ECU offers alternative communities

Scott Residence Hall is one of many Living Learning Communities on campus, with several other communities appearing sometime next year. -Ryan Harper | The East Carolinian

This upcoming fall semester, there will be seven living learning communities offered by campus living, including the newly added business, biology, and pre-nursing communities.

According to campus living, LLC’s are defined as groups of students who live together who take a minimum of two classes during the academic year, including a class related to leadership development.

Directed toward incoming freshmen students, research shows that on average, students who live in these communities have a higher GPA than the average student body and a higher retention rate.

Majors directed toward these LLC’s include, music, engineering, pre-nursing, biology, health and wellness, Honors College, and business. A new program entitled, “The Jarvis Leadership Program,” will also be added to the mix.

According to campus living, these programs are, “designed to assist in the academic transition into university instruction, to support the student-faculty interaction beyond the classroom, and to encourage positive student connections within the university.”

Students who choose to participate in these programs will be exposed to peers with similar interests, and opportunities to learn more about an intended major through guest speakers and special programs put on by the residence halls.

This upcoming fall, all honors students and music majors are required to live in a LLC.

“I really had no idea any of these programs existed when I was a freshmen, but I think being involved in any of these programs could help a freshmen get acquainted with their major a lot easier,” said Kelly Douglass, junior merchandising major.

This year, Garrett hall will house the biology community, Honors College, and wellness community. The engineering community will be located in Umstead hall, as well as the pre-nursing program. Cotten hall will be the home to the business community and Scott hall will house the music community.

The Jarvis Leadership Program, located in Jarvis hall, is directed toward students who want to develop leadership skills and will provide interactive workshops and leadership seminars for its residents.

The wellness community is available to students of all majors, and is designed to help promote a healthy body with programs designated on how to maintain a healthy body and keep up with wellness regularly.

“I wish the business community would have been around when I was an incoming freshmen, it would have been a cool way to meet people who shared my same interests,” said Jonathan Colbert, senior business major.

Including the new living learning programs, campus living will continue to offer the First Year Experience Program located on West End at Fletcher hall and Jones hall on College Hill. The First Year Experience Program is designed to help freshmen make the transition from high school to college and promote academic success.

As of this year, incoming freshmen will be required to live on campus due to a university decision. Research has shown that students who live on campus their first year are more likely to make better grades and graduate in four years. This new rule is expected to benefit the enrollment of students participating in this years LLC’s.

All of the LLC’s are offered to incoming students through an application process. Applications and more information can be found online at www.ecu.edu/studentlife/campusliving.

 

This writer can be contacted at news@theeastcarolinian.com.

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