Students in Learning Communities are happier with their FAU experience. Data shows that LC students have higher GPAs, retention, persistence and graduation rates than students who are in the same major but not in a Learning Community.
The RLC is the Learning Community program is ONLY for students who want to be in a learning community and who are living on-campus. The assigned residence halls for this program is Glades Park Towers, Heritage Park Towers or Parliament Hall. See below, for a list of the residence hall assignment for each specific community.
The CCLC is the Learning Community program is ONLY for students who want to be in a learning community and who will be living off-campus and commuting from home.
The Learning Community Program is FREE! There are no additional costs to participate in the program. RLC students will have the same tuition and housing fees as those not in the LC program and CCLC students will have the same tuition and fees as those not in the LC program.
The LC application is now open for students who will be living on-campus and participating in the RLC program. The CCLC application for students who will be commuting from home will open in March/April.
The RLC application is located within the Housing Contract. You must 1st fill out your Housing Contract and then fill out your RLC Application. On the Housing Portal the RLC application is actually listed as RLC in the drop down menu. You can reach the application at the end of the Housing Contract or if you have already completed your Housing Contract you can find it on the Application drop down menu at the top of the webpage.
The CCLC application will be available in March/April through the Owl Done Portal.
The number of students in each LC can fluctuate between the specific LCs, but are typically between 20-24 students.
Once students have submitted a LC application either through the Housing contract or the Owl Done Portal, their application will be reviewed and confirmed. The student(s) will receive a confirmation letter from the LC program outlining specific details within 7-10 business days of submitting the application.
The LC program is a great program that has over 500 participants ever year, so we hope you reconsider cancelling. If you still would like to cancel your application, please notify the LC Staff IN WRITING to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, Z number and your reason for cancelling the application, no later than June 15. No cancellations will be accepted after that date. Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you change your mind, you will lose your spot and be moved to the end of the list.
If for ANY reason you decide not to attend FAU for the Fall 2018 semester, you MUST contact the CLASS Office IN WRITING at email@example.com, to officially withdraw you from the Learning Community program and your 2018 Learning Community course schedule. In addition you MUST contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (561.297.3040) to withdraw your application/acceptance. If you are living on-campus, you MUST also contact the Department of Housing and Residential Life (561.297.2880) to cancel your housing contract. Not contacting the CLASS Office and the other departments listed above prior to the drop/add date of August 24, 2018 , will result in you being liable for tuition fees and other miscellaneous expenses.
Cancellation Policy for the RLC program:
A year-long commitment means that you will enjoy all of the benefits of being in an LC for the fall and spring semesters. For the fall, you will take a 2-credit SLS 1503 course that is geared towards teaching you success strategies centered on your major, as well as the 0-credit SLS 1412- The LC Experiencecourse dedicated to social and academic engagement. In the Spring semester, you will take SLS 1413, the 2nd semester continuation of the SLS 1412. Some communities like the Lead Serve RLC and CCLC may have additional requirements.
Depending on your major or interest, you and your friend(s) may sign up for the same LC, but the spots are not guaranteed. Once your LC has been assigned, switching is very limited and based on availability.
This is taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. You must contact the Learning Community staff at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Due to the strict program structure, Music and Architecture majors are unable to join our LC program.
Navitas students are unable to join the LC program due to their program structure.
Due to the program structure, you have to choose to be in either the Learning Community program or the University Honors Program or Honors College.
You can contact the LC Staff by emailing us at email@example.com, calling us at 561.297.0906, or stopping by the Boca Raton Campus of FAU in GS-2, room 223.
All of the classes you take as part of your specific LC have been approved by academic advisors and will count towards the classes you need for your major (SLS 1503 will be 2 elective credits and SLS 1412 is 0-credit). The LC schedules are created in March and will be posted on the Learning Community website as well as within OARS.
You will be registered for your LC classes once all of your registration holds have been removed, you have completed OARS, registered for Orientation and completed the ALEKS math placement exam (if needed). You can view their holds through the OWL DONE Student Onboarding Portal (https://owldone.fau.edu/) under FAU Self Service. Once in Self-Service, click on Student Services, then Student Records, and then view holds.
The LC schedule will allow some room for flexibility, but the courses that have been pre-selected cannot be changed unless you have received prior credit. You will be able to add an additional 1-2 courses to your schedule to give you a full-time academic schedule, which is a minimum of 12 credits.
That’s awesome that you’re already ahead of the game. Unfortunately, if you have previously taken AND passed a college success strategies course, you will be unable to participate in the LC program. You must contact the LC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know.
If you have already received credit for some of the standard courses on your LC schedule, you will not have to repeat them IF you have passed the class according to what is needed for your major.
Please review the LC schedules prior to registering for your own classes. If you register for a class at the same days and times as an LC class, you will be removed from the class you registered for and put into the class that is part of the LC. You will be notified to pick another class so you will still be registered for at least 12 credits.
