Elevate Your Wisconsin Experience
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.Back to top
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
Nuture your passion for the study of living things, whether it's plants, animals, health, microbiology, evolution, neurobiology, soil, food genetics, bioenergy, or anything biological.
Transition to college in this high-energy community exclusively for freshmen, with fun, daily programs to build connections and get involved on campus.
Get involved in endless opportunities to grow as a student and leader through interpersonal connections and academic and extracurricular engagement in this vibrant community.
Engage in sustainability efforts and get hands-on experience in gardening, cooking locally, conservation, repairing bicycles, restoring prairies, and more.
Celebrate multiculturalism, creativity, and innovation in society as you explore issues of human diversity, identity, and social justice in this safe and fun community.
All students are welcome to join and explore the diversity of the human experience through discussions on gender in contemporary media in this inclusive community.
Create, innovate, and bring your imagination to life by exploring the creative process among fellow artists, dancers, musicians, actors, directors, engineers, computer scientists, and designers.
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.
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.Back to top
How to Join a Learning Community
Tour a Learning Community
Learn about one (or more) learning communities by taking a tour! Schedule a tour of as many communities that interest you. See amenities, talk with students/staff, and get a feel for each community’s unique identity during your campus visit. Tours last approximately 30-minutes and are often facilitated by student tour guides. To ensure tour guide availability, please contact us at least a week before your visit. Note: tours are available during the academic year (September – May).Back to top