Office of Residential Life

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Living Learning Communities - Fall 2021

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. Students in EYE 118 have a 1-credit lab that takes the place of COR 101 and are housed in the Creativity LLC. Russell Scholars Program (RPS) students take RSP 110 in place of COR 101 and are housed in the RSP LLC. 

For the fall of 2021, it is our goal to ensure that we are still providing students with additional supports and connection to peers, staff, and faculty as part of their COR experience, despite any COVID safety measures that may still need to be in place. This past year, COR classes took place primarily in a virtual setting. Prior to COVID, our COR classes involved a variety of outings and shared class activities. For the fall of 2021, we are hoping to be able to return to this previous format We know that some students who would normally choose to live on campus are making decisions to stay home due to the impact of the pandemic. As such, we have both residential and commuter sections to ensure that all students will be able to participate in COR, regardless of whether they are living on-campus, or living at home.

Housing assignments go out to students in the summer months, and we will be working to communicate with folks via their USM email regarding any changes to COR labs or LLCs that will take place after that time. Please note that LLC placements will likely shift based on our LLC numbers. Please keep an eye on this site for information about where LLCs will be housed for the Fall of 2021. 

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.