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The Learning Communities at Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg provide support and guidance for first-year students both in and out of the classroom.

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While in an LC, you will find yourself in a close-knit group of peers with similar majors, interests, and goals while still experiencing the large and diverse network of Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg. Faculty, staff, and mentors work together to provide a fun and supportive community designed to help you adjust and grow academically and socially. A peer mentor will be available to answer questions, offer encouragement and guidance, and welcome you to campus.

Apply to join a Learning Community*
*Students must have a paid enrollment deposit in order to submit this application via their application portal.

Application Notice: The deadline to apply to a Learning Community was Friday, May 24, 2024. A few openings remain in the American Sign Language, Health & Medical Sciences, Breiner School of Nursing, Science & Technology and Zeigler College of Business LCs. Applications will continue to be accepted for all communities but applicants may be added to a waitlist.

Benefits of Learning Communities

  • Free opportunity to help students get acclimated to campus
  • Meet and interact with other students with similar interests/goals
  • Attend various educational and/or social workshops and programs
  • Form strong relationships with faculty
  • Network and develop professional connections that will help you after graduation
  • Take course(s) together which count toward graduation requirements
  • Make connections that will aid you in career development
  • Be assigned a mentor to help you transition to the college setting
  • Receive tips on succeeding academically

Leadership Opportunities (current students only)

Mentee Testimonials

Why would you encourage future Huskies to take a closer look at LCs, getting involved with them as they begin their college journey?

  • "I would absolutely tell them to consider an LC when applying. Because not only are they extremely helpful, with many people who are ready and willing to help you through any struggle you may have, it's also a very friendly environment. It's like having built in friends who are similar in more ways than you may first think. They are also available to everyone! No matter what you plan on studying you can join a learning community."
    - Colin McGrain, Education LC
  • "I would encourage them because it really gets you involved and there are so many events and fun things that will be done, and you get to meet so many people and make new friends."
    - Madee Wolk, Education LC
  • "It is such an easy way to help with the transition to college. Your mentors become your heroes, and they will save your life multiple times throughout freshman year as you navigate your time here."
    - Joclynn Ramsey, Education LC
  • "Especially as a freshman, you come to Bloomsburg not knowing many people. Being involved in a LC related to your major is a great way to meet those who share your same interests and give you mentors who can help you all through your college career."
    - Melissa McDevitt, American Sign Language LC
  • "I encourage becoming part of a LC because it’s a great way to make friends in your major and get involved. They hold events once a 1-2 a month for LCs only and they also have 1:1 meeting every month to see how your classes are going, fill you in on events in advanced, and answer any questions you may have."
    - Rachel Hines, Health & Medical Sciences LC
LC Mentees
Mentees: Colin McGrain × Joclynn Ramsey × Rachel Hines × Nicole Leniger

What's the best role LCs provide for a college student, in your opinion?

  • "I feel the best role the LCs provide for college students is giving them a 'mentor'. Each person who is a 'mentee' gets a 'mentor' and has meetings once a month with that current student in a one-on-one situation to talk about classes and problem-solve any possible issues."
    - Nicole Leniger, Health and Medical Sciences LC
  • "The scheduling programs, for sure. The mentors sat down with us and helped us create a map for each semester we will be here at Bloomsburg so we know what classes we need to take and when to take them. It has helped me so much."
    - Joclynn Ramsey, Education LC

Our Learning Communities

The American Sign Language (ASL) Learning Community is for students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, First-Year ASL/English Interpreting majors, and First-Year Dual ECE/Deaf Education Program majors. The ASL Learning Community gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in ASL, as well as prepare to work with the deaf and hard of hearing population after graduation. Participants in this Learning Community will also have the opportunity to live in the vicinity of one another in the same residence hall, take required courses together (one per semester), and experience interactions with faculty, upperclassmen, and alumni within their chosen field.

Learning Community Details
Director Dr. Bridget Klein
Major(s) ASL/English Interpreting; Dual Early Childhood Education / Deaf Education
Admission Criteria Open to ASL majors and students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Focus Connects students with other students and faculty in these majors.

The Creative Arts Learning Community (CA LC) welcomes students with a passion for the arts: theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and creative writing. Many of our members are majoring or minoring in the arts fields. However, we also have students in other majors or who are currently undeclared. The thing they all have in common is a love of the arts. And while it is not required, many CA LC members live in Northumberland Hall, one of the smaller residence halls on lower campus, which further helps to foster a sense of community.

CA students participate in on-campus events as well as have the opportunity to attend off-campus trips to museums and performances. Recent field trips include visits to Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. We also take advantage of nearby resources too. During a recent semester, students read the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and then attend a stage version of the work at The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, our local live professional theatre.

