Frequently Asked Questions
Why LLCs 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 (but no Slytherins at USD!). Many of our peer institutions have very successful LLCs and others are adopting them in the next few years. By linking USD’s core curriculum to specific themes, such as social justice, sustainability, and spirituality, students can examine issues from multiple perspectives. National studies have shown that students in living 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 living learning communities overall experience a more seamless transition to college.
- What are the benefits of participating in an LLC?
- Do all students participate in the LLCs?
- Where can I learn more about the LLCs at USD?
- 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 preceptorial?
- How do I select an LLC on my Freshman Advising Questionnaire?
- How do I coordinate the preferencing of my top 3 LLC theme and my top 10 preceptorial courses?
- Can I choose my roommate?
- When should I complete my housing application?
- What do current LLC students say about their experience?
- Can I be in the Maher Scholars program and an LLC?
- Where can I find more information about housing?
Students living in LLCs make connections from the day they arrive on campus with peers, faculty, resident assistants (RAs), preceptorial assistants (PAs) and others. They participate in curricular and co-curricular activities related to the theme. They share interests, knowledge and experiences with others, and enrich their experience at USD. All this — learning in a small group, getting to know your professors, making connections with classmates and sharing ideas and experiences — helps build your engagement in our community
Yes. 100% of our students are required to participate in the LLC program.
Visit http://www.sandiego.edu/llc, contact us at 619.260.7613, visit the MySanDiego portal, or contact Residential Life at 619.260.4777
First year students not living on campus are welcome to participate in living learning communities. You will be given access to the residence hall (and parking) where the other students participating in your theme are living to facilitate participation in co-curricular events and interaction with classmates. You’ll also be connected to an RA in your theme to make sure you stay linked to informal interactions as well.
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In addition to completing the requirements of the preceptorial course, students participating in living learning communities are invited to engage in co-curricular events offered to explore their theme and make connections between life in and out of the classroom. Some of the events that past participants enjoyed can be found here: www.sandiego.edu/cas/llc/out_and_about.php
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You have the opportunity to provide several preferences for your preceptorial course on your Freshman Advising Questionnaire. By preferencing one (or more) of the LLC preceptorials on your Questionnaire, you will be eligible to participate in a living learning community. The first preceptorials on the Questionnaire are connected to the LLCs and indicate the theme in parenthesis next to the course title. You can choose one of the Natural World; Space, Place and Sound; Sustainability or Social Justice preceptorials if you want to be part on an LLC. To access the Freshman Advising Questionnaire, go to the MySanDiego portal, click the New Student tab and you’ll find the Questionnaire under the MyRegistration channel. For course descriptions, please read the Preceptorial Brochure on the MySanDiego portal.
You will be able to preference your top 3 LLC themes on the Freshman Advising Questionnaire, as well as preferencing your top 10 preceptorial courses. The top 10 preceptorials you list should ALWAYS be in the same 3 LLCs you preferenced.
For example, if you are set on being in the Intersections LLC then Intersections should be your first choice of LLC theme and a handful of the linked courses for Intersections should also be your top 3-5 preceptorial courses. Alternatively, if you are most interested in having a Biology preceptorial course, you should look at the LLC themes that have Biology preceptorial courses, and list those themes as your top 3, then indicate Biology courses in those 3 themes are ranked as your top preceptorial courses.
Part of the housing application includes providing information about your personal, academic and social preferences in your living environment. Residential Life uses that information to create compatible roommate matches for all first year students. So whether or not you choose to live in an LLC, you do not choose your roommate yourself. Residential Life invests a significant amount of time to create compatible roommate matches based on the information you provide. One advantage to living in an LLC is that your roommate and your floormates will be interested in the theme (Social Justice, Sustainability, etc.) and so you’ll begin your relationship with something in common. When you live on campus your second year and beyond, you get to choose your roommate.
You indicate your interest in which LLC them you want to participate in through your Freshman Advising Questionnaire so it’s important to fill this out and submit it before your housing application. Your housing assignment will be determined by your LLC theme. To access the online housing application, go to the MySanDiego portal. Under the New Student tab, you’ll find the housing application in the MyHousing channel. Check back for due dates regarding the 2014 application soon.
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The residential component of both the Maher Scholars program and living learning communities is integral to the experience. Residential Life will do their best to assign students interested in both Maher Scholars and LLCs to Maher hall but this is not guaranteed.
Please visit Residential Life's webpage for additional information regarding on-campus housing.