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    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.

    Academic Advising and Support
    Reilly Hall 342
    (315) 445-4597

    Current Learning Communities:


    If you have any general questions about learning communities, contact Academic Advising and Support at (315) 445-4597 or

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

    This learning community is an ideal fit for first-year students intending to major in the three disciplines above. It has been particularly successful for students because it has fostered academic success in a challenging curriculum and created excitement about the study of various aspects of the biological sciences. It encourages students to learn from one another and to have frequent informal interaction with a supportive faculty member. This community of students will live near each other, share coursework and have tutoring opportunities exclusively designed 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. Students in this community will live near each other and enroll in a dedicated section of a required introductory course for the business curriculum. The work in this course will be supported by tutoring and programming led by an upper division business major who will serve as a 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 their interests and abilities together. Students begin to chart their own career road map through a series of steps, including completion of My College Plan and StrengthsQuest, 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 section of a required core course. Students will have frequent contact with their advisor throughout the first year. Members of this community traditionally meet over informal dinners and activities, 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.

    This community will appeal to English and Theater majors and Creative Writing and Education concentrators but is open to students in all majors who have experience with, or are interested in learning more about, writing creatively via plays, poetry, scripts and other forms of creative expression.  In addition, the community will discuss issues related to the role of the artist and new definitions of what it means to write creatively.  Students will attend performances, readings, and other events that will engage and excite interest in writing.

    This curricular learning community continues the course work and intensive advising and support services begun in summer for capable students admitted to this competitive program who, because of their limited financial resources and need for further academic preparation, might not have had an opportunity otherwise to attend college.  Students will learn together in a supportive and active community, will complete a dedicated section of a required core course and will have the benefit of earning an additional credit through a learning strategies lab to enhance academic success.  Students will also have benefit from regular counseling and advising from professional staff as well as co-curricular, career development, and social and leadership development opportunities, along with support from upper division peers in the program. 

    In addition to the learning communities, there is an opportunity to be part of the Justice and Service Interest Group, which is designed to promote the human development of students as persons, that is, individuals in a community striving for justice for all. Activities include team building, service opportunities and a first year seminar, Set the World on Fire, intended to initiate students into the wisdom and spirituality of the Jesuits. Students will learn skills that can make a difference in transforming themselves and the world. Resident students will have the opportunity to live near each other in a student residence near their first-year seminar instructor; commuter students will find that participation in the Interest Group facilitates their integration into campus life. Students will participate in a “challenge course” to build team spirit and have the opportunity to travel to a major city to see Jesuit spirituality in action. An international experience may also be offered depending upon student interest.

    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 coursework at Le Moyne. They will 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.

    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 Karel Blakeley ( to discuss the requirements associated with an education concentration.


    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.