Living Learning Communities

 

What is a Living Learning Community?

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are groups of students who share a common interest and live together in the residence halls or apartments. LLCs are a fabulous way to get connected on campus because they provide social and educational opportunities to support student success.

There’s no extra cost to live in an LLC, but the benefits are huge! Nationally, students who live in LLCs are more satisfied with their college experience and have better academic outcomes.

Some LLC students take common courses, which means built-in study groups and neighbors who are also classmates. If you’re a member of an LLC, you will have a seat reserved for you in the common course section.

Living Learning Community Descriptions

Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
Business
CAMP

Criminal Justice
Education
Engineering
Explore
Fine Arts
Global Village
Honors
NMSU Community Puppy Raisers
Nursing
Osteopathic Medicine Pathway Program
Pre-Pharmacy
Professional Golf Management (PGM)
ROTC
Sankofa Black Culture LLC
Science and Health
Social Sciences

Here’s what some students have told us they enjoy about living in an LLC:

  • “I enjoyed that the people that I lived next to took the same classes as me. It was easy to help each other and was able to build stronger friendships.”
  • “I believe that pairing us with people with the same major allows us to help each other in need of help. The living-learning community was helpful for me since there were times where I could ask those around me for help in assignments, classes, and other things.”
  • “I enjoyed that I was able to make friends that had similar interests as me.”

Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Where is it? Garcia West

What classes do we take together? ACES 111

Who lives here? First-year students in any major within the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences

What makes this community special? According to our students, the best part about the ACES LLC is that it is so large and so diverse. There are many different types of majors and different students to connect with. “I like that there are many activities to be a part of and that we get placed into rooms and sections with people studying similar degrees.” And “I enjoyed being around people who had the same interests as me; I was able to create several good friends that I now share much of my time with.”

What are some of the activities the community has done? ACES Night Out, ACES study session with the professor

 

Business

Where is it? Piñon

What classes do we take together? BUSA 111

Who lives here? First-year students in any major within the College of Business, as well as Ag Econ, Ag Business, CTFM (Clothing, Textile, and Fashion Merchandising), and HRTM (Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management)

What makes this community special? Students in the Business LLC build strong friendships because of shared classes and similar career goals. Events and activities are tailored to the interests of students in Business majors and there is excellent involvement from caring, knowledgeable faculty.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Endless Possibilities with Business, Ethics Certification, Pizza and a Prof

 

CAMP

Where is it? Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Hall (RGH)

What classes do we take together? UNIV 110, UNIV 112, and ENGL 111

Who lives here? First-year students who have been accepted to the College Assistance Migrant Program

What makes this community special? The CAMP LLC is a place for students to find a home away from home and bond over shared experiences. Events and activities promote student success and awareness of opportunities available on campus.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Elote-ria (learning to play Loteria while enjoying a delicious elote bar), Self-Care Workshop

Criminal Justice

Where is it? Garcia East

What classes do we take together? CJ 101 and A S 100

Who lives here? First-year Criminal Justice majors

What makes this community special? Residents of the Criminal Justice LLC have opportunities for hands-on learning while connecting with peers who are in the same classes. Students study together and work closely with passionate faculty to see all the opportunities their major has to offer. Also, students get to take an exclusive class only offered to residents of the LLC!

What are some of the activities the community has done? Meet & Greet with Criminal Justice Department Head, Prison Tour field trip

 

Education

Where is it? Piñon

What classes do we take together? C EP 199 and COMM 265

Who lives here? First-year students in any major within the College of Education

What makes this community special? According to our students           , the best part of the Education LLC is the diversity of the majors and the variety of perspectives this brings. Residents build relationships over common courses and experiences in the College of Education while enjoying a wide variety of activities to cater to the broad range of interests in the LLC.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Sundaes and Schedule Building, Indigenous Peoples Day, Abstract Art Night, Mental Health Night with the Faculty Fellow, Building Financial Literacy

 

Engineering

Where is it? Garcia East

What classes do we take together? ENGR 100

Who lives here? First-year students in any major within the College of Engineering

What makes this community special? In the words of our students: “I feel one of the best parts of the Engineering LLC is the camaraderie and friendships built as the students pioneer throughout rigorous semesters. The Engineering LLC creates a sense of home and belonging among the students, and it encourages them to try new things and to socialize with the diverse peers within the community.” “I think the best part of the engineering LLC is that it allows the residents to feel more included in their living community. The residents here all know each other due to common classes. This sense of commonality allows for better personal connections and they can rely on each other to help one another with the class work.” And, “I feel living in the LLC was a great help academically and socially to my transition from high school to NM State.”

What are some of the activities the community has done? Building a marshmallow launcher, 365 Days ‘til Elections, Egg drop competitions, Study nights, Pizza with Engineering Professors, Study Skills and Time Management workshop, Engineering Club info night.

 

Explore

Where is it? Piñon Hall

What classes do we take together? A S 100 and A S 101

Who lives here? First-year students who want to explore what majors and career opportunities NMSU has to offer

What makes this community special? In a student’s words, “the best part of the Explore LLC is the open-mindedness of our residents. Because most of the LLC residents are undeclared in their major, they have an extra willingness to learn and be open to new possibilities, interests, and majors that NMSU has to offer.” Students learn about a variety of majors and careers, as well as how to be successful in college.

What are some of the activities the community has done? A Night in the Stars (exploring the galaxy with an Astronomy professor), Therapy Dogs

Fine Arts

Where is it? Garcia East

What classes do we take together? This LLC does not require a common course

Who lives here? First-year students in any major who have an interest in fine arts, as well as those majoring in Music, Theatre, Dance, Journalism, English, Studio Art, Art History, or CMI

What makes this community special? The Fine arts LLC is a place where creativity flows. The community is home to different types of artist such as actors, animators, writers, musicians, film makers, and more. The LLC sets students up for success by pairing the community with a creative Faculty Fellow and keeping residents’ artistic interest in mind when planning events. The best part is that making friends is easy because students already have things in common. 

What are some of the activities the community has done? Paint and Sip, Improv night

 

Global Village

Where is it? Cervantes Village

What classes do we take together? This LLC does not require a common course

Who lives here? Sophomores and above with an international interest, as well as international and exchange students from around the world

What makes this community special? Global Village is a vibrant community where students from the US who have an international interest are paired with roommates from around the globe. The purpose of the community is for students to participate in cultural exchange opportunities that are both fun and informative.

What are some of the activities the community has done? International potlucks, Trips to the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, Hiking local scenic areas, Attending NMSU sporting events, and Cooking classes

 

Honors

Where is it? Garcia East

What classes do we take together? This LLC does not require a common course, but residents are encouraged to enroll in an Honors course or H section

Who lives here? First-year Crimson Scholars in any major

What makes this community special? Living in the Honors LLC provides an academically-focused living space where students from diverse majors live together and share a common goal of scholastic achievement. Students can look forward to personalized interactions with Honors College staff as well as social programs where they can get to know other students from a variety of backgrounds and majors.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Honors College picnic, Registration prep, Making Mason jar jack-o-lanterns

 

NMSU Community Puppy Raisers

Where is it? Vista Del Monte

What classes do we take together? This LLC does not require a common course

Who lives here? Sophomores and above who are involved in the NMSU Community Puppy Raisers student organization

What makes this community special? Students who are involved in this community have the unique opportunity to raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind while living on campus. Residents work closely with the Companion Animal program in the College of ACES to provide socialization for future Guide Dogs and support for each other.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Paw Prints, Santa Paws

 

Nursing

Where is it? Garcia West

What classes do we take together? NURS 155

Who lives here? First-year Pre-Nursing majors

What makes this community special? According to students, the best part of the Nursing LLC is that it allows residents to build social and academic connections with people who are also Pre-Nursing majors. One said, “It was a great way to meet new people and connect with one another especially since you all major in the same things.” Meeting and living with people who are also pursuing a nursing degree helps students build confidence and prepare for applying for the Nursing program. It allows residents to make connections with people they can create study groups with during their prerequisite courses and ultimately their Nursing courses. Plus, residents in this LLC get to take an exclusive course with Nursing faculty in their first semester!

