Office of Residential Life

Students from the Russell Scholars Program

Living Learning Communities

Your USM experience is about preparing you academically for your future, but it’s also about the people you meet here and the experiences you have with them inside and outside the classroom. At USM, we assign all first-year residential students to a Living Learning Community (LLC). Your LLC assignment is based on the COR lab class that you choose with your Academic Advisor during your initial Advising and Course Selection (ACS) meeting. These LLCs are not connected to specific academic majors; rather, you can choose the one that best fits your interests. Your housing assignment coincides with the COR lab class that you have chosen, allowing you to live and learn with a smaller cohort of students who share a common interest in that community. 

In addition to connecting you with peers who have similar interests, living in university housing gives you special access to professors and staff, exclusive programming and services, and invitations to targeted social events. The Co-Curricular Learning (COR) Labs provide you with a wide variety of opportunities for experiential learning. COR 101 connects students with each other, faculty, staff, and the broader community through projects and activities both on and off campus. Students should not change their preregistration for COR 101 and EYE without contacting Advising Services. By connecting your living and learning environments, you are better able to take advantage of the variety of opportunities to expand your learning outside of the classroom. 

We support students through living and learning communities because research shows that they work. Studies show that students who live in learning communities are far more likely to succeed during their college years. Students report that:

  • They experience a smooth transition into their new environment.
  • They build, maintain, and utilize important social networks.
  • Their relationships with professors and mentors are enhanced by increased access to assistance.
  • They are more likely to feel at home while away from home, perceiving their residence hall as academically and socially supportive.

Please take a minute to read a little bit about each of the communities listed below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at usm.reslife@maine.eduPlease note that the Honors LLC and the Russell Scholars Program both offer the opportunity to engage in these communities beyond your first semester. More information about these communities and the requirements to participate in them can be found on their links below.