Living Learning Communities

A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of people who traditionally live on the same residence hall and share a similar academic or personal interest. LLC’s at UNC Asheville offer students the opportunity to engage in an intentional community experience with like-minded individuals. Students involved in LLC’s will have the chance to live, study, and participate in programming that is specifically based on their joint interests. Additionally, all participants of an LLC will share in a curricular connection with their hall mates, which may include, but is not limited to, a joint class or workshop series.

Research shows that students who participate in LLC’s tend to have higher rates of student involvement outside of the classroom, increased academic achievement, increased academic and social support networks, and higher rates of retention.

How To Apply to an LLC

You can apply to an LLC via your housing application. The housing application can be found through Oneport in the Housing Portal.  If you're having difficulty or have questions about the application, please contact us at reslife@unca.edu or 828-251-6700.

Have questions about LLCs?

Contact our office at reslife@unca.edu.

Gen 1 LLC

Limited spaces remain!

  • Serves: First Year 
  • Location: Founders Hall 3rd Floor
  • Joint Class: none
  • Requirements: Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

The Gen 1 Living-Learning Community is a residential community designed for new first-generation college students, being students whose parents have not received a 4 year degree, and traditional first year students who feel that they may benefit from intentional college preparedness programming. Gen 1 aims to ease the transition into college by providing a structured living community and resources to promote a student's success at UNC Asheville. The community fosters social interaction and peer connection through shared experiences. Support comes in the form of study sessions and tutoring in the residence hall as well as educational workshops facilitated by faculty and staff members, and prioritized placement for campus employment (if desired).

What Will I Get Out of Living in this Community?

Academic Support:

  • Workshops facilitated by faculty and staff on a variety of topics (study abroad, internship opportunities, financial aid etc.).
  • Organized study sessions focused on common first year classes and located in the students residence hall.
  • Common exam review sessions located in the residence hall.
  • Dinner with faculty members.
  • Frequent monitoring of student academic performance.
  • Participation in service learning activities.

Social Support

  • Social outings to assist students in exploring campus opportunities.
  • Additional evening and overnight quiet hours to maximize study time.
  • Live-in peer mentors to provide support after hours.

Land of Sky LLC

Students participating in the Gen 1 LLC will live in Founders Hall.

 

The Cloud - Computer Science & Atmospheric Science LLC

The Cloud LLC is currently at capacity.

  • Serves: First year & Upperclassman students
  • Location: Ponder Hall 4th Floor
  • Joint Class: CSCI 178 - for first-year participants
  • Requirements:
    • Must be a declared or Intended to major in Atmospheric or Computer Science
    • Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

The Cloud LLC is open to Atmospheric Science and Computer Science majors, and offers first-year and upperclassman participants extra-curricular opportunities to develop collaborative and technical skills. Since all members of this LLC are studying in the Atmospheric or Computer Sciences, they share common requirements. This LLC will provide support for these common requirements, as well as additional extracurricular opportunities and programs related to the communities shared interests.

The Cloud LLC

Students participating in The Cloud LLC will live in Ponder Hall and will share in a number of Curricular Connections opportunities, including related workshops for all members.

The Engineering Living Learning Community (ELLC)

The ELLC is currently at capacity.

  • Serves: First year & Upperclassman students
  • Location: Ponder Hall 3rd Floor
  • Joint Class: Engineering 101 (E101) for first-year participants
  • Requirements:
    • Must be a declared or Intended to major in Engineering
    • Must participation in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

UNC Asheville’s ELLC is a community that houses prospective and established engineering students at UNC Asheville. The ELLC offers engineering students the chance to practically engage in the curriculum with classmates and develop study groups and support networks.

ELLC

The community is located in Ponder Hall and offers Curricular Connections through campus skills labs, field trips, on hall tutoring, workshop and social programming with UNCA/NC State faculty, and hall building projects.

LEAD – Community Engagement and Social Responsibility LLC

Limited spaces remain!

  • Serves: First year students
  • Location: West Ridge Hall 3rd Floor
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events
    • Attend LLC retreat(s)

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

The LEAD LLC is a residential community for students interested in learning about social issues and their impact on society, as well as exploring their personal responsibility in identifying and addressing social injustices in the world.

Students participating in this LLC will (1) engage in identity exploration that encourages continual self-awareness, (2) work collaboratively to develop and cultivate their leadership style and skills, and (3) learn multiple strategies for promoting social change using the Social Change Wheel framework in a caring and inclusive community.

 

Students participating in the LEAD LLC will live in West Ridge Hall and will be exposed to a variety of leadership and community engagement opportunities with their hall, including:

  • leadership workshops,
  • social justice coffee hours,
  • LLC retreats,
  • attending or presenting at conferences (i.e. annual Leadership Conference, Queer Studies conference),
  • volunteering on campus and in the Asheville community, and more!

T.L.C. – Transfer Living Community

The TLC is at capacity.

  • Serves: First year UNCA transfer students
  • Location: Gardner Hall
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

The Transfer Living Community was conceived to create a supportive, meaningful, and communal living community for new UNC Asheville transfer students. Students living in this LLC will be part of an inclusive community of similar students, thereby creating opportunities for deeper integration into UNC Asheville life, academically and socially. Speakers, events, and special programs are all possibilities for this endeavor.

