Learning Communities are groups of students with shared interests, major or career goals that attend classes and co-curricular events together. This supportive environment assists you in establishing relationships with faculty and staff, building friendships with fellow students and achieving your academic and personal goals.
UNC Pembroke offers eight 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. All first-year students are encouraged to apply for a community that fits them. While the application process is competitive, we strive to place all students interested in a Learning Community.
2021-2022 Learning Community LATE Application
(The post deadline application will be shared as soon as possible. We are currently processing applicants that submitted before the deadline of June 30, 2021. Students applying after this date risk not being able to live with their learning community in Oak Hall. You can still participate living in another residence hall or as a commuter student!)
For general questions and information, please contact Todd Allen, Director of New Student Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
F1RST BRAVE: First Generation Learning Community
F1RST 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 partners with the the UNC Pembroke TRiO Student Support Services program to provide academic resources, support and engaging social activities (on and off campus-when available) 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.
Participants will be expected to:
- Be an active participant of the UNCP TRiO Student Support Services Program
- Attend social and academic programs
Fall: English 1050, Freshman Seminar 1000
Dr. Michelle Fazio, English Department
Sponsored by TRiO Student Support Services
Future Braves Nursing Living Learning Community
Freshmen will have the opportunity to live and study together while working toward admission into the Upper Division Nursing Program. Students will live in a common dorm, participate in special events and have fun activities planned for them throughout the year. A special section of UNV 1000 will be offered with a focus specifically on nursing. Curricular and co-curricular experiences will be integrated to foster an engaging learning and social environment to enhance student success and retention.
The community will provide a way for students, faculty and staff to interact and build a community of future Braves nurses.
Fall: Freshman Seminar 1000, Psychology 1010
Rachel Morrison, Associate Professor, Psychology
Sponsored by Department of Nursing
Leadership Learning Community
UNC Pembroke believes that leadership is not a role or position, but a set of skills that anyone can learn and improve. The leadership learning community (LLC) is an opportunity for incoming first-year students to live and study together, while learning about leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based, and relational process of people in a supportive community creating positive change.
This program was established in 2010 at UNC Pembroke's first learning community, and has produced many notable alumni who have gone on to make an incredibly meaningful impact on the University and local communities. Members of the community gain access to many specialized opportunities for hands-on learning, exclusive receptions with campus and community leaders, and mentors who help foster deep connections with the community.
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—Oak Hall; and
- provide other opportunities exclusive to your participation in the Leadership LLC.
Participants will be expected to:
- develop a personalized leadership plan;
- participate in weekly leadership seminars;
- attend exclusive events with access to campus and community leaders; and
- take select classes with other first-year Leadership LLC students.
Fall: Freshman Seminar, Composition 1050, General Education History
Sponsored by Campus Engagement and Leadership
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 a 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; and
- provide professional test exposure.
Participants are expected to:
- 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; and
- take select courses with other first-year Pre-Health Professions LC students.
Fall: Freshman Seminar 1000, Introduction to Biology and Lab, MAT 1070
Sponsored by the Health Careers Access Program (HCAP)
UNCP Biz: Business Learning Community
The UNCP Bizz 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. These opportunities will stimulate growth and experiences in which students can carry throughout their academic career. There will be business focused activities that will allow students to gain hands on experience with their peers and mentors within the learning community. There will also be opportunities to engage with the dean, faculty and community business leaders one-on-one.
Members in this learning community will be able to have a jump start on their business passport, a graduation requirement for business majors, through co-curricular initiatives and programs.
Fall: Freshman Seminar, ENTR 2000- Innovation, DSC 2090- Spreadsheets and Database
Susan Peters, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Business
Sponsored by the School of Business
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.
Fall: Freshman Seminar, Intro to American Indian Studies
Spring: AIS/HST 1100 (American Indian History to 1865)
Fall 2: American Indian Literature
Jane Haladay, Professor, American Indian Studies
Gender & Sexuality: LGBTQ+ Learning Community
The Gender and Sexuality: LGBTQ+ Learning Community is composed of students who identify as LGBTQ+, along with allies interested in supporting this group and exploring queer culture. This LC creates a space for immediate connection to other LGBTQ+ members on campus personally, academically, and in terms of activism. Members of this community should expect to practice critical listening and acceptance in personal discussions, while exploring queer history, theory, and culture in coursework.
The Gender and Sexuality: LGBTQ+ LC will work closely with Spectrum (the LGBTQ+ Student Organization) to promote awareness and inclusivity and cultural transformation on campus. Open to ALL UNCP Students!
Fall: UNV 1000 Freshman Seminar, ENG 1050- Composition I; Spring: ENG 1060- Composition II
Elise Dixon, Assistant Professor and Director of Writing Center
The Maynor Honors College Learning Community (Separate Application)
The Esther G. Maynor Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is designed to attract top student scholars by providing an atmosphere that is both academically and personally stimulating. The Honors College offers interdisciplinary seminars and discipline-specific honors courses taught by distinguished faculty members; these courses enhance the general education curriculum, facilitate academic and personal growth, and encourage the interdisciplinary exploration of ideas. Honors students also gain a sense of community through shared residential facilities as well as cultural and service learning programs. The MHC helps students become independent, successful thinkers, researchers, and communicators while simultaneously preparing them to be responsible members of a global society.
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.
For more information about how to apply to be in the Honors College click here: https://www.uncp.edu/academics/colleges-schools/maynor-honors-college/admission-process
Fall: Freshman Seminar, Honors Course, English 1050