Living-Learning Communities

Residential Life at UMBC offers a number of Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) that connect students with shared academic interests in culture, academics, or community service. LLCs residents live together in a community and participate in academic and community programming especially designed for them. The ultimate goal of a LLC experience is to integrate learning from the classroom into the overall UMBC experience. LLCs are purposeful programs at UMBC that are designed to complement and extend classroom learning. These communities foster faculty and student interaction in a way that builds community and enhances both intellectual and personal growth of the residents.

Top Reasons to Live in a LLC

Integration of academic interests with community engagement

Connection to students and faculty with related interests

Make friends for life!

How to Apply

In order to be considered for a LLC, new students should complete the Residential Life Housing Application by May 1 and complete the Living Learning Community portion of the application. Students will be notified in mid to late-May if they’ve been offered a spot in one of their preferred LLCs. If they are no longer interested in the LLC that made the offer, they have the ability to decline.

Current UMBC students should complete the Residential Life Housing Application by the designated deadline and contact the LLC coordinator directly to seek permission to return to the LLC. Please keep in mind that LLCs are primarily intended for new students, and depending on the LLC returning students may not be eligible to return to the community.

If a student is admitted to an LLC, they can only request a roommate who has also been admitted to that LLC. They should work directly with your LLC Coordinator around your roommate request prior to June 15.

Apply on the Housing Portal


Learn More About Each LLC

The Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Living-Learning Community (LLC) provides opportunities for women and their allies majoring in an computing or engineering discipline to bond with other students in the same field and create strong support networks. The LLC promotes academic excellence, peer mentoring, career exploration, leadership opportunities, and social support for students in computing and engineering.

What to expect from the Center for Women in Technology LLC: 

  • Collaborative learning environment
  • An engaged community of scholars
  • Academic support and assistance
  • Upper-class peer mentoring
  • Monthly social events and programs
  • Course connections: FYE 101

LLC Location

For more information about CWIT, visit their website or contact Erica D’Eramo at deramo@umbc.edu.

The Discovery Scholars Living-Learning Community (DS LLC) provides new students the opportunity to discover their true academic passions during their first year on campus. New participants will engage with current students, faculty, and staff as they explore a variety of academic majors and career options while also learning how to be a successful student at UMBC. Students with a variety of academic interests, as well as students that are uncertain about their major and/or future goals, are especially encouraged to apply.

What to expect from the Discovery Scholars LLC:

  • A strong sense of community and connection to the DS LLC and UMBC through social events, workshops, and coursework.
  • Engagement in major and career exploration, service, academic, and research opportunities
  • Participation in a collaborative learning environment
  • Advising and support from DS faculty and staff
  • Peer mentorship from former DS LLC participants
  • Course connection: participate in a three credit First-Year Seminar (FYS) with other members of the floor

LLC Location

To learn more about Discovery Scholars visit their website or contact Jill Randles at jrandles@umbc.edu or 410-455-3715 and Gavin Gilliland at ggilliland@umbc.edu, or 410-455-1185.

The Honors College Living-Learning Community (LLC) offers first-year Honors College students the chance to continue their collaborative learning experiences in a relaxed residential setting. Students are able to pursue a range of academic and social activities with their peers, and to develop strong friendships through common goals, classes, conversation, and fun.

What to expect from the Honors LLC:

  • A strong sense of community and connection to the Honors College
  • Engagement in research, academic, service, and pre-professional opportunities
  • Peer mentoring with advanced Honors College students
  • Advising and support from Honors College faculty and staff
  • Course connections: HONR 100

LLC Location

To learn more about the Honors College visit their website or contact Michael Stone at michaelstone@umbc.edu or Jodi Kelber-Kaye at jodik@umbc.edu.

Students involved in the Humanities Living-Learning Community (LLC) will be part of a community that shares their passion for culture, language, history, philosophy, and literature with other students. They will also be offered a series of cultural and social opportunities on campus, in Baltimore, and in Washington, DC that will broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world.

What to expect from the Humanities LLC:

  • Engage with others who share your interests and passions
  • Participate in active dialogues on a diverse series of topics
  • Attend and participate in Humanities Forums during the academic year
  • Develop connections with other students in the LLC

LLC Location

To learn more about Humanities visit their website or contact  Dr. Tim Phin at tphin@umbc.edu or 410-455-8087.

The Intercultural Living Exchange (ILE) Living-Learning Community (LLC) is an innovative program that incorporates linguistic and intercultural components while promoting diversity and inclusion, student-faculty interaction, and service/community learning, three vital elements in the fostering of student success at UMBC. The ILE LLC helps students develop the intercultural and linguistic competencies they will need to effectively face the challenges of our global world.

