What is themed living?
Themed living offers students at St. Mary’s University a close-knit community of like-minded Rattlers who share common academic interests, hobbies or passions. Students live together in a Living Learning Community (LLC) with roommates or suitemates and attend activities, programs and meetings as part of the themed living experience.
St. Mary’s will offer seven Living Learning Communities to first-year students in the 2024-2025 academic year.
Biology Living Learning Community
The Biology Living Learning Community is for first-year Biology majors who are academically driven and interested in a career in the biological sciences and related professional fields. As a part of this community, students will live, study, participate in engagement opportunities and attend classes with highly motivated students with the support of faculty members from the Department of Biological Sciences. This community resides in Marian Hall.
Contact Mary Hawkins, Ph.D., for more information.
Honors Living Learning Community
The Honors Living Learning Community is open to students accepted into the Honors Program through the University. All first-year and sophomore students living on campus and in the Honors Program live together and take Honors classes together. Students in the Honors LLC will have special activities planned for them to engage with faculty and program advisers. This community resides in Founders Hall.
Contact Camille Langston, Ph.D., for more information.
The Madeleine Community is a residential special interest-themed community focused on facilitating Catholic faith and identity formation for first-year students through weekly prayer and meals, campus-focused service and community-building activities. The community is named after the Madeleine Chapel in Bordeaux, France, where Father Chaminade (cofounder of the Society of Mary) first gathered young adults to grow in their faith. This community resides in Dougherty Hall.
Contact Daniel Klco, S.M., for more information.
Marianist Leadership Community
The Marianist Leadership Community is available for students accepted into the Marianist Leadership Program. Students accepted into this program live together, take their first-year seminar class together, and engage in leadership and faith development throughout the year. Community service and social justice activities are also a large part of this program. This community resides in Cremer Hall.
Contact Amy Arismendez for more information.
Political Science Living Learning Community
The Political Science Living Learning Community is available for first-year Political Science majors interested in connecting more closely with students in the same program and the faculty in the Political Science department. Students in this community will live together, take classes together and have specific engagement opportunities that will allow them to get to know their fellow Political Science students and faculty better. This community resides in Dougherty Hall.
Contact Betsy Smith, Ph.D., for more information.
Psychology Living Learning Community
The Psychology Living Learning Community is available for first-year and sophomore Psychology majors interested in connecting more closely with students in the same program and the faculty in the Psychology department. Students in this community will live together, take classes together and participate in engagement opportunities that will allow them to get to know their fellow Psychology students and faculty better. This community resides in Founders Hall.
Contact Jillian Pierucci, Ph.D., for more information.
Science Living Community
Students majoring in the sciences — from Forensic Science to Biology, Engineering to Computer Science — are invited to join the Science Living Community. Live down the hall from your classmates and in the same building as upperclassmen studying similar subjects. This community partners with the School of Science, Engineering and Technology to host events throughout the academic year and invites faculty to visit the halls and share their passion and experiences. This community resides in Marian Hall.
How do I sign up for a Living Learning Community?
To sign up for a Living Learning Community or themed housing option, select a community while completing your online housing application. If you have gone through the process and did not select a program but would like to sign up, contact the Office of Residence Life at email@example.com with your request.
There is no additional cost to choosing a themed
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