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Find a community that's just right for you! 

A student who resides in a Living Learning Community (LLC) has the opportunity to live and learn with classmates who share similar interests but bring many different personalities and traits to the environment. The student will live with other members of the LLC in a close-knit community (or "house") located in University housing. LLC members will have the opportunity to participate in field trips, group dinners, and other social and educational activities. Students build strong relationships with fellow residents—and with the faculty and staff members affiliated with LLC. In Penn State's LLCs, learning isn't just encouraged—it's celebrated!

  • First-year students: Learn how to request a LLC as a HFS Contract preference (some LLCs require a secondary application)

  • Current eligible LLC members: Review the LLC contract process guidelines for returning to the living environment for the next academic year. During the spring semester a self-select webinar will provide information about how LLC members are able to self-select their room assignment. View the recording of the self-selection webinar held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2024

  • Not in a LLC? Some LCCs allow residential students who live in another building/housing area to participate in activities. Contact the Office of Residence Life for more information

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Ally House

Location: West Housing Area

ALLY House provides an open, safe, and inclusive living environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students. This living environment is a collaboration between the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA) Student Resource Center and the Sexuality and Gender Studies minor that is offered by the College of Liberal Arts. ALLY House fosters a community dedicated to knowledge and understanding of sexuality and gender issues. Student programs and academic opportunities support these goals.

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Arts and Architecture House

Location: Leete Hall, North Housing Area

Arts and Architecture House (A&A) is specially designed to meet the needs of students in majors such as art, music, architecture, theater arts, architectural engineering, and landscape architecture. Residents have opportunities to interact with faculty, participate in field trips to museums and historical sites, and take part in educational workshops.

Arts and Architecture House residents live in North Housing Area, a vibrant community that houses three LLCs and is located within walking distance of the Palmer Museum of Art and the Visual Arts and Music Buildings. Students live in suites and share a communal kitchen (with limited cooking accessibility), art studio, music practice rooms, seminar rooms, and other common areas with fellow North Housing Area residents. View North Housing Area room rates to compare the cost of living in a suite to the cost of living in a traditional residence hall. First-year students are only assigned to two-bedroom suites with a standard occupancy of four students.

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Biology Home (BIOME)

Location: Shulze Hall, Pollock Housing Area

Make the BIOME your biology home! Designed for first-year students interested in the biology major, this LLC is dedicated to creating a strong academic community, while fostering the fun aspects of the discipline. Students will benefit academically from study groups (most of your neighbors will be in the same classes), tutor opportunities, and review sessions. On the social side, residents will participate in faculty “meet and greets,” guest speakers ranging from career mentors to interesting researchers, and a monthly, biology-theme movie night. Join the BIOME and get the most out of your biology experience!

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Break Access/Holiday Housing

The University has three official academic year break periods: fall break, the break between the fall and spring semesters, and spring break. During these break periods, University Housing closes and all residents are required to leave for the entire period. Personal belongings may be left in the room during the break periods. View Important Dates for when housing closes and reopens.

To accommodate students who are unable to travel home during these time periods or who need to stay on campus during the break periods, Housing offers a Break Access/Holiday HFS Contract. Students assigned to Break Access/Holiday Housing will be charged an additional room fee per semester for this service. No refunds are processed if a student does not stay for all or any part of the closedown periods. The Break Access/Holiday Housing HFS Contract cannot be canceled.

Break Access/Holiday Housing can be requested either by selecting the option as a LLC preference on the HFS Contract or by contacting the Housing Assignment Office.

Students who select Break Access/Holiday housing in advance of the HFS Contract period will be assigned to a designated set of buildings, based on the type of housing option the student selected:

Students with a Break Access/Holiday Housing HFS Contract will not be required to leave the residence hall during the closedown periods. During the break periods, staff will be available in the building to assist with emergencies. Although the dining halls are closed during closedown periods, there will be limited food service operations available on campus during specified hours. The Campus Meal Plan remains active during closedown periods, and students may use their meal plan for purchases.

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Business and Society House (BASH)

Location: Holmes Hall, North Housing Area

In partnership with the Smeal College of Business, the Business and Society House provides a launching pad for undergraduate students to explore Penn State's many opportunities and the professional world with a supportive community at their backs. Through social, volunteer, and professional opportunities, BASH allows students to live, socialize and connect with others who share similar interests and goals.

Business and Society House residents live in North Housing Area, a vibrant community that houses three LLCs and is located within walking distance of the Business Building. Students live in suites and share a communal kitchen (limited cooking accessibility), seminar rooms, and other common areas with their fellow North Halls residents.

