Transitioning to college can be overwhelming in more ways than one. Choosing a major, registering for classes and meeting new people are just a few of the stress factors that freshmen face every year.
The Learning Community program, offered by First Year Experience at Auburn, can make this transition easier and help students find their place at Auburn. Learning communities are cohorts comprised of 25 first-year students that have a major or similar academic interest in common. These students take several classes together including some core curriculum courses, an introductory major course and a first-year seminar course.
Students have found Learning Communities to be a factor in their success at Auburn. Auburn graduate Hannah White said her time in the Healthy Living Learning Community helped her adjust to college and easily find study partners. (Photo, left: Auburn University Learning Communities)
“Being in a Learning Community helped with my classes freshmen year because it made me more comfortable seeing familiar faces in almost all of my classes,” White said. “Starting college was intimidating and sometimes scary but when I recognized some faces right off the bat, it eased some of the anxiety.”
Learning Communities offer many other benefits for students such as learning more about majors, connecting with faculty members and advisors in certain colleges, and learning about resources to get involved on campus. Students are also able to pre-register for fall and spring classes.
Some Learning Communities revolved around majors include Agriculture, Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Nursing. Other special topic Learning Communities include Community and Civic Engagement, Global Perspectives, Photography and Pre-Law. Auburn graduate Morgan Morris was involved in the Exploring Majors and Careers Learning Community. (Photo, right: Auburn University Learning Communities)
“My learning community was for all of us who had no clue what major we wanted to go after,” Morris said. “I loved it because and it helped me decide what I wanted to major in, and it was great to have classes and talk with students who were in the same boat as me.”
Learning Community applications are available beginning in March before the fall semester begins. Registration is open through Camp War Eagle. Enrollment is determined by a first-come, first-served basis.
“I would definitely recommend learning communities to incoming freshmen,” White said. “It will help you meet people and become adjusted to college life. I am still friends with people that were in my Learning Community today.”
For more information and to find out about the different types of Learning Communities, visit www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/undergrad_studies/learning_communities. To sign up for a learning community, call the office at (334)844-5721 or email LC@auburn.edu.
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