Why Join a Learning or Affinity 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 Manager: 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
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.
Designed for first-year direct admits to the Wisconsin School of Business, this community provides opportunities for mentorship with upperclassmen, engagement, and access to the School of Business.
By fostering connections with faculty, students, and the campus community, Chadbourne Residential College (CRC) helps you explore a liberal arts education, no matter your major. CRC offers a perfect combination of academics and social life in the heart of campus.
Focused on supporting students and allies who self-identify within the Black diaspora, this community is designed to allow Black/African-American students and allies to feel comfortable to be their authentic selves.
Options intended to meet the needs of transgender, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ students and allies to select a housing assignment that is inclusive, safe, and comfortable.
GreenHouse is all about living sustainably. With a greenhouse on-site, teaching kitchen, vegetable farm, workshops, community meals, and special events, you’ll learn how to make a positive environmental impact.
A living experience for Indigenous (NDGNS) community members and allies, designed to build community and relationships with students of similar identities and offer academic support to help students thrive.
Become a world citizen with friends from across the globe. Feast on international cuisine, take a class with a global focus, and immerse yourself in language by joining one of seven language communities.
Examine gender and sexuality and gain an insider’s view of the diversity of human experience. All students are invited to develop their understanding & establish mentorships with faculty in this welcoming community.
The Studio is an artistic laboratory where you can experiment and explore with other budding artists and innovators. Collaboration fuels creativity in this living and learning environment featuring onsite rehearsal, study, drafting, and theater spaces.
Unite with fellow women interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Learn about current research fields and hear from women in all types of STEM professions.
Enrolling in a learning community seminar is a great way to become more involved with your learning community. Every learning community offers a seminar that only residents in that community are able to take. The seminar is related to the topic that the learning community focuses on, so participating in the seminar is a great way to learn more about that topic, while taking a class with friends you’ve made in your learning community. Through their association with learning communities, students easily connect with faculty, the university, and community leaders. Most seminars are 1-credit and easily fit into your course schedule.
To view class sections and courses reserved specifically for your residence hall or learning community, visit our Residence Hall Class Sections page.
Each learning community has different expectations. All encourage you to participate in the seminars that are offered so that you can make the most of your experience of being a member of that learning community. Regardless of which type of participation level is asked of you, learning community 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 within your residence hall. We strongly encourage you to enroll in the seminar in order to make the most of your experience, but it is not required. If you have more questions, you should talk with your academic advisor.
If you would like to donate to University Housing Residential Learning Communities through the UW Foundation, click the donation link below. To ensure that your donation is processed correctly, please follow these instructions:
- In the Designation drop-down menu select Other – detailed below
- In the large text box labeled, “If you would like to further restrict your gift…” you must type the following text:
- Fund #12906942
- The name of the Residential Learning Community you wish to donate to