Learning Communities

Chancellor with students

Learning Communities are groups of students with shared interest, major or career goals that attend classes and co-curricular events together. This supportive environment assist you in establishing relationships with faculty and staff, building friendships with fellow students and to achieve your academic and personal goals. 

UNC Pembroke offers seven unique Learning Communities with a wide range of topics. Learning Communities help new students connect to campus and ease their transition to UNC Pembroke.  UNC Pembroke is the place for you, no matter your interest.

  • The Maynor Honors College Living Learning Community*
  • Leadership Living Learning Community* 
  • Business Learning Community
  • Strengthening Our Ties: American Indian Learning Community 
  • Healthy Braves Learning Community
  • First Generation Learning Community 
  • Pre-Health Profession Learning Community 

If there is an asterisk, then the learning community is a residential community and you are required to live on campus. 

Application Process 

All first-year students are encourage to apply for a community that fits them. The deadline to apply is April 23, 2018. While the application process is competitive we strive to place all students interested in a Learning Community. Students will be notified by Mid-May if they are accepted into a community.

For general questions and information please contact Todd Allen, Assistant Director of New Student Programs at todd.allen@uncp.edu.

Business Learning Community

The Business Learning Community will help foster a sense of belonging for incoming business students to help promote a successful college lifestyle through shared curriculum, mentoring, tutoring and extracurricular activities.

There will be weekly study sessions to allow students to come together, work on course materials and become more prepared for their classes. The learning community will also create a mentorship component where students are matched with upper level juniors/seniors that will help guide them through their academic career and give personal insight to student success in UNC Pembroke’s School of Business.  There will also be opportunities to engage with the dean, faculty, and community business leaders one-on-one. These opportunities will stimulate growth and experiences in which students can carry throughout their academic career. There will be annual business-focused, traveling opportunities for the students to gain hands on experience with their peers and mentors within the learning community. Through this community, students will have a well-rounded experience that can benefit them beyond the 2 year program for success throughout their academic career.

Connected Courses:  

Fall: Freshman Seminar, College Algebra                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Spring: Microeconomics, Introduction to Business 

Leadership Learning Community (required on campus housing)

The Leadership Living Learning Community (LLC) is an opportunity for a select group of first year students to live and study together learning about leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based, and relational process of people in a supportive community creating positive change.

The Leadership LLC will:

  • accelerate your connection with the campus community
  • expand your leadership capacity
  • enhance your potential for success at UNCP and beyond
  • guarantee access to UNCP's suite style residence hall - Cypress Hall and
  • provide other opportunities exclusive to your participation in the Leadership LLC

Participants will be expected to:

  • Live in the LLC Community on campus (5th floor Cypress Hall)
  • Develop a personalized leadership plan
  • Participate in weekly leadership seminars (Tuesdays 3:30-5pm)
  • Attend exclusive events with access to campus and community leaders
  • Take select classes with other first year Leadership LLC students

Connected Courses:

Fall: Freshman Seminar, Composition 1050, General Education History                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spring: Learning Community Class, Composition 1060, Psychology 1010

The Maynor Honors College Living Learning Community (required on campus housing)

New honors students take classes together their first semester and are housed together as a Living Learning Community (LLC) in the 1st and 2nd floors of Oak Hall. The honors college LLC is among the most robust living learning communities on campus and is home to all first-year honors college students. Oak Hall is centrally located on campus and contains a vibrant community of friends and scholars.

Connected Courses:

Fall: Freshman Seminar, Honors Course                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Spring: Honors Course

Strengthening Our Ties: American Indian Learning Community (AILC) 

Students in Strengthening Our Ties (American Indian Learning Community) will be part of a unique community that focuses on the intellectual, spiritual, historical, cultural, and political traditions of Native peoples. AILC students will discuss contemporary indigenous issues and engage in American Indian life, personal understanding, historical events, and nurture conversation among a diverse group of students. This is a commuter-friendly, non-residential learning community that provides resources and support for first-year students to be successful at UNC Pembroke.

Connected Courses:

Fall: Freshman Seminar, Strategies for Success, Intro to American Indian Studies                                                                                                                                                                                             Spring: American Indian Literature

Healthy Brave Learning Community

The Health Brave LC is an opportunity for students interested in maintaining and improving their well-being through a holistic approach to living and learning. It incorporates activities that help students define and fulfill their personal needs and interests in various wellness dimensions, including intellectual, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, vocational and environmental.


  • identify, understand and incorporate into their lifestyle a personal definition of wellness that integrates mind, body and spirit
  • understand the implact and ramifications of lifestyle choices both from a personal and community perspective 
  • take leadership roles and share the responsbility of planning, creating and engaging in learning community activities 
  • challenge themselves, through healthful living practices, to strive for wholeness and balance in their lives. 


  • participate in group data collection process utilizing monitoring technology (FitBit)
  • develop a personalized wellness plan 
  • participate in weekly group activitiy (Tuesday 4-5 p.m.)
  • Attend university sponsored events with the group to expand social engagement opportunities
  • take select classes with other first year Healthy Brave LC students

Connected Courses:

Fall: Freshmen Seminar 1000,  Wellness and Fitness
Spring: Principles of Health and Fitness Promotion, Physical Conditioning 

First Brave: First Generation Learning Community

First Brave: First Generation Learning Community provides an opportunity for first generation college students to receive the support they need to be successful at UNC Pembroke. This community provides academic resources, support and engaging social activities (on and off campus) to help students in their transition to UNC Pembroke. Students will be able to interact with first generation faculty and staff members.  

*You are a first generation student if neither parent graduated with a four year college degree.

Connected Courses:

Fall: Introduction to Sociology, Freshman Seminar 1000
Spring: Strategies for Success 

Pre-Health Professions Learning Community

The Pre-Health Professions Learning Community will help foster and provide an understanding of the pre-health professional curriculums and requirements for professional school programs, while promoting a sense of belonging for incoming pre – health professional students. We aim to promote a successful college lifestyle through shared curriculum, mentoring, tutoring, advising and extracurricular activities. Students will engage in professional networking activities and become members of the Health Careers Club.

 The Pre- Health Professions LC will:

  • provide mentorship from upper level juniors/seniors to help guide you through your academic career and give personal insight to student success and opportunities
  • expose students to professional school requirements
  • provide an opportunity for strategic academic and professional advisement
  • promote internship, certification, and research opportunities
  • leadership and scholarship opportunities
  • stimulate growth, understanding and experiences necessary to all Pre-Health Professional students
  • provide professional test exposure


  • develop strong study habits and skills
  • essential academic deportment, necessary of all Pre-Health Students
  • participate and become an active member in the Health Careers Club (HCC) meetings (Tuesdays 4 – 5 p.m.)
  • attend service and outreach sponsored by the HCC
  • take select courses with other first year Pre – Health Professions LC students

Connected Courses:  
Fall: Freshmen Seminar 1000,  Introduction to Biology and Lab
Spring: General Chmeistry and Lab