Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is a learning community?
2. Why should I consider joining a learning community?
3. What are the benefits to joining a learning community?
4. How do I apply?
5. What else is required of learning community students?
6. Do I have the option to live in the residence halls with my learning community?

7. I'm coming from out-of-state, how hard is it to participate in a learning community?
8. Are the learning community classes ones that I am required to take with my major?
9. What is the difference between taking classes with the LC and taking general sections of the same classes?
10. What if I have AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credit for a class listed with the learning community I am interested in?

11. What if I'm in the Honors College?
12. What if I change my major during my first year and I've signed up for a major-based LC?

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1. What is a learning community?

Learning communities are groups of 25 students who share a common interest in either an academic college or interdisciplinary topic. A learning community takes several classes together including a First Year Seminar course (an elective course that focuses on transitioning to college and study skills) or an introductory course for your major, and one to three core curriculum courses, such as English Composition or World History. Additional organized activities may be included which relate to the learning community topic. View presentation. 

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2. Why should I consider joining a learning community?

Why not? A learning community is the easiest way to learn about all the resources and policies you need to know at Auburn and get involved on campus. Through your participation in a learning community you not only make friends but also learn about other opportunities to get involved in your college and at Auburn.

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3. What are the benefits to joining a learning community?

There are many benefits to participating in a learning community. One is that you will already be pre-registered in classes when you get to Camp War Eagle! You immediately meet other students with common interests who will be facing similar academic demands. Also, you get to know faculty members and academic advisors in your college, allowing you to make connections within your college and explore careers in your field as a first-year student. If you aren't sure what you want to major in, a learning community can help you with that too! All of these benefits can lead to a successful transition to college.

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4. How do I apply?

The learning community application will be available online in late March, 2015. Email LC@auburn.edu to sign up for our priority notification list and be notified the day before it goes live.

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5. What else is required of learning community students?

You decide how involved you want to be in your learning community. The only requirement is that you take the courses designated for your learning community. Whether or not you take advantage of opportunities to meet other students, form study groups, participate in programs, attend special events, and get to know faculty members is up to you.

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6. Do I have the option to live in the residence halls with my learning community?

Beginning in Fall 2015, the learning community program will no longer be offering a residential option as part of their program. This means that signing up for a learning community will have absolutely no effect on your on-campus housing eligibility and placement. Students are not required to live on campus to participate in the learning community program.

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7. I'm coming from out-of-state, how hard is it to participate in a learning community?

Learning communities are a wonderful opportunity for out-of-state students!  It is the easiest way to meet other students right away.  

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8. Are the learning community classes ones that I am required to take with my major?

The First Year Seminar course is a one or two-hour elective class that focuses on transitioning to college and study skills. It is an elective, but you are required to take the class in order to participate in a learning community. The additional two to three classes taken with the learning community can, in most cases, be applied to the University Core Curriculum requirements, which must be completed in order to graduate.

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9. What is the difference between taking classes with the LC and taking general sections of the same classes?

One difference is that you will already be registered for these classes when you come to Camp War Eagle. You will register for any additional courses which your academic advisor will advise you on during Camp. The other difference is that you will be in these classes with a group of your peers that you know from your learning community. This helps to make your large lecture classes feel not quite so big. The classes are the same for the most part, but some professors will cater discussion topics around a learning community's theme. Otherwise, the course requirements are the same.

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10. What if I have AP/IB/Dual Enrollment credit for a class listed with the learning community I am interested in?

Students must remain in the First Year Seminar and at least ONE of the other classes with the learning community. If you have AP credit for one of the classes with your learning community, you can simply drop that class and register for a replacement. If you have credit for all the classes with your learning community, we encourage you to keep searching to find a learning community better suited for you. All students with incoming credit are encouraged to have a conversation with your academic advisor at Camp War Eagle.

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11. What if I'm in the Honors College?

Students can participate in a learning community and the Honors College. Just remember that classes associated with the learning communities are not honors sections. You will need to register for honors courses separately.

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12. What if I change my major during my first year and I've signed up for a major-based LC?

Even if you change your major mid-year, we encourage you to stay enrolled in your learning community to continue building on the relationships that started during fall semester. For the most part, students are registered for core curriculum classes with their learning communities. This means you will need these classes regardless of your major. The learning communities are actually designed to assist you in deciding if you are in the correct major or not.

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