Student Housing and Residence Life offers two unique types of communities to help students reach their academic potential and get connected with peers who share similar experiences and interests. Research suggests that students who participate in Living & Learning Communities may have higher academic success rates, higher college graduation rates, higher levels of satisfaction with their college experience, and an easier time connecting with their peers (Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2010).

Academic Learning Communities

  • Live anywhere on campus
  • Meet other students who share your major
  • Connect with Faculty Members and Peer Mentors
  • Enjoy programs collaboratively hosted by Student Housing and Residence Life and your given academic school (Business, Engineering, or Health Professions)

  • Business Learning Community

    The Collat School of Business Learning Community is for students who plan to or are interested in a business major. This community is for those interested in joining a community of students, faculty, and staff who are passionate about all areas of business. On-campus residents will work together to explore different business practices and engage in problem-solving and extracurricular activities that provide real-world context and experience. Programming within the Academic Learning Community is a partnership between the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life and the UAB Collat School of Business.

    As a part of this community, students will be exposed to and be able to participate in various professional and recreational development activities that will assist in self-assessment, exploration of academic majors, career exploration, and networking. Students in the Business Learning Community will also be able to build strong connections while taking similar courses, forming study groups, and learning from upper-level peer mentors.

    Benefits:

    • Learn, lead, collaborate, and serve as you prepare to become future business and community leaders.
    • Build a community of peers interested in and taking courses in similar topics.
    • Network with other students and faculty in similar fields.
    • Participate in programs designed to help students discover and strengthen their business-related knowledge and skills.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be an on-campus resident interested in or intending to major in Business.
  • Engineering Learning Community

    The Engineering Learning Community is designed to strengthen students’ college experience while fostering a sense of community among fellow engineering students. The learning community extends learning from the classroom where students participate in structured programs aimed at developing their academic success, forming connections with UAB Engineering alumni and job providers, and encouraging community service. This program will provide the scholars with a solid foundation for the successful completion of an engineering degree. Programming within the Academic Learning Community is a partnership between the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life and the UAB School of Engineering.

    Participating in this community provides on-campus engineering majors an opportunity to learn together and benefit from peer mentoring provided by upper-level engineering students and build relationships with School of Engineering faculty and staff. The advising and support they provide assists in improving performance in the early engineering classes.

    Benefits:

    • Bring together on-campus engineering students in a learning and developmental environment.
    • Build a community of peers to help with assignments, projects, and adjustment to college life.
    • Receive from and give encouragement and support to peers pursuing an engineering degree.
    • Develop skills for academic success, professionalism, and personal growth.
    • Learn from upper-level engineering students who serve as peer mentors to achieve greater academic success, form connections with other engineers, and learn about engineering clubs and organizations.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be an on-campus resident interested in or intending to major in Engineering.
  • Health Professions Learning Community

    Students interested in healthcare often share common goals and benefit from sharing ideas and resources for achieving them. In the Health Professions Learning Community, on-campus students will explore an array of areas across the healthcare industry, discover local community organizations, and benefit from building strong connections with peers while taking similar courses, forming study groups, and learning from upper-level peer mentors. Participants will join a community of fellow students, faculty, and staff in the School of Health Professions to encourage their academic success and connections in their given field. Programming within the Academic Learning Community is a partnership between the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life and the UAB School of Health Professions.

    Benefits:

    • Join a community that will support and challenge you to maximize your academic success and help you adjust to life on-campus.
    • Develop friendships and connections with students, faculty, and alumni in the School of Health Professions.
    • Participate in programs created exclusively for Health Professions Learning Community members.
    • Receive from and give encouragement and support to peers pursuing a health professions degree.
    • