What is a Living Learning Community?

A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students placed together on a floor or within a building based on a common major, common interest, or common program affiliation. Being a part of a Living Learning Community has a number of different perks.

  • Common interests – you already have something in common with the other residents of your LLC, whether it’s your major or interests.

  • Academic success – studies have shown that members of a LLC have a higher GPA than other on-campus residents. Study smarter- not harder.

  • Access to resources – you will have more face-to-face interactions with faculty and advisors, which can really help when you’re in need of a letter of recommendation or assistance with a complicated concept in a particular course.

How Do I Apply for a LLC?

  1. Identify and complete the appropriate agreement for the LLC you would like to join.
  2. Once your housing agreement is complete, log into myUCF and go into Student Self Service > Housing > Living Learning
  3. Select the LLC for which you would like to apply
  4. Answer the free response question(s). * Take some time and really answer the questions to the best of your ability. It may be wise to take a look at the questions, formulate your answers in a separate document, and then come back to complete the application if necessary.
  5. Review the LLC agreement outlining the expectations of residents in the LLC.
  6. Sign at the bottom of the agreement using your NID

Future Educators

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Hercules

Additional requirements: College of Education major, specific course enrollment

The Future Educators Living Learning Community located in Hercules is for first-year students who are pursuing a career in teaching. Students living in this LLC will receive:

  • Resources geared toward academic success in education
  • Introduction to Education and Introduction to Diversity for Educators courses reserved exclusively for the residents in the program
  • Service-learning opportunities to assist in fulfilling course requirements
  • Connections with faculty from the College of Education

Nursing @ Nike

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Nike

Additional requirements: Declared pre-nursing major, specific course enrollment

The Nursing @ Nike Living Learning Community located in Nike is for first-year students pursuing a degree in nursing. Students living in this LLC will receive:

  • Registration in an NSP 1800 Nursing As a Profession class designated exclusively for the residents of the Nursing @ Nike LLC
  • Resources focused on your success as a UCF student and gaining access to the College of Nursing (a limited-access program)
  • Mentorship from second-year nursing students
  • Networking opportunities with faculty from the College of Nursing Nursing and professionals in the nursing field

Healthy Knights

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Neptune

Additional requirements: None

The Healthy Knights Living Learning Community located in Neptune is for students dedicating themselves to health, wellness, and a substance-free lifestyle. Students living in this LLC will receive:

  • A supportive community of students dedicated to common principles of healthy living
  • Resources focused on personal reflection, development of a wellness plan, and supporting you on your personal wellness journey
  • Access to nutrition classes and group exercise classes
  • Open study hours within the community

Out of State

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Neptune

Additional requirements: None

The Out of State Student Living Learning Community located in Neptune is for first-year students attending UCF from outside of the state of Florida. Students living in this LLC will have access to the Out of State Student Mentoring (OSSM) program. Students living in this LLC will receive:

  • Programs and resources to assist you in transitioning to the university and state of Florida.
  • SLS (Strategies for Success) class reserved for residents
  • In-community academic advisor from First Year Advising & Exploration
  • Out of state peer mentor
  • Reserved general education course sections or seats in Fall and Spring semesters of your first year

Volunteers uKnighted

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Neptune

Additional requirements: None

The Volunteers uKnighted Living Learning Community located in Neptune is for students dedicated to community service. Students living in this LLC will receive:

  • Access to volunteer opportunities within the UCF and Orlando communities (i.e. helping with a local food bank, creating cards for children's hospitals, care packages for military servicepersons)
  • Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service project opportunity
  • Networking with local non-profit organizations

EXCEL/COMPASS

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Nike

Additional requirements: EXCEL/COMPASS Program participation required

The EXCEL/COMPASS Living Learning Community located in Nike is for students who are a part of the EXCEL and COMPASS programs (students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math majors). Students living in this LLC program will receive:

  • STEM course tutoring in the community
  • Networking opportunities with STEM faculty
  • Priority scheduling for common EXCEL and COMPASS courses

HONORS

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring/Summer

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Tower III

Additional requirements: Honors College admission required

The HONORS Living Learning Community, located in Tower III, is for students who are a part of the Burnett Honors College. Students living in this LLC will receive:

  • Opportunities to get involved with Honors Congress
  • Networking with Burnett Honors College faculty and staff
  • Access to the honors computer and print lab in Tower III

