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Living Learning Communities

As you consider academic opportunities, we encourage you to look into KU’s learning communities.

First Year Experience sponsors residential learning communities that explore an aspect of KU — its history, leadership opportunities, athletics, or other topics — in a two-credit hour section of KU’s Orientation seminar, or UNIV 101, specially designed to help students in your residence hall get to know and plan for life at KU and beyond. (Requirements include living in the residence hall in which the course is offered.)
KU Student Housing also makes these living learning communities available:
  • Honors Program (Templin): This community is for KU Honors Program students. All Templin residents must maintain a competitive GPA.
  • Engineering (Self): This voluntary community brings together first-year engineering and computing students for social and enrichment opportunities.
  • Journalism (Hashinger): The journalism community will be built around career exploration, resource development and academic success.

Honors Program Residents │ Templin Hall

Members of the KU Honors Program enjoy living with other students who emphasize academic achievement. There is a classroom on Templin's first floor, and nearby is Nunemaker Center, home to the KU Honors Program. Templin is also adjacent to Daisy Hill Commons, which contains classroom and study spaces. E-mail the KU Honors Program with questions. All Templin residents must maintain a competitive GPA.

Engineering Learning Community │ Self Hall

The School of Engineering offers an engineering learning community for freshmen. This voluntary program brings together engineering and computing students for social and enrichment opportunities. Students select floors 00 and 01 in Self Hall to live with other engineering students. They are required to enroll in a weekly seminar, ENGR 101: Engineering Student Success. For information, see the ELC website.

Hashinger Center for the Creative Arts │ Hashinger Hall

Although this is not a formal learning community, Hashinger Hall is home to the Center for the Creative Arts. From special guests such as internationally known artists, to open mic nights, and coffee house performances featuring music, poetry and comedy, Hashinger offers something for anyone who enjoys the arts.

Hawk Link provides support for new Jayhawks navigating your first two years at the University of Kansas. Our program is intentionally crafted to support students of color, queer students and undocumented students. The living learning community is exclusively for program participants, and its components include living in Hashinger Hall or a gender-inclusive housing option, and taking a section of American Studies 110. Through participation in our living learning community you will have the opportunity to build a cohort that fosters a strong sense of belonging.


Learning Community – American Studies 110

During your first semester, enroll in a section of AMS 110 taught by Dr. Clarence Lang exclusively for the Hawk Link cohort. AMS 110 is an interdisciplinary introduction to individual and group identities. In this class, you will explore theories and methods relating to identity from various perspectives, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and region. This course fulfills a degree requirement for all undergraduate students.



  • Academic support in form of academic advising and free tutoring
  • Experiential and service learning opportunities
  • Professional and social seminars
  • Networking opportunities
  • Early move-in program
  • Lasting relationships with peers, faculty and staff

Application Process: Learn more about the program and apply for fall 2018. Call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 785-864-4350 with any questions.

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More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
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