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What is a learning community?

A learning community is a group of 15 or 30 first-year students who share common interests, take classes together, live on the same floor and participate in activities together throughout the year. It is a place for students to connect with one another, become engaged in all Fort Hays State University has to offer,and belong to a supporting community. Check out all the learning community options for Fall 2017 HERE. You can also take this fun quiz to help determine which community is right for you!

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Why should I join a learning community?

No matter how prepared you feel, adjusting to college life can be a challenge. You may be away from home, far from friends, and adjusting to college classes that demand more time and effort than high school. By joining a learning community you have the opportunity to:

  • Get to know a small group of students and faculty well.
  • Have preferential room placement in the NEW Wiest Replacement Hall (temporary name) with fellow learning community members.
  • Early move-in before the arrival of the rest of the freshman class.
  • Ready-made study groups with other members of your community.
  • Get to know faculty mentors outside the classroom.
  • Enjoy a wide variety of groups, campus, and community activities.

Learning community students also have a higher average GPA than students who do not participate in a learning community. Additionally, students in learning communities also state that they feel greater satisfaction with student-faculty interaction and a greater sense of campus support.

If this sounds interesting and you still have questions, please contact us.

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How do I join a learning community?

Sign-up for a learning community is connected to your Residential Life housing application through TigerTracks, which opens November 7, 2016. Spots are limited and fill quickly. Last year many of our communities had a waiting list. The priority deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

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