Special Interest Housing Communities and Living Learning Communities
Kutztown University offers a variety of specialized housing options that are built to enhance the academic and social learning of our students outside of the classroom. Learn more about Living Learning Communities and Special Interest Housing below.
For more information contact the Residence Life Office.
What are Living Learning Communities?
Living Learning Communities (LLC's) are programs that give students a unique, inclusive residential learning experience that connects academic learning with residence life. Students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on-campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group of students that shares academic goals, interests, and majors. Typically all students living in the community share the same major and all live on the same floor or general area of one particular Residence Hall. Students in these communities also typically share a common academic course that is assigned to their LLC.
What is Special Interest Housing?
Special Interest Housing Communities are programs that offer the same benefits and ideals that Living Learning Communities offer to our students. Students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on-campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group of students that shares similar interests or characteristics. Students in these communities live on the same floor as others who share the common interest of the theme of the floor, but are not required to have that interest or topic as their academic major. The students in these communities are not required to share the same major, and do not typically have an academic course assigned to their program. KU offers FIG's (First-Year Interest Groups) and general interest groups to ensure that the specific needs of each population of students are being met.
What are the benefits of participating in an LLC or Special Interest Housing Community program?
- Students participating in these programs will be able to connect with other fellow Golden Bears that share the same interests or academic goals which enhances their support and social network on campus.
- Typically, students in these programs receive more interactions with faculty and staff which can help improve academic connections and grades.
- Nationally, students that participate in Living Learning Communities and Special Interest Housing Communities typically have a higher retention rate (staying at the same school from year to year) and GPA.
- Resources are shared among students, faculty and staff in these communities that can enrich the overall University experience.
- Programming opportunities are increased for students participating in Living Learning Communities which increases their learning outside of the classroom, as well as provide opportunities for social and personal growth.
What are the Living Learning Communities and Special Interest Housing options?
- Art Living Community
- Board of Governors Scholars Community
- Freedom Place Community
- Honors Program Communities
- KU Music Community (Not currently available for Fall 2021)
- Mathematics and Computer Science Scholars Community
- Social Justice Community
- Stonewall Community
- Transfer Community
- TRIO Student Support Services Community
How do I apply to participate in a Living Learning Community or Special Interest Housing Community?
- Click here for the Living Learning Community/Special Interest Housing Community application information.
- 2021-2022 Deadlines:
- Applications will be open from April 5th-May 7th
- Roommate Matches on My College Roomie are due June 1st
- Room Selection: June 2nd-4th
Frequently Asked Questions for Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
I paid my ARD and completed the SIH Community application. When will I be able to choose my housing?
Special Interest Housing Room Selection is June 2nd-4th. Students should login to their myKUhousing portal to select their assignment between those dates. Students will only be able to select from the building in which their community is placed.
What if I miss the SIH Community application deadline on May 7th? Will I still be able to apply?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications after May 7th. Interest after May 7th will be taken on a case by case basis.
Can I have a roommate that is not part of the SIH Community? Does the roommate have to complete a SIH Community application also?
Students are able to select a roommate that is not a member of the SIH Community for most communities. However, it is encouraged to live with another member of the community. They do not need to fill out a SIH Community application, unless they want to be a member of the community as well.
Can I still be a part of a SIH Community if I do not want to live in that particular assigned hall?
This depends on the approval of the faculty or staff member in charge of the community. These requests should be emailed in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I able to join multiple communities?
Yes and No. You cannot live in multiple places, so you will ultimately have to decide which community you want to live in. We suggest you visit each community's page to gather all the information about the community and the residence hall that it is located in to better make your decision. However, most faculty/staff still welcome students to participate in the meetings and programs of their community, even if you do not live in the designated hall. The faculty/staff member in charge of each community will make that determination. Students cannot be given access to buildings, or designated community spaces if they do not live in the hall.
What if I cannot find a roommate?
Students who do not identify a roommate in the My College Roomie software will be auto-assigned to a space available in the community after June 4th. If the student has a preference, they should email email@example.com
I am an Honors Transfer student. I would like to live in the Honors Apartments. Do I still need to fill out a SIH Community application?
Honors Transfer students who wish to reside in the Honors Apartments should email firstname.lastname@example.org and do not need to fill out a SIH Community application.
I am an upperclass student, can I join a Special Interest Community?
Currently the only Special Interest Community available for upperclass students to apply to is Freedom Place, all other communities are for incoming first year or transfer students.