View Holmes Hall room rates to compare the cost of living in a suite to the cost of living in a traditional residence hall. First-year students are only assigned to two-bedroom suites with a standard occupancy of four students.

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Earth and Mineral Sciences House (EMS)

Location: Irvin Hall, West Housing Area

Residents of the Earth and Mineral Sciences House can develop close relationships with faculty from across the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Students live, study, and socialize with others who share their love of earth sciences, earth science policy, energy, business and finance, energy and sustainability policy, energy engineering, geobiology, geography, geosciences, materials science and engineering, meteorology and atmospheric science, mining engineering, and petroleum and natural gas engineering. Field trips, house dinners, guest lectures, lunches with faculty, community service, and intramural sports are just a few of the educational, service, and social opportunities available to members. Residents also enjoy access to a computing lab, kitchen, and study lounges.

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Earth House

Location: Runkle Hall, North Housing Area

The activities and programs offered at EARTH House reflect residents' interests in environmental and agricultural issues. Working closely with faculty from the College of Agricultural Sciences, residents take part in recycling efforts, visit organic farms, attend guest lectures, and participate in a variety of other educational experiences.

EARTH House residents live in North Housing Area, a vibrant community that houses three Living Learning Communities that work collaboratively to provide activities for the whole community. First-year students live in two-bedroom/four-person suites and share a communal kitchen (with limited cooking accessibility), seminar rooms, and other common areas with fellow North Halls residents. View North Housing Area room rates to compare the cost of living in a suite to the cost of living in a traditional residence hall. First-year students are only assigned to two-bedroom suites with a standard occupancy of four students.

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Educational Equity Scholars

Location: Geary Hall, East Housing Area

The Educational Equity Scholars Living Learning Community (LLC) welcomes incoming first-year students who are committed to engage with peers from various backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. Through experiential learning programs that help students transition to college and build a strong academic foundation, we aim to foster a sense of belonging, purpose, and joy for all our residents. In addition to the LiveOn experience, LLC members are encouraged to enroll in the Educational Equity Scholarship and Community Seminar in the fall and spring semesters and engage with their mentors in the Office of Scholars Programs (OSP) and the various colleges. The LLC houses all first-year scholarship recipients through OSP, which includes Bunton-Waller Fellows, Lenfest Scholars, Maguire Scholars, and Milton Hershey Scholars, as well as students who elect to join this vibrant community which engages in frequent team building activities, social events, and relevant programs to meet students' needs. The LLC features a live-in undergraduate Program Assistant who is a former resident of the LLC and serves as a mentor and resource to scholars during this important transitional year. 

Secondary Application Required! Students interested in the first-year Educational Equity Living Learning Community must complete a secondary application as well as indicate their preference in eLiving. Applications for 2024-2025 can be found here: Educational Equity LLC Application.

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Engineering House (E-House)

Location: McKee Hall, West Housing Area

This Living Learning Community offers engineering students the opportunity to be part of a thriving academic community where they will interact with students from all undergraduate years and engineering faculty, connect with critical resources, and explore professional pathways. Residents also develop social connections, participate in campus activities, create academic support networks, and utilize resources and services offered by the College of Engineering to help them achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.

  • Open to engineering students only. (Participating students' requested roommates may also be housed in this LLC only if space permits.)
  • Secondary Application Required! Students interested in E-House need to submit a secondary application, as the Housing Assignment Office does not select the first-year participants assigned to E-House.
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First-Year Education

Location: Pinchot Hall, East Housing Area

First-year students enrolled in the College of Education may select this in this Living Learning Community. Students will benefit from numerous activities to help them understand the opportunities and resources in the College of Education. A focus on career exploration, multicultural understanding, and service further addresses the needs of students exploring their options in this multidisciplinary field. Increased faculty interaction and academic support are benefits for residents in this community.

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First-Year Liberal Arts

Location: Geary Hall, East Housing Area

First-year students interested or enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts may select this Living-Learning program. Residents will explore Liberal Arts majors, learn about professional development opportunities, and receive guidance from Liberal Arts staff members. Residents will enjoy co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities associated with the College, while extending and complementing their experiences in the classroom. Students will have access to workshops and events specific to Liberal Arts majors and opportunities. All First Year in Liberal Arts LLC Students will be enrolled in the same section of the Liberal Arts First Year Seminar (LA83). This will be held on Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m. in fall 2024.

