Learning Communities

UNC Charlotte’s Learning Community Program has transformed the way students live, learn, and succeed in their academic endeavors for over 10 years. We find that Learning Communities help students transition through academic and social challenges by providing small, supportive living and learning environments. You will interact closely with UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and peer mentors through areas of common interest, enroll in two or more of the same courses and in many cases live together in the same residence hall. You will make friends and develop close relationships.

While many Learning Communities are residentially based, some do not require living on campus or living in a specifically designated residence hall. All are one-year programs designed to assist students with their transition to campus life. Fourteen (14) learning communities are for freshmen and two are specifically designed for transfers.

Whether you are interested in arts and sciences, business, community service, computing, criminal justice, engineering, English, gender studies, health, history, international relations, leadership, psychology, teaching, or you’re not sure yet, you are likely to find a community of interest. Two pre-existing groups also have Learning Communities: Building Educational Strengths and Talents (B.E.S.T.) and University Transitions Opportunity Program (UTOP).

Established in 2001, UNC Charlotte now has 16 different options for new students. Some learning communities are residential and others are non-residential. Many of the initial learning communities have grown rapidly in size. Current communities range in size from less than 20 students to over 200 students.


To support UNC Charlotte’s commitment to student learning, the Learning Community Program seeks to enhance undergraduates' first year experience by providing all interested students dynamic, focused communities which promote growth and learning through curricular and co-curricular activities.


To increase students’ academic success, learning, and engagement by creating communities of students and faculty/staff through common courses, curricular innovations and co-curricular activities based on a major, theme, or interest. A learning community is an academic program designed to meet this mission.


Organizational Structure
The Learning Community Program is co-sponsored by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and will have one primary contact from each Division. A Learning Community Program Steering Committee, composed of faculty, staff and students representing Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, is responsible for oversight of the Learning Community Program.

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