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Learning Communities

At Le Moyne College, we believe that learning can occur anywhere -- in class, in a group project, through an off-campus performance, in doing community service, even in the residence hall.

Therefore, we have created special types of “learning communities” so that new students with the same interests can take advantage of various learning opportunities together in their new environment.

Our residential learning communities are groups of first-year students who reside near one another and share some key courses (usually two). Course subjects and selected out-of-class activities are linked by a common interest or major (such as biology, business, or performing arts).

Like you, we at Le Moyne College believe your first few months on campus are extremely important to your future college career. We know that college can be puzzling at first… new roommates, new classes, new schedules, new experiences, the 24/7 atmosphere of college life.

That’s why we have established first-year learning communities to make this “newness” less overwhelming academically and socially -- to aid in the transition from high school to college -- from home to living and learning on your own.

Why enroll in a Learning Community?


    * “I want to meet new people.”
    * “I’m worried about adjusting to college life.”
    * “I won’t know anyone at first.”
    * “If I need help, will I know where to go?”
    * “I want to meet people with similar interests.”

These are common concerns of first-year students. Like you, we at Le Moyne College believe your first few months on campus are extremely important to your future college career. We know that college can be puzzling at first… new roommates, new classes, new schedules, new experiences, the 24/7 atmosphere of college life.

That’s why we have established first-year learning communities to make this “newness” less overwhelming academically and socially -- to aid in the transition from high school to college -- from home to living and learning on your own.

Being in a first-year learning community enables you to:

  • Make friends quickly. Being in class with students who live near you and share your interests is an easy way to meet people.
  • Get to know faculty. Students and faculty in our learning communities participate in activities outside of class that foster stronger student-teacher relationships and promote deeper learning and academic confidence.
  • Excel in your courses. Sharing a few course sections encourages dialogue among students and gives you an opportunity to be involved in study groups.
  • Know your community. When you come to college, you are part of a larger community. Joining a learning community gives you a chance to engage in valuable service to others -- both on and off campus.
  • Feel at home. The closeness that develops in a learning community helps you get used to the college experience quickly because you are doing things together.
  • Learning community enrollment is voluntary however, nearly 50% of the Class of 2016 joined a learning community. While there is a residential component, commuting students are highly encouraged to join.

    Campus Life and Leadership
    Campus Center
    (315) 445-4520

    Current Learning Communities:


    If you have any general questions about learning communities, contact Ann Bersani, Campus Life and Leadership at (315) 445-4520 or

    We will be available at each Summer Welcome session and would be pleased to speak with interested students.

    The biological sciences learning community is an ideal fit for first-year students intending to major in this discipline at Le Moyne. This learning community has been particularly successful for students because it has fostered academic success in a challenging curriculum and created excitement about the study of biological sciences. It encourages students to learn from one another and to have frequent informal interaction with a supportive faculty member. This learning community of students will live near each other, share coursework and have the option of participating in a study group exclusively designed and guided by their faculty.

    CEOs is dedicated to preparing students for a future business career by developing their networking skills through a number of activities. Students will be introduced at various events to people in the Le Moyne community, as well as the local business community, where they will discuss opportunities and share ideas. Not only will they develop networking skills, but they will also be introduced to a variety of business majors offered at Le Moyne, including those listed above. Students in this community will live near each other and enroll in their section of Statistics I and Economics, both required introductory courses for the business curriculum. The work in these courses is challenging and will be supported by study-group sessions led by an upper-division business major and peer advisor.

    For those students who will not declare a major right away, the Choice community is ideal. This living/learning experience gives first-years an opportunity to explore careers and majors together. Students begin to chart their own career road map through a series of steps, uncovering personal and academic interests and identifying their personal strengths that would be a good fit for future careers. Choice students will live near one another and share a required core course. Students can continue learning together in the spring and will have frequent contact with their first-year advisor. Members of this community traditionally meet over informal dinners and activities throughout the first year, making their time of transition both entertaining and full of profound self-discovery.

    CLAS Act is ideal for a student in any major who is considering teaching and who wants to actively engage in service to children. Students in this community will live and learn with other first-years and make a difference in the lives of elementary and middle-school pupils in a residentially based after-school program located across the street from Le Moyne College. CLAS Act students will enroll in Teaching in a Diverse Society, required of all students seeking teacher certification. CLAS Act tutoring also fulfills the course requirements of service/observation for students enrolled in this course. Together, the members of this community will explore teaching and learning techniques early, get to know their professors both in and outside the classroom, and learn to make important connections between class material and service as “men and women for others” in true Jesuit fashion.
    For those interested in the arts, this is your passport to theater, music, dance and visual art at Le Moyne. Live and learn together in a supportive and active community of like-minded scholars, performers and artists. Be among the first to learn about auditions, arts group activities and other on-campus events, and travel off-campus with your professors and other students to see professional plays, concerts and museum shows. Connect with upper division students who are eager to welcome you to the arts community at Le Moyne. While living in the same residence hall, you and other members of this learning community will share selected common academic classes, making it easy to form study groups and find friends. Students intending to major or minor in theatre arts or music should plan to enroll in this learning community, as this is your inside track into the visual and performing arts at Le Moyne.

    * Students pursuing education as a concentration within their major should note that Introduction to Theatre does not satisfy departmental requirements. It will serve as a free elective. Before enrolling in  this learning community, students who intend to pursue teaching certification must contact Professor Blakeley ( to discuss the requirements associated with an education concentration.
    This learning community provides rich opportunities for students in these challenging disciplines, particularly those students who are considering the five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in engineering in partnership with Syracuse University. Students will live near each other, work together to master shared coursework, and participate in study clinics designed exclusively for them and led by advanced students. Working closely with faculty, students in this community will create a social and academic network to build and maintain enthusiasm for the pursuit of their goals in science and engineering by investigating careers in their field, challenging each other with competitions that test their scientific acumen, exploring their studies in real-world settings, and meeting informally with engineering professionals over lunch and dinner.
    Students enrolled in this unique partnership will have the opportunity to live near each other on the Le Moyne campus during their first year as they begin their academic experience. Both commuter and residential students in this community will share enriching experiences, including selected fall and spring coursework at Le Moyne. They will also attend the same course section of Human Anatomy and Physiology and participate in a weekly A&P study group designed exclusively for the nursing cohort. In addition, they will interact with faculty in both nursing and the liberal arts and sciences in and out of class. Students will meet one-on-one with their advisor and become oriented to St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and the College of Nursing. They will also share a service experience with healthy senior adults in the service community through local elder care agencies to prepare them for a course in professional trends in the spring. Active participation in this closely knit pre-professional community will give new students a strong foundation for their second year of study when they begin their clinical experience at St. Joseph’s while continuing liberal arts core classes at Le Moyne.

    When should you sign up?

    Spaces are always limited. Capacity for each learning community is about 20 students. Once you decide to attend Le Moyne College, the best time to enroll is soon after you receive your first-year student guide. Updated information on each learning community will be in the Guide and will be available on-line.

    Join NO LATER THAN June 1 to give yourself the best chance at being placed in the learning community of your choice.