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First-Year Science and Engineering House (FISE)

Location: Ritner Hall, Pollock Housing Area

First-year students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Eberly College of Science, College of Engineering, and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences may choose to reside in the First-Year in Science and Engineering (FISE). FISE offers a residential experience for first-year students seeking to live in a diverse and inclusive STEM-focused living and learning community. Designed to support first-year students in their transition to college, FISE offers excellent academic resources and programs throughout the year.  FISE students leave well prepared to succeed in their future academic work and STEM. FISE students are given the opportunity to continue with any science LLC with open space for upperclass students by requesting housing and accepting an LLC: STEM (FISE upper-class select a new LLC) contract.

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First-Year Veterans

Location: White Course Apartments

First-year undergraduate with veteran status who are enrolled in the EDUC 100 Veterans First-Year Seminar are eligible to live in this LLC, which is offered in collaboration with the Office of Veterans Program. The First-Year Veterans LLC provides veteran students a space to transition to the State College area as well as the Penn State educational environment with student sharing a similar experience.

The First-Year Veterans LLC is located in White Course Apartments, which offers 4-person/4-bedroom fully-furnished apartments. Each apartment features four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room space, and a washer/dryer. These apartments are located on the west side of campus, which is easily accessible via the Red Link CATA bus line.

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Forensic Science

Location: Wolf Hall, Pollock Housing Area

Students enrolled in the Eberly College of Science's forensic science major may choose this environment to further enhance the University-wide, interdisciplinary approach of the academic curriculum. Activities that support classroom learning and informal interaction with prominent faculty will deepen students' understanding of this exciting field.

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FlourishPSU: The Wellness Community

Location: Stone HallEast Housing Area

FlourishPSU: The Wellness Community provides first-year students an opportunity to learn new strategies and skills to build resilience, compassion, and well-being in a supportive community with like-minded students. As a member of FlourishPSU, you will have access to special programming and opportunities that will help you learn self-care, explore the components of healthy relationships and social connections, build your resilience, and learn what it means to flourish. Any first-year student, regardless of major, is encouraged to join the community.

Students who live in FlourishPSU may also enroll in a 1.5-credit first-year seminar HDFS 197: Community, Connection, and Contemplation. This first-year seminar fulfills a GHW requirement.

Stone Hall is located near the IM Building and offers easy access to Outdoor Adventures, fitness classes, and workout space. The  IM Building also offers a Wellness Suite which includes a relaxation room. You can take advantage of light therapy boxes, meditation and mindfulness software, and a quiet relaxing place to study. 

The Wellness Community is supported by Health Promotion and Wellness, and Health and Human Development

Secondary application required! Applications for 2024-2025 can be found here: FlourishPSU: The Wellness Community

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Gender Inclusive Housing

Location: several housing options throughout campus

Learn more about the Gender Inclusive Housing Options available at University Park. 

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Global Engagement Community

Location: Beaver Hall, Pollock Housing Area

The Global Engagement Community (GEC) Living Learning Community promotes a dynamic exchange of global and local perspectives at Penn State. GEC residents have access to interactive and intercultural learning opportunities and activities, both in the residence hall and through their participation in a 1-credit Global Engagement Seminar (APLNG 297 -001) course. Additionally, students can build meaningful intercultural peer relationships with both international and domestic students on the floor.

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Information Sciences and Technology House (IST)

Location: Thompson Hall, West Housing Area

Students studying Information Sciences and Technology have the option of living in this LLC, which gives its residents the opportunity to interact with peers in the Information Sciences and Technology (IST) program. House dinners, monthly activities, and field trips give residents the chance to get to know each other and the IST faculty.

Learn more about IST House at and  check out this video to see the community in action!

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Joint Service ROTC Housing

Location: Pennypacker Hall, East Housing Area

Students with the ambition to become officers in the Armed Services can live surrounded by like-minded individuals fostering both personal and professional growth and development. Residents benefit from the mentoring of both upper-class students and the ROTC staff while living in an environment where respect, integrity, duty, honor, and the rest of the military's core values are part of the atmosphere.

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Liberal Arts Paterno Fellows House

Location: Simmons Hall, South Housing Area

First-year students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are intending to become Paterno Fellows may select this LLC, where residents are committed to aspiring to the signature honors and leadership program. This program is offered in cooperation with the Schreyer Honors College. Students will enroll in suitable honors courses during their first year, seek academic excellence, and participate in the program's other offerings. Residents will enjoy cocurricular and extracurricular opportunities associated with the Paterno Fellows Program, as well as in-house offerings and mentoring activities that contribute to their social and academic success.

