About our Communities

The University of New England’s First Year Experience Living Learning Communities (LLCs) and Themed Living Communities (TLCs) 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 early to participate in an off-campus retreat to develop a sense of community with other LLC/TLC members.

Students interested in an LLC or TLC for Fall 2023 must go through one of the summer orientation sessions in June 2023.

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.

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 an LLC or TLC, you will be housed with that community in a double residence hall room in a common first-year building. This could possibly change based on needs for space, i.e. triple rooms instead of doubles. Each community will benefit from the involvement of a professional staff advisor, a resident advisor (RA), and a first-year expert.

2024-2025 Academic Year Living Learning Communities

These communities are open to specific majors only.

Health Professions Community

Eligible Majors: Pre-PharmacyDental HygieneNursingApplied Exercise ScienceAthletic TrainingHealth, Wellness, and Occupational Studies; Nutrition; Public Health; or Social Work

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 professional staff, and engage in a variety of experiential learning opportunities.

Marine Learning Community

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

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.

Medical Biology Living Learning Community

Eligible Majors: Any College of Arts and Sciences major intending to pursue graduate health education

The Medical Biology LLC is an opportunity for students that plan to pursue graduate education in medicine, veterinary, dentistry, optometry, etc. This community is distinct from the Health Professions Community and is intended for pre-health students enrolled in majors within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). In addition to taking at least two common courses over the year you will be able to explore your intended field of study, connect with student support services, and receive opportunities to engage in experiential learning with your classmates. 

2024-2025 Academic Year Themed Living Communities

These communities are open to students in any major.

Lavender Community

The Lavender Community is for students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or as allies of the community. Residents will have the opportunity to develop, foster, and explore identity, get connected to campus and local resources, and participate in specialized programming provided by UNE supports. This is first and foremost a space for LGBTQIA+ identified individuals to feel safe and thrive.

How to Apply

  • Applications can be found online. To access the application you will need to log in using your Nor’easter login.
  • All completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 28 and you will be notified of acceptance into the program via email by the end of July. 

Contact

If you have questions or need more information, please contact the First Year Experience office at (207) 602-2687 or fye@une.edu.