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Living-Learning Communities at UMBC

Living and learning programs at UMBC connect students with a shared interest in culture, academics, or community service. Living Learning Communities (LLC) are programs that involve undergraduate students who live together in a residential community and participate in academic and extracurricular programming especially designed for them.  Living learning programs are sponsored by academic departments and programs and are housed in the residential community.

Benefits of Living-Learning Communities:

  • Students involved in an LLC at UMBC self-reported:
    • They were more satisfied with their overall academic experience on campus than students not involved in an LLC.*
    • They were more engaged and involved on campus than students not involved in an LLC.*
    • They interacted with more university faculty and staff members than students not involved in an LLC.*
    • They had a greater understand of diversity and multiculturalism than students not involved in an LLC.*

General Questions about Living-Learning Communities can be directed to David Clurman, Assistant Director of Residential Education at 410-455-3932 or

Center for Women in Technology Living-Learning Community (CWIT)
The CWIT-LLC provides opportunities for women and men majoring in a computing or engineering discipline to build community through academic, community and service programs. Freshmen take a First Year Experience course to learn skills like time management, studying and others to ensure a successful first year in college and are also mentored by older students living in the community. The CWIT-LLC also fosters community through larger college-wide events. While CWIT Scholars are given priority, all interested students are encouraged to apply, For more information contact Dr. Crystal Diaz-Espinoza at 410-455-8076 or

Discovery Scholars Living-Learning Community back to top
The DS LLC provides new students the opportunity to discover their true academic passion at UMBC. Participants from all backgrounds live, learn, and grow together with fellow students, peer mentors, and professional advisors. Students that have a variety of interests for which they are trying to determine the best academic major as well as students that are undecided about their major and/or future goals are especially encouraged to apply. Visit our website: or contact us for more information Laila Shishineh, or (410) 455-3737 or Jill Randles, or (410) 455-3715.

Honors College Living-Learning Community back to top
The Honors College Living-Learning Community offers the opportunity for members of the Honors College to continue their collaborative learning experiences in a relaxed, residential setting. Students are able to pursue a range of academic and social activities with other members of the Honors College community. At the same time, they will develop strong friendships through common goals, classes, conversation and fun.

For more information visit or for more information contact Mito Diaz-Espinoza at 410-455-3720 or

Humanities Living Learning Community back to top
The Humanities Living Learning Community is known to offer some of the best conversation on campus, and offers students interested in the humanities the opportunity to share their passion for culture, language, history, philosophy and literature with other students in the community. This LLC provides opportunities to attend lectures, performances and museums in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area, faculty talks and film discussions. Students majoring/minoring in Africana studies, American studies, ancient studies, Asian studies, cultural anthropology, English, gender and women's studies, history, interdisciplinary studies, media and communication studies, modern languages and linguistics, and philosophy often take part in this community, but students from all departments are encouraged to apply. A variety of perspectives is welcome. Accepting residence on the floor indicates your willingness to attend at least four humanities forum events throughout the year, as well as to contributing to the organization of and participation in other floor activities.

For more information contact Ana Oskoz at (410)-455-8087 or

Intercultural Living Exchange (ILE) back to top
The ILE is a for-credit language immersion and intercultural communication program that offers one credit per semester for completion of ILE activities. Participating students interact with international student mentors (native speakers of Chinese, French, Korean, Russian and Spanish), who organize cultural and social activities, including holiday celebrations, movie nights, international potlucks and excursions to plays, museums and festivals.  In addition, students receive pre-professional preparation for entering the global economy, such as intercultural sensitivity training workshop, study abroad and internship orientation events, curriculum vitae building, including mock interviews.  ILE language study groups are also available.  ILE students earn additional academic credits (up to three academic credits) by completing a service-learning course/project related to their target language and culture.

For more information visit or for more information contact Fontella Bateman at 410-455-2109 or

Interdisciplinary Studies Living-Learning Community back to top
The Interdisciplinary studies (INDS) LLC exists for students who are interested in more than one academic discipline. It offers an opportunity for these students to strengthen and enrich their undergraduate experience at UMBC by building community with each other and with faculty while learning about the unique challenges and opportunities that come with interdisciplinary scholarship. Students will engage in wide variety of activities that cross disciplinary boundaries, from movie/discussion nights to field-trips on and off campus, as they are encouraged to make the most of all that UMBC has to offer. Some, but not all, students on this floor will be pursuing a major with INDS. However, we welcome students engaged in other interdisciplinary degrees, double majors or major/minor combinations who would like to delve deeper into what it means to combine two or more traditional areas of scholarship: all interested students are encouraged to apply.

For more information contact Stephen Freeland at 410-455-2024 or

Shriver Living-Learning Center (SLLC) back to top
Shriver Living Learning Community (SLLC) members connect with The Shriver Center's mission to bridge campus and community through engaged learning and scholarship.  Meaningful social change, leadership, and advocacy are pillars for this community of diverse majors.  Peer Mentors (SLLC returners) support a positive transition for new members through relationship-building activities.  Programming includes a year–long seminar, weekly service (096 Community Service & Learning Practicum), and community-building events.  SLLC Interviews will be held in late May/early June.

For more info, go to or contact Lori Hardesty at (410) 455-2493 or

STEM Living-Learning Community back to top
The STEM LLC provides opportunities for students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines to connect with other STEM students at UMBC. The STEM LLC will develop intentional connections and relationships among students and expose them to other STEM majors, expand perspectives, create peer mentoring, encourage participation in applied learning experiences, develop leadership skills, foster study group participation, and help with cultural/artistic appreciation. All students with STEM majors are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to students who are accepted into the STEM BUILD@UMBC Program.

For more information visit or for more information contact Kathy Lee Sutphin at (410)-455-5827 or

Visual and Performing Arts Living-Learning Community back to top
The Visual and Performing Arts Living-Learning Community helps students broaden their understanding of art making and create essential connections across art disciplines. Residents share ideas and learn new skills in a supportive environment of dancers, actors, designers, composers, costumers, musicians and visual artists. Programs for the community offer movie nights, trips to performances, socials and discussions, all focused on the arts. The floor is known for the most passionate, impromptu late-night conversations on campus. It is the UMBC home for the majority of freshman and sophomore Linehan Artist Scholars.

For more information contact Doug Hamby at 410-455-2950 or

Women Involved in Learning and Leadership Living-Learning Community (WILL) back to top

The WILL community is explicitly dedicated to promoting feminist and social justice on campus. Working with Gender and Women's Studies faculty, UMBC staff dedicated to leadership development, and national feminist organizations, WILL provides students with formal leadership training and the supportive community necessary to make real change on campus and in our wider communities. Students from all majors are part of our community and are encouraged to apply, or for more information contact Kate Drabinski at 410-455-6371 or