  • Open to all first-year students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are self-selecting as Paterno Fellows aspirants. Students enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) with a serious interest in Liberal Arts and with a commitment of taking three to four honors courses in their first year at Penn State may also request this LLC with permission of program staff (email for permission).
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Professional Golf Management

Location: Beaver Hall, Pollock Housing Area

The Professional Golf Management (PGM) Living Learning Community (LLC) is designed for students in the PGM Program who are interested in a career in the golf industry. The PGM LLC provides the opportunity for students to live together and participate in PGM tournaments, social events, and monthly PGM Student Society meetings. The PGM LLC also allows students to explore cooperative education internship opportunities with their PGM faculty members and fellow classmates. Monthly guest speakers also share valuable career development advice. Each student is paired with a student and alumni mentor to learn more about transitioning to Penn State and trends in the industry.

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Schreyer Honors College Living & Learning Environment

Location: Atherton Hall & Simmons Hall, South Housing Area

Located in close proximity to the administrative offices of Schreyer Honors College, this LLC supports Schreyer Scholars, providing them with a number of opportunities to participate in academic and social activities. Over 65 percent of the residents of Atherton and Simmons are Schreyer Scholars, and all residents have access to the computer labs and music practice rooms located in these residence halls. A $25.00 living-learning fee is charged each semester to all residents on their student account.

  • Any student may request to live in this scholarly residential environment, but priority is given to first-year and returning Schreyer Scholars.
  • Premedical-Medical (PMM) students are not considered a Schreyer student, and may only be assigned to this living environment if space is available.
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Schreyer Honors College - The GLOBE

Location: Simmons Hall, South Housing Area

The GLOBE is a Living Learning Community for students in the Schreyer Honors College. It seeks to form a close-knit community of globally minded individuals who have the desire to foster global awareness and an international perspective. It aims to expand on the initiatives of the Schreyer Honors College by:

  • Fostering respect and awareness for the world and its diverse people
  • Contributing to international progress by developing a network for future collaborations
  • Building an inclusive community that embraces different mindsets and encourages personal and academic growth

To attain this goal, members participate in activities such as group discussions, guest professor events, and food events. In order to ensure that all members on the floor are active, a point system is in place on the floor. Members accrue points by attending floor events and must accrue 10 points by the end of each semester to remain part of The GLOBE.

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Women In Science & Engineering (WISE) House

Location: Thompson Hall, West Housing Area

The Women In Science and Engineering House (WISE House) is designed to actively promote an equitable and inclusive Living Learning Community for residents pursuing undergraduate degrees in science and engineering. Members of WISE House will benefit from community programming and academic support while living and learning with others pursuing similar academic course loads and fields of study. WISE House receives advising and support from the Penn State Women in Engineering Program (WEP). First-year WISE House residents within the College of Engineering will have the opportunity to enroll in the WISE first-year seminar. WISE House is open to undergraduates of any year standing, with preference given to students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Development, College of Information Sciences and Technology, and Eberly College of Science.

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ROAR House

Location: Dunham HallWhite Course Apartments

University housing is proud to offer students the opportunity to reside in the ROAR House: Residence Of Addiction Recovery. Students participating in the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), a program sponsored by Student Affairs, are eligible to reside in this living option. ROAR House members are students who are free from alcohol and other drugs and are in recovery from addictions. The "ROAR" is meant to suggest the collective power of students in the Penn State CRC, whose affiliated student organization is called Lions for Recovery, will help students work together to be successful in recovery. The ROAR House is just one of many ways that Penn State is supporting students recovering from alcoholism and other addictions. For a student in recovery, the CRC provides a variety of on-campus recovery meetings, recovery events, and offers assistance for students to make connections for other recovery services.

The ROAR House is located in White Course Apartments, which offers four individual bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, and kitchen. A washer and dryer is provided in the apartment, and parking permits are available for convenient parking lot located adjacent to the building. Although not required, residents are eligible to purchase the Campus Meal Plan to enjoy the convenience of Penn State Food Services.