LEAD Scholars

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Neptune

Additional requirements: LEAD Scholars Academy participation required

The LEAD Scholars Living Learning Community located in Neptune is for students who are a part of the LEAD Scholars Academy program (leadership, service, involvement, academic success.) Students living in this LLC program will receive:

  • Connections with LEAD Scholars Academy faculty
  • Networking opportunities with LEAD alumni and upperclassmen
  • Resources to fulfill necessary LEAD Scholars requirements and learn about your personal leadership development

L.E.A.R.N.™ – A Research Community

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Hercules

Additional requirements: LEARN program participation required

The Learning Environment and Academic Research Network (L.E.A.R.N.) is located in Hercules. This program offers a select 28 first-year science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students a hands-on learning experience through an early research opportunity.

Students living in this LLC will:

  • Receive personalized academic advising, priority registration, and a scholarship
  • Enroll in Introduction to Research courses to produce a research proposal and poster presentation
  • Engage in a 12-week research apprenticeship with a graduate student-faculty mentor team
  • Participate in academic, social, and community service activities

Pegasus Program

Housing agreement type: Summer B only

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Nike/Hercules

Additional requirements: Pegasus Success Program participation required

The Pegasus Success Program is administered by the Knights Academic Resource Services and is a specialized 6 week program offered to selected students during summer B. This is a limited access program, only available by invitation after a student applies for admission at UCF. For more information about the Pegasus Success Program, please visit their website. For Summer B housing, Pegasus students are placed together in the Nike or Hercules Community to help enhance their academic experience.


SOAR Program

Housing agreement type: Summer B only

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Nike/Hercules

Additional requirements: SOAR program participation required

SOAR stands for Seizing Opportunities for Achievement and Retention. SOAR is a six-week academic, on-campus, summer program for a selected group of First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students who demonstrate an academic need. The SOAR program builds and upgrades the writing, verbal, mathematical, social and study skills necessary for these students to succeed in college. Participants in this intensive program are evaluated solely by UCF's Undergraduate Admissions Office and participation is by invitation only. SOAR students are placed together during the summer to help enhance their academic experience.


STEP Program

Housing agreement type: Summer B only

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Nike/Hercules

Additional requirements: STEP program participation required

The Supporting Teacher Education Preprofessionals (STEP) program is a unique opportunity for incoming first-year students who plan to major in education and want to become teachers. STEP participants must be admitted for Summer. Visit the STEP website to learn more about the benefits of joining STEP. For Summer B housing, STEP students are placed together in the Nike or Hercules Community to help enhance their academic experience. You must be admitted to the STEP program in order to be placed with other STEP students in housing.


Canine Companions

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Returning residents

Location: Lake Claire

Additional requirements: Canine Companions program participation required

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is committed to a partnership with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) to allow assistance dogs in training on UCF property, including but not limited to residences, classrooms and dining areas on campus. This partnership allows students of UCF to participate in the Volunteer Puppy Raising Program with CCI, which includes the privilege of bringing the CCI puppy to work. All UCF students, faculty and staff participating in the Volunteer Puppy Raising Program with CCI must be in compliance with the puppy raiser guidelines set forth by Canine Companions.

Canine Companions for Independence enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to graduate teams. Our partnership to support the CCI mission promotes disability awareness across the UCF campus and student community, and teaches the value of community service. UCF is eager to support CCI by providing this unique opportunity to our students who meet the necessary requirements outlined by CCI.

UCF Housing & Residence Life only partners with Canine Companions for Independence, therefore no other puppy raising entity will be considered for on-campus accommodations.


21st Century Scholars

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Incoming first-year students

Location: Apollo

Additional requirements: None

The 21st Century Scholars program is for first-generation (parents or guardians have not completed a Bachelor’s degree within the United States) college students. This program is supported by Multicultural Academic & Support Services. Students living in this community will receive:

  • Access to academic support workshops
  • Resources on Financial Concerns & Scholarships, Academic Success, Getting Involved, Counseling and Advisement, Internships, and Future Planning
  • One-on-one guidance and advising

Social Justice

Housing agreement type: Fall/Spring

Population: Returning residents

Location: Lake Claire

Additional requirements: None

The Social Justice Living Learning Community recognizes that social justice is a process and a goal. The LLC will foster a culture of advocacy and education through raising consciousness, engaging in dialogue, and encourages students to become a change agent. Community members will be prepared to challenge injustice at the University of Central Florida and beyond.



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