Learning Communities

Welcome!

What is a Learning Community?

Based on shared interests or academic major, Learning Communities are groups of 15-25 first-year students who share a common living space in the residence halls, take classes together, and communally participate in activities throughout the year. NSU offers several communities which focus on shared interests, educational goals, or lifestyle preferences. 

Students who participate in LC experience better academic outcomes and greater personal success. These specialized groups are designed to integrate classroom studies with focused, hands-on experiences. The combination of curricular and co-curricular activities inside and outside the classroom enables students to fully engage in their NSU experience while also learning to encounter the real-world – beyond college.  

Learning Communities Program Information

Why should I join a learning community?

  • Boost your chances of academic success through peer interactions and increased relationships with professors
  • Networking opportunities with classmates, professors, department heads, and future employers
  • Build close and lasting relationships with your fellow LC members
  • Smoothly transition into college life.
  • Out-of-classroom service-learning and community engagement experiences
  • Innovative, hands-on, and in-depth learning
  • Career exploration activities, events, and discussions
  • Opportunities and events unique (and exclusive) to LC students

About

 Learning Communities are specialized groups designed to integrate classroom studies with focused, hands-on academic experiences. The combination of curricular and co-curricular activities inside and outside of the classroom enables students to fully engage in their NSU experience and learn to encounter real world experiences with an interdisciplinary approach.

Students who participate in LC experience stronger academic and personal success through events and programs, networking, and much more. We offer several varieties of communities that are designed to focus on shared interest, academic goals, or lifestyle preferences. Learn more

Vision

To support Norfolk State University’s commitment to student success, the Learning Communities Initiative seeks to enhance our first-year experience by providing all interested students, a collaborative and community-oriented space to grow holistically. 

Mission

The mission of Norfolk State’s Learning Communities is to enhance and integrate student learning and engagement by creating communities of students through shared living, common courses, and co-curricular activities based on a theme or major. 

Apply

Learn more about applying to Learning Communities, or complete this form to let us know that you are interested.