About LLC and TLC

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 professional 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 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.

2022/23 Academic Year Living Learning Communities

These communities are open to specific majors only.

Health Professions Community

Eligible Majors: Pre-Pharmacy, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Applied Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Health, 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 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.

2022/23 Academic Themed Living Communities

These communities are open to 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.

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 you may choose to live a substance-free lifestyle from personal preferences to religious beliefs as well as health benefits or past/possible addiction concerns. 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 your commitment to a substance-free and healthy lifestyle, including fitness and wellness opportunities, healthy alternatives, and more.

UNE 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.

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.

How to Apply


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

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