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.
Why Join a Learning Community?
- 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
- Learning Community Program Assistants: students who previously lived in a learning community who provide education, recreation, and support to new residents
- Peer Mentors: students who previously lived in a learning community who provide education and support to new residents in specific learning community seminars
- 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, exploring your interests, potential majors, and campus with a supportive community at your back.
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, race, and social justice in this safe and welcoming space.
Examine gender and sexuality, gain an insider’s view of the diversity of human experience, and establish mentorships with faculty in this community that welcomes all students.
Create, innovate, and bring your imagination to life in this artistic laboratory among fellow artists, dancers, musicians, actors, directors, engineers, computer scientists, and designers.
Unite with fellow women interested in science, technology, engineering, math, and medical careers, learning about cutting-edge scientific research topics and future career possibilities.
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.
How to Join a Learning Community
- Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
- Prioritize learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
- Receive your room assignment
The learning community fee may be waived in cases of exceptional financial need by submitting a request for a fee waiver.