What to expect from the Intercultural Living Exchange LLC:

  • An immersive intercultural and language experience
  • Development of intercultural communication skills and appreciation of diversity
  • Graduate and upper-class peer mentoring
  • Support and advice from program faculty
  • Course connections: MLL 299 (ILE) and MLL 430 (ILE)

LLC Location

To learn more about ILE visit their website or contact Dr. Elisabeth Arevalo-Guerrero at eliarev1@umbc.edu or Fontella Bateman at fbateman@umbc.edu or 410-455-2109.

The Individualized Study Living-Learning Community (INDS LLC) provides new students with an opportunity to create individualized, interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees based on a variety of academic interests. New participants will engage with current students, faculty, and staff as they explore a variety of academic areas and learn about how to be a successful student at UMBC. While students intending to pursue an Individualized Study degree will be given priority for the LLC, any students with an interest in multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply.

What to expect from the Individualized Study LLC:

  • A strong sense of community and connection to the INDS LLC and UMBC
  • Engagement in academic, service, research, and pre-professional opportunities
  • Advising and support from INDS faculty and staff
  • Development of academic interests
  • Course connection: participate in a four credit First-Year Seminar (FYS) with other members of the floor

LLC Location

To learn more about Individualized Studies visit their website or contact Stephen Freeland at freeland@umbc.edu or 410-455-2024.

The Shriver Living Learning Community (LLC) bridges the campus to the community through engaged scholarship. LLC students will explore service and civic engagement through the lens and legacy of Sargent Shriver. Through a one-credit seminar, weekly service, and reflective activities, LLC members build community and increase social change awareness.

What to expect from the Shriver LLC:

  • Connection with students from broad majors and disciplines
  • Explore issues and opportunities related to civic and community engagement and service-learning
  • Engage in weekly service-learning in the Greater Baltimore region
  • Community-building activities that enhance robust leadership development and advocacy
  • Upper-class Peer Mentoring Program supports UMBC transition
  • Development of interest/course teams (Breaking Ground grant awardees)
  • Deeper connection to Shriver Center programs to include Shriver Peace­worker Fellows/Peace Corps Prep, Public Service Scholars, and The Choice Program
  • Course Connections: 096 Community Service & Learning and SOCY 396

LLC Location

For more information about the Shriver Center, visit their website or contact Lori Hardesty at lhardesty@umbc.edu or 410-455-2493.

The STEM Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a collaborative community sponsored by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. It offers opportunities for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines to connect socially and academically with other STEM students at UMBC, through in-hall tutoring and social gatherings.

By being a part of the STEM LLC, students can expect to:

  • Develop intentional connections and relationships among students majoring in STEM
  • Connect with STEM and UMBC faculty and administrators
  • Network with leaders from academe, industry, and government
  • Receive peer mentoring from upper class STEM students

All members of the community will be enrolled in a shared one-credit First-Year Experience course in the fall semester and live in the same community.

LLC Location

For more information, please visit their website or contact Lucie Blauvelt, STEM LLC Coordinator, with any questions blauve@umbc.edu or 410-455-8055.

Students involved in the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Living-Learning Community (LLC) will share ideas and learn new skills in a supportive environment of artists. Students partake in trips to performances and discussions, all focused on the arts. Students will also connect with faculty through a connected course.

What to expect from the Visual and Performing Arts LLC:

  • Broadened understanding of art making
  • Learn new skills in a supportive environment of VPA majors and minors
  • Foster greater participation in the arts
  • Off-campus trips to DC, New York City, etc.
  • Course connections: LAS 120H and LAS 121H (only for Linehan Scholars)

LLC Location

To learn more about Visual and Performing Arts visit their website or contact Stephen Bradley at sbradley@umbc.edu or 410-455-2721.

The Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL+) is a Living-Learning Community (LLC) where students practice leadership skills in a setting that promotes academic excellence and community engagement. Students have the opportunity to meet with renowned speakers and activists, to live with other students committed to diverse gender and social justice issues, and to work with feminist and other social change organizations. WILL+ is open to women and nonbinary students.

What to expect from the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership LLC:

  • Take Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies together as a cohort
  • Engage in leadership development opportunities
  • Plan educational and advocacy programs
  • Attend cultural events and participate in public service projects
  • Cultivate skills for living and working with people from diverse backgrounds and opinions

LLC Location

To learn more about WILL visit their website or contact Kathryn Drabinski at drabinsk@umbc.edu  or 410-455-6371.


LLC Information For Faculty & Staff

When UMBC was founded, it was thought that the university could be innovative, interdisciplinary, inclusive – and great. Residential Life pride ourselves on supporting that aspiration through student-focused and academically-driven living-learning communities.

Whether you currently work with a LLC or are interested in developing a new LLC the information presented below clearly shows the successes of and possibilities that lie with LLCs.

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