TLC LLC

Students participating in the T.L.C. will live in Gardner Hall.

Wanderlust LLC

Limited spaces remain!

  • Serves: All students interested in widening their cultural perspective by seeing how the history of the United States impacts us and our global society.
  • Location: Governors Hall 2nd Floor
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

International Student Services, Residential Education, Housing and Student Life Operations, and the History Department are partnering to create programs and activities that will help students engage more deeply at UNC Asheville and in surrounding communities. It intends to increase both cultural awareness and comfort, and to gain a deeper understanding of how United States history impacts us and our global society. Students who live in this global village are interested in living and interacting with people from different backgrounds who have different experiences and viewpoints, and with individuals from different countries. The community's focus is one of global awareness, understanding, and cross-cultural competence.

This Living Learning Community will support the development of multi-cultural competencies, allow the creation of study groups, and offer additional academic sessions and special programs inside and outside of the classroom. Students in this Living Learning Community will take a joint class, IST 272: "History of Western North Carolina."  This course will survey the geographical, historical, cultural, and social developments of Western North Carolina from the settling of the Cherokee, to the later settlement of the European colonists, to the present.  It will help students understand how they and Western North Carolina fit into the larger global society.  This class will offer co-curricular programs and trips that will enhance the class.

If you are interested in US history, becoming a history major and/or living with international students, this class is for you.

Wanderlust LLC

Students participating in the Wanderlust LLC will live in Governors Hall.

UNC Athens to Rome LLC

Limited spaces remain!

  • Serves: First Year & Upperclassmen students
  • Location: Founders Hall 2nd Floor
  • Joint Class Associated with LLC: Latin 1 (CLAS 101.001 and 101.002)
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

This community is for any student who loves Greek or Roman culture, mythology, history, art or archaeology. Consider this LLC if you loved "Troy" or "Percy Jackson", if you want to learn more about the Latin of Harry Potter, study ancient languages or archaeology. Plan to study abroad in Italy or Greece? You can live with people who share your passion.  Activities may include dinners Greco-Roman style, movies, discussion of archaeology and of modern Greek and Italian culture. Participants may also benefit from study groups for Latin and Greek languages and other culture and art classes. Residents will take Latin 1 (CLAS 101.001 and 101.002) together.

UNC Athens to Rome LLC

Students participating in the UNC Athens to Rome LLC will live in Founders Hall.

THRIVE: First-year Transition LLC

Limited spaces remain!

  • Serves: First year students
  • Location: South Ridge Hall 3rd Floor
  • Requirements:
    • Must participate in monthly hall events
    • Attend LLC retreat(s)
    • Enroll in required 178 (TBA) LLC course

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

The THRIVE LLC is a residential community for first-year students looking for a socially supportive environment to help in a healthy and successful transition to college life at UNC Asheville.

Students in this LLC will (1) think deeply about their reasons for attending college in order to visualize accomplishments at UNC Asheville, (2) set goals and identify campus resources in order to achieve those accomplishments, and (3) learn strategies to promote holistic wellbeing based on the 8 Dimensions of Wellness that will help them thrive through their first-year experience.

 

Students participating in the THRIVE LLC will live in South Ridge Hall, will share a 178 class in the Fall semester with community members, and will be exposed to a variety of academic and social opportunities that will help them form meaningful connections to the campus community, including:

  • strengths identification and personality inventories,
  • goal setting workshops,
  • time management and study skills sessions,
  • group activities and programs to enhance skills in resilience and stress management, and more in partnership with multiple offices and departments on campus!

SANKOFA LLC

  • Serves: First-year students of color and students looking to engage, explore, and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Location: Mills Hall 3rd Floor B Side
  • Joint Class Associated with LLC: AFST178, Thinking From the Margins
  • Requirements: Class enrollment, active participation in programming sponsored by Residential Education, Interdisciplinary and Africana Studies Department, and Office of Multicultural Affairs, etc.

For questions about this LLC, please contact Dr. Melanie Fox, Associate Dean of Students, at mrfox@unca.edu, or Blair Jenkins, Associate Director of Residential Education, at bjenkins@unca.edu.

SANKOFA is an Akan term that means "to return, to go back and get it, to seek". It is the idea that in our past we find the power and strength to create a brighter future, and how we need our past to give us context on how to move forward.

At UNC Asheville, the SANKOFA living learning community is an interdisciplinary and co-curricular program for first-year students of color and students looking to engage, explore, and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through enrollment in AFST 178: Thinking From the Margins, students will develop global and cultural perspectives, and examine structural inequalities and social engagement as they relate to the student experience.

Students will foster a deeper understanding of respect for difference, community building, and leadership development through participation in the following programs:


SANKOFA is not a living learning community for those looking:

  •     For an ego or ethnocentric perspective
  •     To use this as a space for cultural tourism
  •     To be "allies"
  •     To observe and not act

Living and learning in SANKOFA is intended to be a place where students welcome the invitation to learn, embrace, and be open to a new way of seeing the world. It is a place where students can connect with others comfortably and become the best version of themselves, building on historical experiences and perspectives relevant to their true identities.