ALL Learning Community Students are required to take the ALEKS math placement exam.
The ALEKS math placement exam score is only valid for 9 months. If you plan to take a math class in Fall you can start taking the ALEKS math placement exam in March. For more information on the ALEKS exam visit: http://www.fau.edu/ugstudies/aleks-ppl/index.php.
SLS 1412 is a 0-credit course where all students in the LC program have an opportunity to bond in a social and academic setting. Students have had an opportunity to get creative at our Tie-Dye and Ice Cream Social events as well as form study groups and work on projects together. The SLS 1503 course is a 2-credit course designed around the specific LC major or interest and taught by a FAU expert.
The only students that can participate in the Direct-Admit Nursing LC are students who have been formally admitted to FAU’s College of Nursing Direct Admit program. If you are hoping to attend FAU as a Nursing major and have NOT been admitted to the College of Nursing, you will not be able to participate.
Yes, as part of this program, you have the option to live in Glades Park Towers or Parliament Hall. You will be more focused and able to have your fellow classmates within feet of you!
You will be accepted to the Pre-Health LC on a preliminary basis. If your scores come in and you have not meet the minimum requirements, you will be placed in another LC that best fits your needs if space is available.
Due to the limited availability in the Pre-Health LC and the rigors of the program, we are unable to accept any math and verbal combined SAT scores lower than 1100. If you took the ACT and scored 24 or higher, you would be able to count that score instead.
YES! You can join the Science LC and take the classes needed to be a Pre-Health major.
These programs are very rigorous and you need to start out with at least College Algebra. You need to score at least a 30 on ALEKS to be accepted and placed into College Algebra. You can retake the ALEKS until you meet the minimum score to join these LCs. If you are an Engineering major and did not score a 30 after retaking ALEKS, you can still be an Engineering major but you cannot be part of the LC program. If you are a Pre-Health major and could not score at least a 30, you will be placed in the Science LC if there is availability. Make sure to visit the Math Learning Center to improve your math skills!
That will be an awesome day when you declare your major! You will still stay in the Explore LC as it is taught by staff from the Career Development Center that will still be used as valuable resources as you navigate your way through your new major.
Any major but Engineering, Music and Architecture can join these communities and the LC Staff will cater your classes to your specific major.
We strongly encourage you to get your friend to participate in the LC program. If they choose not to, unfortunately, you will not be able to be roommates but you could potentially live in the same building.
Both/All of you will need to send an email to email@example.com from your FAU email addresses and include everyone’s names involved. For instance, if 2 people want to room together, the LC staff will need 2 separate emails from each persons’ account stating who they requesting to room with. Roommate requests are not guaranteed.
Our LC program is housed in all 3 of the freshman residence halls - GPT, HPT and Parliament. There are specific housing assignments in specific residence halls depending on which community you are joining. Some RLCs are only located in 1 of the Residence Halls. Please see below for housing options:
|· Arts & Letters — Heritage Park Towers|
|· Business — Parliament Hall or Heritage Park Towers|
|· Criminal Justice & Public Safety — Heritage Park Towers|
|· Direct-Admit Nursing — Parliament Hall or Glades Park Towers|
|· Education — Heritage Park Towers|
|· Engineering & Computer Science — Parliament Hall or Glades Park Towers|
|· Explore — Parliament Hall or Heritage Park Towers|
|· Freshman Research LEARN™ — Glades Park Towers|
|· Florida Connect — Parliament Hall or Heritage Park Towers|
|· Healthy Owls — Parliament Hall or Glades Park Towers|
|· Lead & Serve — Parliament Hall or Heritage Park Towers|
|· Pre-Health Professions — Glades Park Towers|
|· Psychology — Glades Park Towers|
|· Science — Parliament Hall or Glades Park Towers|
Congratulations, you are half way there! Once you fill out your housing contract, you will need to fill out the Residential Learning Community (LLC) application as well which can be found under your housing contract on the website.
We understand that not everyone will become fast friends right away, so we will take each circumstance under special consideration. You must go through the protocol set-up by housing if this is the case.
Single rooms as part of the Residential Learning Community program are extremely limited. Most students will be placed in a double room regardless of application date. Please check the FAU Housing website for room rates.
Room preference is based on your RLC application date. You will be notified of your room assignment in May if you applied to the RLC prior to May 1st. If you applied to the RLC program after May 1st, you will be notified of your room assignment after June 1st.
RLC students get to move onto the FAU campus for Fall 2018 semester 1 day earlier than the rest of the incoming Freshmen! RLC students move in on Wednesday, August 15th in the morning. Exact times are still being determined. RLC students will participate in an exciting 1.5 days of activities and events before all of the rest of the students move into FAU! More details to come!