Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas offers a number of living and learning options to incoming first-year students. By choosing to live in a LLC, Residence Life will assign a first-year student to the hall and floor community where the LLC is located. Live-in Residence Life staff and the faculty who teach the LLC courses will provide programming, one-on-one interactions and various co-curricular opportunities to enhance the curricular learning that occurs within the classroom. Students enrolled in a LLC should expect to:

  • Experience a smoother academic and social transition to college
  • Develop a sense of belonging to the campus community
  • Experience enhanced interaction with faculty and staff
  • Demonstrate stronger academic achievement
  • Develop an openness to different views

LLCs located in Dowling, Brady, John Paul II or Ireland Halls will have first-year residents living on a floor or section of a floor together. LLCs located in Murray Hall will have female and male first-year students living in the hall together. Female and male residents will live separately in rooms of two, three or four with a full bathroom in each room.   

With the exception of the Global Living Learning Community, LLCs are open to incoming first-year students only.  In early April, incoming students who have submitted their Housing Deposit and Class-Confirming Deposit will have the opportunity to identify their preference and apply to one of these communities.  Students who have been selected to live in the LLC will then be assigned by Residence Life to the hall, the floor and a roommate in the LLC.  Choosing an LLC will make this your first choice in housing and this will be placed as a priority over all other roommate and building requests.  We encourage LLC-interested students to find others also interested in the LLCs to to potentially connect as future roommates.

The following Living Learning Communities are options at St. Thomas (please click on the links for more information).  We look forward to having you participate in one of our exciting LLCs.  For more information or questions, please contact the Department of Residence Life.

Sustainability Living Learning Community

Open to all students interested in exploring issues regarding sustainability within and outside of the classroom.  Students will take environmental studies and geology in the fall and theology and English in the spring.

Aquinas Scholars Honors Living Learning Community

Open to students who have applied and been accepted to the honors program.  Aquinas Scholars Honors Students take several courses together as a cohort.

Tommies Do Well(ness) Living Learning Community

Open to all students interested in exploring opportunities for wellness. Through a partnership with the Health and Human Peformance (HHP) Department and the Wellness Center, students will take HHP 250 and participate in many wellness activities outside of the classroom.

Pathways to Engineering (P2E) Living Learning Community

Open to engineering majors and offers two paths based on the student's math placement. Students arrive three days early in the fall and begin working with faculty to prepare them for the rigors of calculus, computer science, and engineering.

COJO MOJO Living Learning Community

Open to all majors and ideal for communication and journalism (COJO) majors.  Students will take COJO 111 in the fall and COJO 112 in the spring.

Bridging Divides Living Learning Community

Open to students interested in a focus on interfaith learning and communication. Students will take two courses together: one in theology and one in justice and peace studies.

Catholic Studies Living Learning Community

Open to anyone who has decided to major or minor in Catholic Studies. Students will take two core courses together: one in theology and the other in philosophy.

Major Explorers Living Learning Community

This community is ideal for students who have not yet decided on their major and are looking to explore their options. Students will take an English and theology course, and work closely with Career Development staff to help them determine a major and career path.

Business for the Common Good Living Learning Community

Open to all business majors. Students will take the community service course of Business 200 while living in a community.