CA LC students take a fall semester class together which examines the idea of art via a variety of media including literature, video, film, and visual art. CA LC students often quickly develop into leaders of the Bloomsburg University arts community, taking on major roles in theatre, music, and dance performances, and creating significant works in the literary and visual arts.

The most important thing about our Learning Community is that it provides an atmosphere where students can gain the opportunity, support, and experience needed to flourish at BU. Trained peer mentors work closely with Learning Community members, organizing activities, leading study groups, and providing guidance to navigate college life.

Learning Community Details
Director Professor Ron Lambert
Major(s) All
Admission Criteria Open
Focus To provide a vital link between BU and the Bloomsburg Community by showcasing students artistic endeavors.

The Education Learning Community (EDU LC) welcomes first-year students who are Education majors. This Learning Community is a wonderful conglomerate of all education majors and provides great support for those pursuing a teaching career.

  • Connect with education students
  • Receive guidance from educational faculty
  • Become acquainted with professional groups such as SCEC, SLED, SPSEA, ACEI, and MENC
  • Attend Praxis Training and Teaching Seminars
Learning Community Details
Director Dr. Tara Diehl
Major(s) Education
Admission Criteria Open
Focus Connects students with other education majors and education faculty.

The Frederick Douglass Social Justice Learning Community (FDSJ LC) welcomes all first-year students of any major or those presently undeclared. The FDSJ LC promotes academic excellence in a culturally diverse setting. Students who want to learn how to communicate and work with individuals of a variety of backgrounds, which is an important skillset for any career, will especially find this LC beneficial to their college experience. We will focus on developing students to be socially conscious, self-advocating, and critical thinkers and will provide a platform for those who are passionate about social justice issues related to a myriad of identities (e.g., ability, age, gender identity, sex, sexual identity, nationality, race, religion, socioeconomic status, class).

Students who sign up for the FDSJ LC will be involved in monthly programs (i.e., speaker events, concerts and plays, academic advising, professional development workshops), undergraduate interdisciplinary conferences, field trips, and other social and educational events. Participating in the FDSJ LC can offer students opportunities to develop the skills that they need to create positive change within themselves, on the Bloomsburg University campus, and in the larger global community.

Learning Community Details
Director Dr. Erin Brummett
Major(s) All
Admission Criteria Open
Focus Emphasizes cross-cultural relationship building, promoting diversity, and breaking down social barriers across cultural differences.

The Health & Medical Sciences Learning Community (HMS LC) aims to provide an environment in which students can achieve academic success in their discipline. In the HMS LC, you will be able to connect with other students in your major while engaging in learning opportunities outside the classroom. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • “Behind the Scenes” of your Majors
  • Scheduling How-Tos
  • Structured Review Sessions
  • Study Halls
Learning Community Details
Director Dr. Jennifer Venditti-Roadarmel

Biology, Bio Medical Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Exercise Sciences, Health Sciences, Medical Imaging and Pre-Sciences (examples: Pre-PT, Pre-PA, Pre-Pharmacy, etc).

If you don’t see your major listed, please call our office for guidance on which learning community is the best fit for you.

Admission Criteria Open
Focus Provides an environment for students to focus on scholarship, service, and social activities, enhancing their academic experience.

  By invitation only. For more information and to apply, please visit the Honors College page.

The Honors Learning Community draws from first-year students with a GPA of 90 or above.

  • Be challenged to perform at the highest level of excellence and encourage independent thinking and learning
  • Engage in a rigorous, coherent, integrated academic experience with a high degree of student-faculty interaction
  • Develop creativity, intellectual independence, analytical thinking and problem solving and the growth of communication skills through a strong emphasis on reading, writing, and research
  • Participate in symposia, experiential learning and independent study
Learning Community Details
Director Dr. Peter Doerschler
Major(s) All
Admission Criteria Invitation Only

First-Year Students Minimum Qualifications:
  • GPA of 95 or above (no essay required)
  • GPA of 90 – 94.9 (essay required)
Focus Offers small classes, service opportunities, and community.

The Nursing Learning Community is open to First-Year Nursing Majors. The Nursing Learning Community aims to provide an environment and community in which students can achieve academic and professional success within this health science discipline. In the Nursing Learning Community you will be able to:

  • Connect with other nursing students and upperclassman peer mentors.
  • Gain a collaborative learning experience through Faculty and Students.
  • Take a common course with other Nursing Learning Community Members.
  • Engage in co-curricular activities designed to support your interests.
Learning Community Details
Co-DirectorsDr. Pamela Cook
Dr. Rebecca Toothaker
Major(s)Nursing majors only
Admission CriteriaOpen
FocusHelps students connect to others in their major while preparing them for the requirements of their major.

