Living-Learning and Theme Communities

In Residential Education, we believe students are the innovators, leaders and community builders of the future who deserve a supportive and challenging environment in which to thrive. Living Learning (LLC)/Theme Communities serve as a cornerstone for our work with students, allowing Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to come together in support of the holistic educational experience.

Through collaborative partnerships, we can build vibrant residential learning communities that foster student learning, growth, and development.

What is the difference between a Living Learning Community and Theme Community??

Living-Learning Community:
• Bring academics into the residence halls by placing students with a common interest together on a floor or residence hall section, with access to:
• Have a specifically designated academic component or requirement
• Have faculty/staff that are actively working with the community both inside and outside the classroom
• Have application requirements
• Resident advisors and/or peer mentors assigned to these floors/areas will provide programs for students that are in line with the goals of the LLC community and the residential curriculum
• Continuous communication with the Department of Housing and Residence Life Staff along with upholding the advisor expectations to strengthen the partnership

Themed Community:
• Students share an academic or special interest in common
• Advisors will provide programs for students that are in line with the theme for the community
• Resident advisors assigned to these floors/areas will provide programs for students that are in line with the residential curriculum
• Students living in either type of these communities build even deeper connections to other members in the community, have great access to faculty and to the university, and this often results in better grades and a richer college experience.

Interested in joining an LLC or TC? Make sure to head to the Housing Portal and fill out your interest on your Housing Application by March 15th to be considered!

If you are Faculty / Staff and interested in starting a new LLC / TC, check out the LLC Advisor Handbook and reach out to Dante Hill or Dominique Simmons for more information.


Available Living-Learning Communities and Theme Communities include:

College of Architecture, Art and Design Living-Learning Community (CAAD): Housed in Deavenport Hall, the College of Architecture, Art and Design Community provides first-year students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design an opportunity to live and learn together. With studio-based learning as the principal teaching methodology in the college, this community provides CAAD students a context to network, study, and work together as they acclimatize to this unique learning format. This community also offers proximity to the 24/7 use of our studios in the college. For more information visit: caad.msstate.edu

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Sustain+Ability Living-Learning Community (CALS):  Housed in Cresswell Hall, The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Sustain+Ability Living-Learning Community is for CALS majors interested in promoting sustainability and building relationships with peers. Working with faculty mentors, students will explore CALS career paths and promote sustainability through service-learning projects at the MSU Community Garden. The program offers the potential for future leadership positions (e.g., Ag Ambassadors program) and access to unique scholarship opportunities such as the Waldorf Endowed Scholarship on the Environment, Precision Agriculture Scholarships, and others with a focus on sustainable agricultural systems. Students must be a College of Agriculture and Life Science major to participate in this LLC. For more information, visit: cals.msstate.edu

College of Forest Resources Living-Learning Community: This LLC for natural resource majors, housed in Cresswell Hall, will provide students an opportunity to attend the same classes, establish study groups, and network and live with like-minded students. The College of Forest Resources is a small college with career paths that provide students continuous interaction with classmates from the first day of college throughout their careers. Students in this LLC will find a valuable opportunity to ease the transition to college and to build relationships within the natural resource field. Students must be majoring in the College of Forest Resources (Forestry; Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation; Sustainable Bioproducts; or Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture) to participate in this LLC. For more information, visit: cfr.msstate.edu.

PGA Golf Management (PGM) Living-Learning Community: Housed in Magnolia Hall, the PGA Golf Management LLC provides Freshmen PGM majors an opportunity to live, study, practice and attend class together while being leaders in their community and residence hall. For more information, visit: pgagmu.msstate.edu

Griffis Living-Learning Community: The Griffis Learning Community (GLC) brings together a group of approximately 16 incoming freshmen, both men and women, who live in Griffis Hall and take the two courses PSY 1013-H01 Honors General Psychology with Dr. Tom Carskadon and CO 1003-H03 Honors Fundamentals of Public Speaking with Ms. Amy Fountain in the Fall semester. These courses can be used to meet core curriculum requirements in most academic majors, and a wide variety of majors are represented among the participants in the GLC each year. GLC members live together in Griffis Hall. Their roommates need not be members of the GLC; participants can request any roommate they choose, so long as the roommate has been accepted into the Honors College. If requested, however, Housing and Residence Life will attempt to pair a participant with a fellow GLC member. Participants in the GLC will take Honors General Psychology together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and they will take Honors Public Speaking together every Tuesday and Thursday. Thus these students will be with each other at least once each class day, helping them bond among themselves and study together. They will also be introduced to MSU history and traditions and to the many helping resources the University offers, through enjoyable short readings in the Insider's Guide to Mississippi State University, authored by Dr. Carskadon. The Griffis Learning Community is one of the oldest, most well established Living-Learning Communities at MSU, having operated each Fall semester since the opening of Griffis Hall in 2006. Student enthusiasm for the Griffis Learning Community has been quite high each year, and we are pleased to continue offering this opportunity to a select group of incoming freshman Honors students. For further information and/or to apply to join the Griffis Learning Community, please email Dr. Carskadon directly at tomcarskadon@psychology.msstate.edu. Interested students should apply as early as possible, as demand for this Living-Learning Community exceeds the available spaces each year. For more information please visit: honors.msstate.edu.

Luckyday Living-Learning Community: Frank Rogers Day, a native of Aberdeen and former chairman of the board and CEO of Trustmark National Bank, founded the Luckyday Foundation to assist young Mississippians in pursuing their goals of higher education. In addition to helping students afford college expenses, Luckyday encourages students to graduate in four years while maintaining academic standards and community involvement. Through specific programming with the Luckyday Scholars Program, the selected scholars have opportunities to develop as servant leaders striving to give back to their peers, university, and communities. Luckyday Scholars are housed in Cresswell Hall. For more information please visit: luckyday.msstate.edu 

Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Living-Learning Community: Housed in Ruby Hall, the Air Force ROTC Living & Learning Community provides you an opportunity to live in a community with other first-year students enrolled in Air Force ROTC, supporting them as they transition to college life and providing a vital social and professional support network. Community members help prepare and motivate one another to achieve greater physical fitness levels, campus involvement and skills to enable academic success. Upperclassmen cadets can live in the LLC and have the opportunity to serve as Resident Advisors and mentors to the first-year students. The community produces a critical network of peers who will assist each other throughout their Mississippi State University and Air Force careers. For more information please visit: afrotc.msstate.edu

The Promise Living-Learning Community: Housed in Moseley Hall, The Promise Scholars Living-Learning Community is a specialized experience crafted for first-year students enrolled with the Promise Program housed under the Division of Access, Diversity and Inclusion (ADI). Promise Scholars engage in an intimate and intentional learning environment that aids their transition to MSU, strengthens their academic success skills, and provides early exposure to graduate and career readiness opportunities through experiential learning. Participation in the Promise Scholars LLC is required for first-year students selection for the Promise Program first-year cohort. For more information please visit: promise.msstate.edu