Bradley Learning Community residents pose for a photo during a roundtable dinner

Learning Communities

Elevate Your Wisconsin Experience

Residents of Barnard talking and studying

Designed to enhance and connect your experience both inside and outside the classroom, learning communities are the best of both worlds — the resources of a top research university combined with the intimate community feel of a small liberal arts college. By living in these communities, you’ll be surrounded by friends who share your interests, making it easier to relate what you learn in classes to your future career and putting you on the fast track to success.

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Why Join a Learning Community?

  • Opportunity to choose your room before other new students
  • Exclusive special events, for-credit seminars, and activities built around your interests
  • Co-sponsored by UW-Madison Schools and Colleges
  • Open to students of any major — focus on your major or explore subjects to find your path
  • Additional staff to help residents succeed:
    • Faculty Directors: professors that provide leadership, discussion, and networking outside classes and office hours
    • Program Coordinators: full-time professional staff who oversee communities, plan events, and assist with career advising and academic support
    • Peer Mentors: students who previously lived in a learning community who provide education, recreation, and support to new residents
  • Your level of involvement is completely up to you

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Seminars & Classes

Each learning community offers a for-credit seminar only available to residents in that community. The seminar is related to the topic that the community focuses on, so participating in the seminar is a great way to learn more while taking a class with friends you’ve made.

Participation Level

Each learning community has different expectations. All encourage you to participate so you can make the most of your experience. Regardless of which type of participation level is asked of you, seminars are a great way to become more involved with your learning community. They introduce you to your neighbors, facilitate conversations on the topic area, and are an easy and rewarding way to earn academic credit.

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How to Join a Learning Community

  1. Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
  2. Prioritize learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  3. You may be invited to choose your room during learning community room selection

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Tour a Learning Community

Note: learning community tours at UW-Madison have been temporarily suspended to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus on our campus. Tours are tentatively scheduled to reopen in mid-April.

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