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"I joined a first year learning community when I was a freshman at UWM and I still see some of my classmates and participate in Mock Trial with my first year learning community with my professor. Joining a first year learning community really helped me connect with other students and feel comfortable approaching professors." - Cassie Van Gompel

Join a Learning Community

College classes can be very different from your high school classes. They can be larger, require more work and require you to participate in new ways. With this in mind, UWM has created several types of Learning Communities to assist with this new class experience. First year students will have the chance to register for these at New Student Orientation. Because we have such a diverse group of first-year students, there are a large number of options. For a complete listing of the LCs or more information, checkout


Bring your work home with you. Living Learning Communities (LLCs, for short) are a great way to combine learning in and outside of the classroom. Students in LLCs take at least one course together and live on the same floor in the residence hall. Think of how easy it will be to study for a test when your classmates are right next door. Students need to sign-up for LLCs on their residence hall contract during the admission process. Some are for specific majors like Innovation House for Engineering and Computer Science majors or for common interests like the Community Leadership, where students learn how to pursue positive change in their communities. For more information about LLCs, checkout or contact Keri Duce, Assistant Director of Student Success at 414-229-5385 or


Vampires, Baseball and Comedy…OH MY. The First Year Seminars (FYSs) allow students to take courses focused on writing and speaking on interesting topics. These courses enroll no more than 20 students and are a great opportunity to learn how to be an active member of a seminar course and get to know a professor in a smaller setting. Another bonus is they often fulfill General Education Requirements and the profs get special training on working with first year students. Want to know more? Take a look at


Not ordering before you see you the menu. Still haven’t found your major or career path? You are not alone. Eighty percent of college-bound students have yet to choose a major, according to Dr. Fritz Grupe, founder of Another 50 percent will change their major at least once. Join up with other undecided or exploring students in Ed Pysch 101: Planning Your Major and/or Career. These courses are a partnership between the Ed Pysch department and the Career Development Center.