Living Learning Communities

Your first year is like no other. You are likely to learn more about yourself and your capabilities than at any other time in your life. You will make connections that may last decades, and every moment will be charged with possibility. What better way to nurture yourself than through a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

In Living Learning Communities (LLCs), students who share a common interest live and study together. Not only do LLCs ease your academic and social transition to USD, they expand your intellectual curiosity beyond the classroom, and establish an immediate sense of community with your faculty and fellow residents.

While in an LLC, students take classes together and live near one another, sharing a supercharged college experience where academics meld with exciting co-curricular activities and community engagement, helping to unfurl new understandings in the process. Whether you join us and become a Cultivator, a Collaborator, an Advocate, an Illuminator, or an Innovator, your LLC theme is a way in which you can engage with Changemaking.

Get to know your first-year student leaders. 2019-2020. 2019-2020 First-Year Student Leader Yearbook Learn about the Resident Assistants (RAs) and Scholastic Assistants (SAs) who serve as a collective resource for students during their first year.

Living Learning Community Themes

Advocate LLC Advocate

Social justice in a local and/or global context.

Collaborate LLC Collaborate Civic engagement that leads to a participatory democracy.
Cultivate LLC Cultivate

Think critically. Act mindfully. Build your foundation of sustainability.

Illuminate LLC Illuminate Shining light on the complex realities of the 21st century.
Innovate LLC Innovate

Creativity is the power to see things differently.