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.

General FAQs

  • What is a Living Learning Community (LLC)?
  • What are the benefits of participating in a Living Learning Community (LLC)?
  • Do all students participate in Learning Communities?
  • What will be required of me when I'm assigned an LLC?
  • I identify as part of the LGBTQ+ and Ally community. What opportunities and resources are there for me in my first year?

LLC Course and Advising FAQs

  • How do I sign up for an LLC?
  • How do I select an LLC on my First-Year Advising Questionnaire?
  • What exactly is an LLC course, and why do I need to take one?
  • How do I coordinate the preferencing of my top themes and my top LLC courses?
  • If I submit my questionnaire before the deadline, am I guaranteed to get my first choice LLC and courses?
  • What is the deadline for applying to an LLC?
  • Does my LLC course have to be in my desired major?
  • I'm pre-health. Does my LLC course need to be a science course?
  • I want to change my LLC course, how do I do that?
  • How do I enroll in the Illuminate Honors LLC?
  • How do I tell what LLC and LLC course I am in?
  • Who is my advisor for my first-year?

Housing and Commuter FAQs

  • Which LLC Themes are in which Residence Halls?
  • Which LLC themes are open to commuter students?
  • How can I participate if I don't live on campus?
  • How is my housing assigned?
  • How do I access my housing application, and when should I complete it by?
  • Can I choose my roommate?
  • Where can I find more information about housing?