Frequently Asked Questions

Why Learning Communities at USD?

Anybody who has read the Harry Potter books and knows about the four houses at Hogwarts understands the importance of forming communities with students of similar interests and personalities. By linking USD's core curriculum to specific themes, such as Advocate, Collaborate, Cultivate, Illuminate, and Innovate, students can examine issues from multiple perspectives. National studies have shown that students in learning communities demonstrate stronger academic achievement, and are more invested in and connected to the campus community. By taking part in activities, using campus resources, and interacting with faculty, students in learning communities experience an overall more seamless transition to college.

  • What are the benefits of participating in a Living Learning Community (LLC)?
  • Do all students participate in Learning Communities?
  • Which LLC Themes are in which Residence Halls?
  • How can I participate if I don't live on campus?
  • How do I sign up for an LLC?
  • What will be required of me when I'm assigned an LLC?
  • What is the deadline for applying to an LLC?
  • How do I select an LLC on my First-Year Advising Questionnaire?
  • How do I coordinate the preferencing of my top themes and my top LLC courses?
  • Can I choose my roommate?
  • How do I access my housing application, and when should I complete it by?
  • Where can I find more information about housing?
  • I identify as part of the LGBTQ+ and Ally community. What opportunities and resources are there for me in my first year?