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 support our residential students by assigning 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. Your COR lab is an experiential learning environment that connects you with peers, faculty, and staff through project-based learning and trips. It is designed to help you connect with both the USM community and the wider community 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 it works. Studies show that students who live in learning communities are far more likely to succeed during their college years:

  • These students 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.


When you complete your housing application, you can choose your top three learning communities of interest, though your final choice will take place when you sign up for your COR lab class during your ACS session. Please note that the Honors LLC and the Russell Scholars Program both require an application to be a part of those communities.

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