While residing in the ROAR House, residents will sign an additional contract with the CRC that indicates his/her agreement to not possess, use, or become intoxicated by alcohol or other drugs at any time. Residents will be asked to not invite visitors who may be in possession of or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

To discuss your interest in ROAR House, please contact one of the following staff members:

  • Jason Whitney, Program Coordinator, Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community: 814-863-0140
  • Jennifer Garvin, Director, Ancillary Services, Housing and Food Services: 814-865-7501
  • Mark Rameker, Senior Director, Residence Life: 814-863-1710


CRC Program Membership Agreement                  Return to Use Protocol

The following LLCs have been discontinued:

  • Discover House

  • Engineering and Applied Sciences (EASI) 

  • Health and Human Development (HHD)

  • LIFE House

  • Lion LaunchPad

  • Sophomore Year Experience (SYE)

FAQs for Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities


What is a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

Living Learning Community (LLCs) are sections of University Housing where students with similar interests or majors reside together. In addition to the normal programming and events that are offered by Residence Life, LLCs offer additional programming and social events for residents to develop a close-knit community. LLCs are available for both first-year and upperclass students. Some LLCs are reserved strictly for first-year students, while other LLCs offer students the ability to return to the living environment. 

Learn more about Living Learning Communities (LLCs).

Can I receive a contract offer for my LLC and also for other housing options?

Living Learning Community (LLCs) Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contracts will be offered in the LiveOn Housing Process in November, before the first round of housing invitations is sent to students. The HFS Contract offer will include the offer expiration date, which will be at 12:00 p.m. (noon) the day the first round of invitations are sent. Once an LLC HFS Contract is accepted, a student is no longer eligible to receive an invitation because they have agreed to live in the LLC housing option and have an active HFS Contract.

If a student does NOT accept the LLC HFS Contract, the LLC HFS Contract offer will expire. Once the offer expires, the LLC housing option will not be reoffered. If the offer has expired, then a student is eligible to participate in the LiveOn Housing Process. The student will receive an invitation to view available housing options according to the LiveOn Housing Process timeline and can create a contract for a different housing option.

Students who let the LLC HFS Contract offer and invitation expire can participate in the second round of the LiveOn Housing Process. Beginning 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) December 1 an eligible student can log on to eLiving and Request Housing to receive an invitation in the February process..

I am an upperclass student. Can I join an LLC if I did not participate as a first-year student?

Upperclass students can indicate a desire to join a Living Learning Community (LLC) by joining the Housing Options Waitlist in eLiving for the preferred LLC. A student must have a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract to join the waitlist. If space is available, upperclass would be considered for placement in the LLC.

I am returning to my LLC. Can I request a roommate?

The LLC HFS Contract allows for the student to indicate a roommate request. Upper-class LLC members will be able to self-select a room assignment. If the roommate indicated is a member of the LLC, then the students can be assigned together during the self-select process. An LLC member can indicate a roommate preference who is not a part of the LLC community; the Housing Assignment Office will review requests to determine the feasibility of assigning students together. 

I did not accept my Living Learning Community (LLC) HFS Contract and opted to participate in the LiveOn Housing Process. I do not see any housing options that I want. Can I return to the LLC?

Once the LLC HFS Contract offer has expired, we can not extend the offer to return to the LLC.

If the student is interested in living on campus they should choose from the available Housing Options before their invitation expires. Once they have an accepted HFS Contract, the student can Update Preferences and request to return to the LLC. If space is available they will be considered for assignment. 

I'm in a Living Learning Community (LLC). How can I return to the LLC?

There are specific LLCs that offer the ability to return to the living environment after the student's first year living on campus, while some LLCs are intended just for first-year students. 

If the LLC has a return-to-living-environment, students must earn eligibility to LiveOn for the next academic year. Eligibility is based on participation in designated events and other requirements, and will be discussed during LLC meetings. 

Students who are eligible to return to the LLC must Request Housing between 12:00 p.m. (noon) October 1 and 12:00 p.m. (noon) October 31. An HFS Contract offer for the LLC will be made in November, and must be accepted before the offer expiration date. Review the LiveOn Housing Process timeline to view the specific date that LLC offers will be made.

Is there an additional cost for participating in a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

There is no additional cost to participate in a Living Learning Community (LLC). However, pricing may vary depending on the location of the LLC. Be sure to check the Room & Board Rates for the specific location of the selected LLC.

What is the deadline for first-year students to apply for a Living Learning Community (LLC)

To be considered for placement in the LLC, first-year students should indicate their interest in the preference section of their Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract by 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) on May 15. The housing preference deadline for incoming first-year students has been extended from May 15 to 12:00 p.m. (noon) Monday May 20.

Some LLCs require a secondary application. The Living Learning Communities (LLCs) website had more information on specific housing areas and buildings for the communities and includes information if a secondary application is required.