What is a Living Learning Community?

Living–Learning Communities (LLCs) offer students the benefit of living with others who share similar academic or special interests.

At ESU, our LLCs serve as the hub of activities beyond the classroom, promoting student engagement through meaningful dialogue and activities critical to their academic and personal success.

Faculty from various disciplines work with residence life staff to plan and implement programming and academic initiatives for LLCs throughout the academic year.

Students within the LLC benefit from events specific to the LLC theme, leadership development opportunities, guest speakers, and much more.

Living–Learning Communities (LLCs) offer students the benefit of living with others who share similar academic or special interests.

At ESU, our LLCs serve as the hub of activities beyond the classroom, promoting student engagement through meaningful dialogue and activities critical to their academic and personal success.

Faculty from various disciplines work with residence life staff to plan and implement programming and academic initiatives for LLCs throughout the academic year.

Students within the LLC benefit from events specific to the LLC theme, leadership development opportunities, guest speakers, and much more.

Gen One


female student smiling during meetingESU’s GenOne LLC fosters academic achievement, personal development, and campus involvement for entering, first-generation (the first in their immediate family to attend college) students.

All first-generation students are welcome.

Students learn about transitioning to ESU and university life while developing friendships with peers from diverse backgrounds and identities.

Residents live together on the same floor in Lenape Hall and become an integral part of a support network including academic tutors, faculty advisors, and peer mentors.

  • Programming: Early move-in to Lenape Hall, Effective Study Techniques, Leadership Skills, Career Development, Financial Literacy, and of course lots of fun: Movie Nights, Outings & Trips, Service Learning, and more.
  • Students in this LLC: First Generation College Students
  • Student/Affiliated Organizations: Residence Hall Association, Men of Color Alliance, Women of Color Initiative.

STEM and Honors LLC


two male students and one female student standing with name tags onThe STEM Program's LLC and the University Honors Program's LLC have both been located in Laurel Hall for more than two decades. (We note that many residents are, in fact, members of both the STEM Program and the University Honors Program.)

The foundational piece of these two Laurel Hall-located LLCs is a community-wide commitment to high academic achievement.

Residents in these two LLCs eagerly pursue their academic goals, supported by their fellow residents, staff members, and faculty members who regularly schedule academic events in Laurel Hall.

Laurel Hall has the situational advantage of being only steps away from the university's main academic building, Stroud Hall.

This means, in effect, that a student's daily journey from residence hall to classroom only takes about two minutes.

  • Programming: Shared Coursework, Career Development Sessions, Research Project, Networking Programs, Priority Registration, Study Sessions.
  • Students in this LLC: Residents within this community study Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Psychology.
  • Student/Affiliated Organizations: University Honors Program

College of Health Sciences


female student meeting other studentsESU’s College of Health Sciences LLC hosts mandatory study sessions, department programs, and academic enrichment for students affiliated with health science programs.

This LLC is located in Hemlock Suites.

  • Students eligible for this LLC: Students within the College of Health Sciences who are committed to participation, collaboration, and academic success.
  • Programming: Mandatory study sessions, Team building experiences (such as The Escape Room), Game night, Hikes in Delaware Water Gap, Survival guide for College of Health Sciences Freshman, Snow tubing, Recognition dinner, Christmas gingerbread house competition, Leadership development and more.
  • Student/Affiliated Organizations: Athletic Training Student Club; Autism Speaks; Campus Rec and Wellness; Colleges Against Cancer; Community Health Organization (CHO); Exercise Science Club; Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP); Eta Sigma Gamma; Iota Tau Alpha; Sigma Phi Omega; Health and Physical Education Club; National Student Speech, Language, Hearing Association, Sign Language Club; Powerlifting Club; Pre-Physician Assistant Club; Professional Therapeutics Club; and many more clubs and sports teams.

Sociology/Criminal Justice/Social Work


student giving powerpoint presentation standing in front of screenThe Sociology/Criminal Justice/Social Work LLC is focused on providing support for students within these majors through educational and social programming, study hours, and other academic engagements.

This LLC is housed in Laurel Hall.

Students in this LLC: Students majoring in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work.

  • Programming: Semester Kick-Off Events, Advising Sessions, Lecture Series, Resume Workshops
  • Student/Affiliated Organizations: Sociology, Social Work & Criminal Justice Club, Sociology Honor Society – Alpha Kappa Delta International (AKD), Sociodrama Ensemble

Global Living


 demale student standing giving a presentationThe Global LLC provides the opportunity for ESU students to be placed with other students from diverse cultural backgrounds and various countries.

Residents will be able to interact with students from many parts of the world through participation in social events, dinners, discussions, faculty mentorships, and residential programs.

This community, located in Laurel Hall, is a dynamic place for students to enhance their intercultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills.

  • Students in this LLC: International and Domestic Students Immersed in Cultural Learning.
  • Programming: Participation in student conference and research-focused events, development of interpersonal skills, professional career development, after graduation for which these interpersonal skills are invaluable.
  • Student/Affiliated Organizations: Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary

Transfer Student (BTG)


student sitting in lounge being greeted by student leaderThe Transfer Student LLC, better known as Bridging the Gap (BTG), helps transfer students acclimate to ESU through its vibrant residential experience.

BTG is housed in Hawthorn Suites, as the majority of our transfer students are upper-class and interested in the shared living lifestyle.

  • Students in this LLC: Transfer Students
  • Programming: Transfer Student Social, Haunted Hayride, Leadership Series.
  • Student/Affiliated Organizations: Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary.

Contact Us

The Residential and Dining Services department is our central office. We are open normal business hours in Hemlock Suites, but in case of an emergency, please contact University Police at (570) 422-3064.

Hours of Operation

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed for federal holidays

Contact Information

Campus Address
Hemlock Suites, South Wing
Phone:
(570) 422-3460
Fax:
(570) 422-3952 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Director, Residential & Dining Services
Name
Curtis Dugar