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Office of Leadership & LearningLiving-Learning & Theme Communities

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide students the opportunity to live and engage with other students who have similar academic, professional, and/or co-curricular interests. LLCs require enrollment in specific courses.

Theme Communities

Theme Communities (TCs) are designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage with other students in a residential community surrounding a particular theme or topic area of interest. These communities are provided with educational and social events to further explore that topic of interest.


Why should I participate?

Benefits of participating in a Living-Learning or Theme Community:

  • Connecting with peers that share similar academic interests and career pursuits
  • Access to in-hall academic peer mentors, tutoring, study groups or tables, etc.
  • More interaction with college faculty and networking opportunities
  • Experiencing a smoother transition to college
  • Participating in events/activities outside of the classroom
  • Resident Assistants (RAs) & Peer Mentors (PMs) with academic interest or personal passions that are similar students in the LLC

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Living-Learning & Theme communities that first-year students entering Old Dominion University can apply to join through their housing application.

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Living-Learning & Theme communities that transfer and upperclass students can apply to join through their housing application.

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