciences (i.e. nursing, medicine, kinesiology, physical therapy, etc.).  While the Health Sciences floor is not a FIG (Freshman Interest Group), and does not have an in-class component, this floor is an opportunity for students interested in health sciences to network with one another and create a community of learners who share similar academic and career aspirations. Opportunities to learn about health science topics and study for courses in this field will be offered to residents.

  • Honors Community

    • The Honors House is home to our Honors Community here at UW. This space offers Honors students the opportunity to live and learn alongside one another to form a community of scholars. In conjunction with the Honors program, this community works to provide additional resources and support to Honors students. Programs and events are catered to student needs and interests. Residents work together to create standards for living in and caring for the Honors house. In addition to the Honors House, there is also the opportunity to live in the Residence Halls on a floor specifially for students enrolled in the Honors College.

  • Native American LLC

    • The Native American Living Learning Community is a cultural community offered to support Native students at the University of Wyoming in collaboration with the Native American Education Research and Cutural Center (NAERCC). While the Native American Living and Learning Community is not a FIG (Freshman Interest Group), the floor is an opportunity for Native students to network with one another and create a cultural and learning community within the residence halls. Residents will have the opportunity to engage in programs and events centered on the Native American community.

  • Sophomore/20+ Floor

    • Students in this community must be at least 20 years old, or at a sophomore standing at the time that their application is submitted. Students who choose to live on this floor will build a community of older students continuing in their college experience. These students will be offered programming to suit their specific needs that will be focused on continued success, graduation, and job acquisition. 

  • Spectrum

    • Spectrum is an living option for students who identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual), additional diverse sexualities and genders, as well as those who identify as allies (those who identify as supportive, welcoming, and inclusive of LGBTQIA+ community members). Students living in this community will have access to optional diversity learning opportunities, programs, and trainings. While all Resident Assistants are trained to create inclusive communities, the RAs of this community will have additional training and knowledge to best support students of all sexualities and genders. UW Residence Life & Dining Services is committed to ensuring that all residents feel welcome and safe to express themselves within our residence halls. We recognize that the Spectrum living environment may not be the best fit for everyone and encourage prospective residents to consider this option fully before selecting to live here.


Exploratory Studies

The Exploratory Studies program is for students that have not yet declared a major.  Students in the Exploratory Studies program are invited to join this Living Learning Community.  Students living in this community will make connections with ACES staff that will assist with active exploration, self-assessment and self-reflection throughout the academic year.  Students will have opportunities for out-of-classroom experiences that can help them explore different areas and degree programs on campus and in the community.  Resident Assistants for this community will be trained in helping students intentionally explore different areas, with the hope of discovering their path.  Living in the Exploratory Studies community will help guide students through specific exploratory experiences in order to feel confident about declaring their major.


Freshman Interest Groups

If you're a first-time freshman at UW, we invite you to join a Freshman Interest Group (FIG) where you'll take three or four sections of linked or clustered courses for a semester, while living on a 'designated' floor in the UW residence halls with other FIG students enrolled in the same course sections. FIGs are a friendly and fun way to begin life at UW. Instead of making your way through those first research papers, final exams, and study sessions alone, you'll be part of a community of learners, yet you'll maintain the flexibility to be independent too.

FIGs are generally designed to meet University Studies requirements, so even if you decide on a completely different major, most of the courses you've completed as part of the FIG will still satisfy courses required of all students as part of UW's general education program. Not sure what is right for you? Click here to explore the 2019 FIGS!

To learn more about Freshman Interest Groups click here.

 

 

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Phone: (307) 766-3175

Toll Free: (866) 653-0212

Email: reslife-dining@uwyo.edu

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