About the LEARN™  Program

L.E.A.R.N.™, or the Learning Environment and Academic Research Network (LEARN™), is a program that focuses on undergraduate research and students' academic success. The program was created as a collaborative National Science Foundation funded initiative that was launched in partnership with Florida Atlantic University, University of Central Florida, and Western Carolina University. By working with on-campus partners, LEARN™  provides a select group of freshman and transfer students with an inquiry-based/hands-on learning experience through undergraduate research.

Students in this program will:

  1. Experience a close-knit community at a large research university with other students, mentors, faculty, and staff. Transitioning to a new university can be a bit daunting. We therefore strive to provide opportunities for our LEARN™  students to build one-on-one relationships with faculty, staff, and other students on campus and to become part of the OWL academic culture. To learn more about the mentoring experience in the program, visit our mentoring page.
  2. Receive priority registration and a wide variety of undergraduate research opportunities.
  3. Enroll in two research focused courses. To learn more about these classes, visit our academic page.
  4. Engage in undergraduate research. To learn more, visit our academic page.
  5. Participate in academic, social, and community engagements through FAU-sponsored events to build and strengthen your network of peers. To learn more about our events, visit our community page.
  6. Acquire skills to become more qualified and more competitive to apply to upper-level undergraduate research programs and graduate programs. Students who are successful in the program will be recruited into several junior- and senior-level research programs at FAU. We also strongly support and highly encourage our students to apply for National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) programs nationwide. Please visit the Student Opportunity Center (S.O.C.) to learn more about available local, regional, and national undergraduate research opportunities.


Who can apply?

There are 4 distinct LEARN™ cohorts:

  • F-LEARN™ Arts, Business, and Humanities (ABH)
  • T-LEARN™ Arts, Business, and Humanities (ABH)

To be eligible to apply to the LEARN™  Program, students must meet the following requirements:

Transfer Students

  • Incoming transfer from a community or state college
  • Earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree prior to the program start date
  • Have a declared major
  • Pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (A.S.) degree
  • Transfer GPA 3.0 or higher

Freshman Students

  • Incoming from high school
  • Have a declared major
  • Pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (A.S.) degree
  • High school GPA of 3.6 or higher (unweighted)

Program Benefits

All students in the LEARN™  Program benefit from the following:

  • 2 Introduction to Research courses
  • Participation in undergraduate research
  • Priority Registration
  • Faculty and peer mentoring
  • A network of friends
  • Academic and professional support

The LEARN™  Team