The Science & Technology LC (S&T LC) is designed to help foster a sense of community amongst first-year students who are interested in science and technology fields of study such as computer science, digital forensics, physics, chemistry, environmental and natural sciences, etc. Students in the S&T LC have access to personal, professional and academic enrichment opportunities, including the following:

  • Developing connections with S&T students and faculty through common courses and out-of-class opportunities
  • Attending various workshops and seminars
  • Attending group and peer-led study sessions
  • Participating in team building, community service and social activities

This year-long experience will allow you to learn and connect with other students who share similar interests with you through experiences both in and out of the classrooms.

Learning Community Details
Director Dr. Jennifer Whisner

Computer Science, Digital Forensics, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental and Natural Sciences

If you don’t see your major listed, please call our office for guidance on which learning community is the best fit for you.

Admission Criteria Open
Focus Connects students with faculty and students in these majors.

We enhance business insight and professionalism, promote interdisciplinary and community awareness, and guide students through their first year in college. The Zeigler College of Business Learning Community (ZCOB LC), in collaboration with the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD), welcomes incoming first-year students who have declared a business major. First-year LC members (mentees) receive guidance from upperclassmen mentors and the LC director with the goal of thriving academically, professionally, and socially. Mentees take at least one course together that fulfills a graduation requirement along with voluntary enrollment into ZIPD to enhance their professionalism. ZCOB LC programming offers tutoring, guest speakers, professional development, networking, community service, and field trips to places like New York City. Your success is our BUSINESS!

  • Take courses that fulfill requirements for your business major
  • Receive direction to help determine the right business track
  • Establish connections that help start your business career
  • Attend seminars with local business leaders
  • Make trips to local businesses
Learning Community Details
Director Mr. Jacob Kehres
Major(s) Business
Admission Criteria Open
Focus Expands the range and impact of a major in business through career exploration.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Learning Community is a group of students who share common interests and participate in a variety of programs and field trips, take a cluster of general education courses, and are provided upperclass mentors all under the direction of a faculty/staff member. Students and faculty develop close relationships in and out of the classroom that lead to greater academic success, a broader view of education, livelier and more integrated university experiences and a great sense of commitment.

  • To find help and encouragement from folks living around you.
  • To have a more enriching and meaningful college experience.
  • To have FUN!
  • For increased access to faculty.
  • To make friends with people who share your same interests.
  • Receive help and assistance from upper class mentors.

Yes! All LC courses earn credit toward graduation. Check with your LC faculty director for more details.

LCs provide the opportunity for upperclassmen to serve as peer mentors to next year's incoming class. Students in their sophomore year and beyond can serve as Community Assistants in the residence halls. Contact the faculty director of your LC for more information.

Many functions within a particular LC are optional - thus students are often not required to attend. Students are generally free to choose those activities that best fit within their respective schedules. However, it's important to understand that any activity - be it an LC, an intramural team, or a club - is only as good as the time and energy you are willing to put into it. So, the more energy and effort you contribute to your LC and your peers, the more rewarding this experience will be.

No. Each learning community has a separate academic director and its own selection process. The individuals making the selection decisions have no knowledge of which other communities you applied to. The more programs you apply to, the better your chances of being accepted into one of them.

No. Each learning community is placed in designated buildings. It is more important that you select an LC based on your interests and goals.

You can room with someone outside of your Learning Community. If your roommate is not a member of any LC, they will live with you in your assigned residence hall. However, both of you must request each other as roommate in MyHousing Self-Service.

If you want to room with a student in a different LC than your own, you must decide together which LC residence hall you will live in. Once you've decided, contact the Learning Communities office to let us know. You'll still need to request each other as roommates in MyHousing Self-Service.

It varies from community to community whether you will have the opportunity to return to your LC as an upperclassman. Most LCs are only designated for first-year students. Check with your LC's faculty director.

You will be notified via your Bloomsburg University e-mail account about your LC acceptance. Please watch your university assigned e-mail address (@huskies.bloomu.edu) for your acceptance and other important e-mails. Your actual housing assignment and roommate information will be available on MyHousing in early August. Specific hall and room placements are not available until that time.

The LC process is separate and needs to be updated manually. Please watch for emails at your university assigned e-mail address (@huskies.bloomu.edu) for information about the LC you’ve chosen.

Office Directory

Jennifer Hunsinger

Jennifer Hunsinger

  • Director of Student Success, Learning Communities and Second Year Experiences