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Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

Find a community that's just right for you! 

A student who resides in a Living Learning Community (LLC), formally known as Special Living Options (SLOs), 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.
  • Not in a LLC? Some LCCs allow residential students who live in another building/housing area to participate in activities. For more information, contact the Office of Residence Life.

LIFE House and Engineering and Applied Sciences (EASI) will be discontinued after the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Ally House

Location: Watts Hall, 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 & Architecture House

Location: Leete Hall, North Housing Area

Arts & Architecture House 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 & 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 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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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 educational opportunities that enable students to stay informed about current events in business, society, and the world. Residents get valuable career development advice, learn from affiliated faculty members and guest speakers, and participate in field trips and tours of local businesses.

Business and Society House residents live in North Housing Area, a vibrant community that houses three LLC and is located within walking distance of the Business Administration 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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Discover House

Location: Beaver Hall, Pollock Housing Area

Discover House is a living-learning community designed by the Division of Undergraduate Studies for students who want to make the most of their Penn State experience. In Discover House, a student learns about University opportunities and academic programs so he/she can make an informed choice of major and create an exciting academic plan. Discover House students receive individualized attention from advisers and faculty members, and are offered special programs, courses, and opportunities. It is an ideal environment to begin university life and transition to the on-campus living environment and is open to first-year students in any college. Learn more about Discover House.

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Earth & Mineral Sciences House (EMS)

Location: Irvin Hall, West Housing Area

Residents of the Earth and Mineral Sciences House live in Irvin Hall and develop close relationships with faculty from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences while learning more about geography, energy, meteorology, and the geosciences. Field trips, house dinners, guest lectures, and intramural sports are just a few of the educational and social opportunities available to members.

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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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Engineering House (E-House)

Location: McKee Hall, West Housing Area

This Living Learning Community gives engineering students the opportunity to interact with faculty from the College of Engineering and other professionals who work in the field. Residents also learn about the resources and services the college offers 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 in Education

Location: Sproul Hall, East Housing Area

First-year students living in this Living Learning Community 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 In Liberal Arts

Location: McKean 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.

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First-Year in 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 students are a part of the Ritner Experience, a multicultural community which offers a variety of programs to help students develop time management and learning skills, and explore the many co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities available at Penn State. FISE students also have in-house tutoring and mentoring services available within the residence hall.

In addition to indicating FISE as a preference on the HFS Contract, a secondary application must be completed and submitted, including an essay, by May 15

  • Secondary Application Required!
  • Students enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Eberly College of Science, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences: FISE General Application
  • Students enrolled in the College of Engineering: Engineering Application
  • The  Housing Assignment Office does not select the first-year participants assigned to FISE. Mutual roommate requests will only be honored if space permits.
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First-Year Veterans

Location: Dunham Hall, 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 will give veteran students a space to transition to college with others sharing a similar experience, take a first-year seminar course with others you live with, and engage in a social community with non-traditionally aged college students.

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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Gender Neutral Housing

Location: Multiple

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

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Global Engagement Community

Location: Beaver Hall, Pollock Housing Area

The Global Engagement Community Living Learning Community promotes a dynamic exchange of global and local perspectives at Penn State. Students have access to interactive and intercultural learning opportunities and activities. Additionally, students can build meaningful intercultural peer relationships with both international and domestic students on the floor. Furthermore, students can create and participate in global awareness service projects.

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Health and Human Development

Location: Beaver Hall, Pollock Housing Area

This Living Learning Community is closely affiliated with the College of Health and Human Development and is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a health-related major, as well as students who are committed to healthy living. Residents strive to create a balanced lifestyle and achieve physical, emotional, social, academic, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. Yoga, stress management, nutrition, and physical fitness programs are offered to residents.

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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 ist.psu.edu/education/environ/life/res, 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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Lion LaunchPad (Entrepreneurship)

Location: Leete Hall, North Housing Area

Lion LaunchPad (Entrepreneurship) is a tight-knit living learning community that places first - and second-year students at the heart of the entrepreneurial community: connecting student startups, local entrepreneurs, and changemakers to fuel creativity and innovation. The Lion LaunchPad (LLP) Makerspace is housed within a private, limited access space in Leete Hall, which is accessible only to students who are part of this community. Weekly meetings, expert guest speakers, and field trips are all part of the culture of this LLC.

Also, within that space, students are encouraged to experiment and test hypotheses to develop meaningful outcomes and possible prototypes. Lion LaunchPad may provide resources and access to a network of mentors for each step along the way. Students may begin exploring their own startup ideas using resources found in the LLP Makerspace. Since product development in the Makerspace is limited to prototyping, once a viable value-added proposition is confirmed, then LLP resources will continue to help with mentoring, and introduction to alternate campus resources for launch.

Lion LaunchPad is one part of the bigger Lion LaunchPad student accelerator program sponsored by the Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship in the Office of Undergraduate Education and in collaboration with the Smeal College of Business, the Penn State Teaching and Learning With Technology office and the Invent Penn State initiative. First-year students of any major (or Department of Undergraduate Studies) are encouraged to apply to reside in Lion LaunchPad. The diversity of perspectives and backgrounds in Lion LaunchPad leads to intriguing and exciting ideas. Students may choose to stay in this living learning community through their sophomore year.

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.

· Open to first-year students at any college and returning Lion LaunchPad members

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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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Sophomore Year Experience (SYE)

Location: Beaver Hall, Pollock Housing Area

Students living in this special Living Learning Community will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and experiences focused on the particular needs associated with the sophomore year. During this transitional time members of the community will have a chance to explore issues of personal growth and identity, self-discovery and responsibility, leadership and mentoring, and cultivation of positive relationships. Special enrichment topics throughout the academic year may include career guidance; planning for study abroad; involvement in student activities; availability of services; acquiring financial assistance; as well as others, based on the needs of the particular students represented in the current year's SYE cohort.

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Wellness Community

Location: Stone Hall, East Housing Area

The Wellness Community provides first-year students an opportunity to participate in an active and engaging living environment. The Wellness Community will provide students a holistic approach to wellness, student success and well-being, and the pursuit life-long health. The Wellness Community will provide students opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation, intramural sports, mindfulness activities, community service, and free Wellness Services from the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. Stone Hall is located adjacent to the IM Building, which offers four gyms, a variety of court sports such as basketball or volleyball, a climbing wall, and fitness classes.

The Wellness Community is affiliated with AURORA: Penn State's Outdoor Orientation Program. The AURORA Program has offered students a distinct entrance into Penn State through a five-day wilderness backpacking program before the fall semester begins. AURORA provides students the opportunity to explore new places, learn new skills, and make great memories. Participation in AURORA is not required for students living in the Wellness Community, but students are encouraged to explore this program as a way to get an early start on the Wellness Community experience.

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Women In Science & Engineering (WISE) House

Location: Ritner Hall, Pollock Housing Area

WISE House is designed to give women students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields a supportive living environment to help participants make it through these challenging and predominantly male majors. As members of WISE House, residents benefit from educational programming, social activities, career networking, academic assistance, and leadership opportunities all while living and networking with other women in similar fields of study. This LLC is affiliated with the University’s Women in the Sciences and Engineering Institute. WISE House is open to any female student, but preference is given to students in the colleges of AG, EMS, ENGR, HHD, IST, and SCI or those with intensive math and science requirements for their degree.

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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, who 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: 814-865-7543
  • Mark Rameker, Senior Director, Residence Life: 814-863-1710

 

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