The University of New England’s First Year Experience Living Learning Communities (LLC) and Themed Living Communities (TLC) provide an introductory leadership experience within the context of a residential setting.

Offered to incoming first-year students, you will have the opportunity to move to campus one day early to participate in an off-campus retreat to develop a sense of community with other LLC/TLC members. LLC students learn through a cohort style of learning by taking one or more linked courses together throughout the year. TLC students take advantage of theme-specific programming opportunities.

In smaller groupings, you will explore a specific theme with the support of both staff and student leaders.

You can expect to:

  • Meet new people who share similar interests and goals
  • Develop relationships with staff and faculty
  • Benefit from one-on-one mentorship
  • Participate in programs and workshops based on a common theme
  • Explore identities as leaders on campus
  • Learn about valuable resources which can assist in the goal of being successful
  • Make a positive contribution to the UNE community

If you participate in the LLC or TLC, you will reside with other students in a traditional style residence hall. Each theme will benefit from the involvement of a professional staff advisor, a Resident Advisor (RA), and a First Year Expert, and will occupy its own floor within the residence hall.

2021/22 Academic Year Living Learning Communities

These communities are open to students in specific majors.

Marine Learning Community

The Marine Living Learning Community is an opportunity for Marine Sciences, Marine Affairs, and Marine Entrepreneurship majors to more fully explore their area of study, develop as leaders, and successfully transition to the college environment. Marine LLC students will take at least two common courses over the year, receive additional support and mentoring from a collaborative team of faculty and staff, and engage in a variety of experiential learning opportunities on the shores of coastal Maine.

Eligible Majors: Marine Sciences, Marine Affairs, or Marine Entrepreneurship

Health Professions Community

The Health Professions Living Learning Community is an opportunity for first year students in the Westbrook College of Health Professions to fully explore their chosen career path, develop as leaders in their field and successfully transition to the college environment. Health Professions LLC students will take at least two common courses over the year, receive additional support and mentoring from a collaborative team of faculty and staff, and engage in a variety of experiential learning opportunities.

Eligible Majors: Pre-Pharmacy, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Applied Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Health, Wellness & Occupational Studies, Nutrition, Public Health, or Social Work


These communities are open to students in any major.

Go Global Community

Individuals participating in the Go Global Community are students of the world. UNE strives to empower students in becoming global citizens. Go Global Community members will explore all the world has to offer through self-reflection activities, programs, and cultural experiences, as well as service projects and retreats. Are you potentially interested in traveling abroad? This community is for you!

Eligible Majors: All Majors

Substance-Free and Healthy Lifestyles Community

Do you have a passion for health and wellness? How about a desire to be substance free? Residents of the Substance-Free and Healthy Lifestyles Community are committed to a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco products, illicit drugs, and misuse of prescription drugs. There are many reasons a student may choose to live a substance-free lifestyle which ranges from personal preferences to religious beliefs as well as for health benefits or concerns about past/possible addiction. Members who sign up for this housing option will sign a pledge agreeing to live substance-free at UNE. This community will provide and promote participation in programs and activities with campus partners that support their commitment to a substance-free and healthy lifestyle, including fitness and wellness opportunities, healthy alternatives, and more.

The University enforces that all residence hall rooms and public spaces comply with all federal, state, and University regulations related to the use or possession of alcohol and other drugs.

Eligible Majors: All Majors

Recreation Nation Community

Residents of the Recreation Nation Community are students who have an interest in any of the various recreational opportunities UNE offers including outdoor recreation, on-campus intramural sports, and club sports. This community is directly connected with staff members in Outdoor Recreation and Club Sports/Intramurals who will introduce students to the many opportunities for recreation at UNE and beyond. These students will have the chance to explore Maine’s beauty, compete for an intramural championship t-shirt, and, simply put, have FUN with others who share a common interest!

Eligible Majors: All Majors

First-to-Go Community

Are you or your sibling(s) the first in your family to go to college? If so, this community is for you! You’re part of a special group of students that we call first-generation college students because you (or your siblings) are the first in your family to embark on the journey to college. College can be confusing! Students in this the First-to-Go Community will be supported throughout the entire first year at UNE to help clear up any confusion about University policies, procedures, or college in general. We will pair you up with an upperclassmen student, known as a Peer Mentor, that’s gone through extensive training about how to best support you. Additionally, you will be connected with the resources on campus built to support your success.

Eligible Majors: All Majors


For more information, contact Jimmy Riley, coordinator of the First Year Experience at (207) 602-2687 or

Thinking of applying?

  • Applications can be found online. To access the application please visit the housing website and log in with your Nor’Easter log in. Not sure what your Nor’Easter login is? Look it up now.
  • All completed applications are due by June 15 and students will be notified of acceptance into the program via email by the end of July.
  • Questions? Call (207) 602-2687 or email us at

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