Learning Communities Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing to live in a Learning Community is one of the best decisions you can make to get engaged and connected with your campus. Contact us to answer your questions, or you can email a Learning Community Mentor to get their perspective on Learning Communities. Or, check out our frequently asked questions to learn more about building and roommate requests, cost of participation and more.

When should I apply to be in a Learning Community?

You should apply to be in a Learning Community as soon as you know that MSUM is where you’ll pursue your college degree and as soon as you know which LC you want to be a part of. Learning Community assignments are made on a first come, first-serve basis. Enrollment is limited, and application does not guarantee space in the community.

When will I know if I have been admitted to a Learning Community?

Most students will get into at least one of their top three LC choices. If you are applying before May 1, you will most likely get into your first choice LC. In May you’ll be notified by email regarding your LC placement, how to choose a roommate, and be given additional information.

When do I pay the $150 fee?

The Learning Community fee is applied to your student bill in August and December. Payment is due at the end of September and at the end of January when all payments to MSUM are due.

Do I have to live in the building where the Learning Community exists?

Yes. A significant benefit of the Learning Community experience is living with students you will also take classes with. There are certain cases, such as a documented disability, where students are given permission to live in a building different than the Learning Community. We will also allow off-campus students to participate in any LC if they choose to do so.

What if I have a roommate request?

Non-Learning Community students may live with a Learning Community if space allows. We recommend you live with another LC student but it is not required. Roommate requests should be made to Housing.

What if I change my major and have decided to participate in a major based Learning Community?

If you change your major you will be given the opportunity to opt out of a major based LC at the end of the first semester. You will not be required to move out of your room. You will not be charged the $150 fee for the spring semester.

How can I get out of the Learning Community midyear?

When you submitted your LC application you agreed to participate in a Learning Community for one academic year. Documented reasons you may opt out midyear: you change your major; you move to a different building to accommodate a room change request; you demonstrate financial hardship; you live off campus and find it too challenging to return to campus to participate.