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IV. TIGER CUB – The official handbook of Auburn University
Learning communities are sponsored by Educational Support Services, every college/school at Auburn, and various departments on campus. Each learning community consists of 20-25 students who are pre-registered for several classes fall and spring semester of their freshman year. These classes are focused around a central topic or theme including a University course. University courses address ways to successfully transition to college and are taught by professors and instructors who are involved in the Learning Community and take special interest in each student’s success.
For college/school specific learning communities, is the student required to be in that college/school to join? In many instances the answer is yes. However, there are exceptions such as when a student is considering minoring with a different college/school or when a student’s major college/schools learning community is full and a learning community in a different college/school is a logical fit. Other LCs are grouped by themes and are not college specific. These are open to students from any major.
Can a student participate in both the Honors College AND a learning community? Absolutely! We have many students who choose to do both. A learning community offers the additional advantage of being integrated into the student’s college/school or with a topic of their choice during their freshman year. Classes associated with learning communities are not honors sections. Students wishing to do an honors section should drop the learning community course and pick up the honors section on their own.
What if a student has credit for one or more of the classes that are a part of the learning community through AP credit, ACT scores, or dual enrollment? The standard policy is for students to remain in a learning community they must stay enrolled in the UNIV class and at least one of the other learning community classes. An exception is made for Honors students, allowing them to only remain in the UNIV course. If a student has credit for both core classes, encourage them to consider a different learning community with a different curriculum lineup.
Can a student change his or her learning community once they join? Joining a learning community is a commitment for the entire freshman year. Core curriculum classes were intentionally selected in most cases in anticipation of some students changing majors. Students have the option to drop their learning community classes in the spring if they wish but are encouraged to stay in as they still need those core courses.
How do students sign up for learning communities? The application is located online through AU Access and is opened annually at the end of January. Students may visit the learning community website at www.auburn.edu/lc to sign up for notifications of web updates and application release information. When students log into the application they simply select their top three choices. All students who have signed up by May 1 will be notified via their Auburn email account of the learning community they were placed in. After May 1, students will be notified as they sign up. After Camp War Eagle has started, the online application will no longer be available. At that time students may sign up by calling 334-844-5721 or by signing up during Camp War Eagle.
Do students have to live with their learning communities in on campus housing? It is not a requirement for students to live with their learning community. In fact, if students sign up after April 1 they will not even have that option. It is important to remind students they must have guaranteed housing, which is obtained by applying for housing before the waitlist is started. Also, students wishing to live with specific roommates must BOTH have requested to live with their learning community in the same area to be placed together.