What are some of the activities the community has done? How to Save a Life CPR crash course, Pre-Nursing Advising Tips & Tricks

Osteophathic Medicine Pathway Program (OMPP)

Where is it? Garcia West

What classes do we take together? BIOL 111 (lecture, lab, and workshop) and UNIV 150

Who lives here? First-year students who have been accepted into the Osteopathic Medicine Pathway Program

What makes this community special? Students living in the OMPP LLC form close bonds because they live, go to class, and study together. They support each other with study groups and use their individual strengths to help the group.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Biology study session with the professor, Peer-to-peer study tips

Pre-Pharmacy

Where is it? Garcia West

What classes do we take together? BIOL 111 (lecture, lab, and workshop) and UNIV 150

Who lives here? First-year students who have been accepted into the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program

What makes this community special? Students living in the Pre-Pharmacy LLC form close bonds because they live, go to class, and study together. They support each other with study groups and use their individual strengths to help the group.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Biology study session with the professor, Peer-to-peer study tips

Professional Golf Management (PGM)

Where is it? Juniper Hall

What classes do we take together? MKTG 180

Who lives here? First-year PGA Golf Management majors

What makes this community special? Residents of the PGM LLC spend time together in class, at tournaments, studying, and socializing. They have a high level of involvement from their program faculty and support each other in the classroom and on the course. From a student: “It has been really exciting being part of such a small community where everyone shares the same goal that they can all work and build each other up to achieve.”

What are some of the activities the community has done? PGM study night with the professor, Tournament goodie bags, Peaceful Problem Solving

ROTC

Where is it? RGH and Cervantes Village

What classes do we take together? This LLC does not require a common course, but residents must be enrolled in an M SC or AERO course in the fall

Who lives here? First-year ROTC cadets live in the RGH community; sophomores and above live in the ROTC community in Cervantes Village

What makes this community special? Students tell us that living in the LLC helps them adapt to the ROTC lifestyle and quickly make friends who can support each other and push each other to excel during trainings.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Breakfast after PT, What to expect in Basic Training, Nerf battle

 

Sankofa Black Culture LLC

Where is it? Cervantes Village

What classes do we take together? This LLC does not require a common course

Who lives here? Sophomores and above in any major, from any ethnic and cultural background who have an interest in Black culture

What makes this community special? The Sankofa Black Culture Living Learning Community (LLC) is a supportive environment where students who share interest in exploring, celebrating, and being deeply connected with Black culture can live together and participate in programs that promote their academic, social, and personal development. The Sankofa LLC is designed to enhance residents’ sense of belonging at NMSU while also examining local, national, and global issues relevant to Black culture.
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What are some of the activities the community has done? Black Programs Homecoming tailgate, Movie night exploring representation of Black characters in horror films, Self-care workshop

 

Science and Health

Where is it? Garcia West

What classes do we take together? BIOL 111 (lecture, lab, and workshop)

Who lives here? First-year students majoring in Biology, Microbiology, Kinesiology, Nutrition Education, Dietetics, Athletic Training, Ag Bio, Communication Disorders, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, or Biotechnology

What makes this community special? Because the range of majors in this LLC are broad, yet interconnected, residents bring a variety of interests and perspectives to the community. Residents connect over meals, through study groups, and by attending class together.

What are some of the activities the community has done? El Paso zoo trip, Ice cream social with a fun chromosome activity

Social Sciences

Where is it? Garcia West

What classes do we take together? COMM 265

Who lives here? First-year students majoring in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography (Human-Environment Relationships Concentration), FCS, Criminal Justice, Public Health, Social Work, Counseling and Community Psychology, or Government

What makes this community special? The social sciences are a remarkably interdependent group of majors and the community gives residents no shortage of chances to embrace that. Students study together and share what they’ve learned in their interrelated majors.

What are some of the activities the community has done? Social Sciences trivia night, Pasta-Tivity (writing kind notes to each other while dining on a catered pasta dinner)

 

For additional information regarding Living Learning Communities, please contact the Department of Housing & Residential Life at (575) 646-3202. Living Learning Community offerings and qualifications are subject to change.