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Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

Housing Process

Housing Process

Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming first-year students interested in living in a Living Learning Community (LLC) can indicate the LLC as a preference on the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract in eLiving before the preference modification deadline (noon May 15), after accepting the Offer of Admission and HFS Contract through MyPennState.

The student should indicate the LLC as the preferred preference (instead of roommate or housing type). Space available in some LLCs is limited, and not all students who preference the LLC may be assigned. Some LLCs require an additional application to the college/department.

The following LLCs are designated for first-year students only:

  • Discover House
  • First-year in Education
  • First-year in Liberal Arts
  • First-year in Science and Engineering (FISE)
  • Joint-Service ROTC
  • Paterno Fellows
  • Wellness House

The other LLCs offer a combined first-year and upperclass student living environment.

Current Students

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) have a designated housing space on campus for participating and active members of the LLC. Several LLCs offer students the ability to return to the living environment beyond the first-year, provided the student retains active status with the LLC.

Eligible students who are interested in returning to the LLC will need to Request Housing in eLiving during the request timeframe (noon October 1 - noon October 31). The LLC Housing Chair will provide the active status list to the Housing Assignment Office; students who are in active status and Requested Housing will receive an Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer for the LLC on Thursday November 4. The HFS Contract offer must be accepted by the expiration date of noon Monday November 8. 

If a student is no longer interested in living in the LLC, the student should NOT accept the LLC Contract offer. The offer will expire, and then the student will be eligible to receive an invitation during the housing process, and can select another housing option.  

The following LLCs participate in the Housing Process to allow upperclass students to reside in the LLC designated housing space:

  • ALLY House
  • Arts & Architecture (A&A)
  • Biology Home (BIOME)
  • Business and Society House (BASH)
  • Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS)
  • EARTH House
  • Engineering House (E-House)
  • Forensic Science Interest House
  • Global Engagement Community
  • Health and Human Development House
  • Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
  • Lion LaunchPad
  • Schreyer Honors College Living & Learning Community
  • Sophomore Year Experience
  • Women in Sciences and Engineering (WISE)

Students who accept a HFS Contract for the upcoming academic year and are not currently a part of an LLC but interested in joining the community can add their name to the LLC Housing Option Waitlist, which will open in eLiving at Noon December 1. Students on the Waitlist will be reassigned as vacancies are identified in the LLC. 

Additional Information


Current members of the LLC must meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for a future LLC HFS Contract offer and must be active in the LLC during both fall and spring semesters. Each LLC will have a designated Housing Chair to track eligibility of members. The Housing Chair will also keep students informed of their status. Students who are participating in the LLC and programs will be made eligible to request an LLC HFS Contract the following academic year. If the student requests the LLC, the student will receive a LLC HFS Contract during the timeline, which must be accepted before the offer expiration date.

By accepting the LLC HFS Contract, students are implying their understanding that their room assignment will be made to a room in the LLCs reserved space, unless participation requirements for spring semester are not met.

Students who do not participate in the LLC during the spring semester and are no longer eligible to return to the LLC for the upcoming academic year will be reassigned to supplemental housing in another housing area.

Roommate Preferences

First-year students can indicate a roommate preference on the HFS Contract. Roommate preferences are not guaranteed to be honored, as some LLCs are not able to accommodate roommate preferences due to limited space. Priority is given to accommodate LLC requests for the space, versus assigning roommate pairs for non-members.

Upperclass students are eligible to self-select a room assignment. The dates for self-selection will occur after the Board of Trustees approves room and board rates for the upcoming academic year, generally between February-April. Students will be provided with their self-selection date/time, which will be based on the programmatic needs of the LLC. Some LLCs put students in semester-standing order, while some are based on points earned. Although the LLC HFS Contract will not allow a student to indicate a roommate preference, the students can self-select a room assignment together. Students who do not self-select a room assignment will have a random room assignment processed by the Housing Assignment Office.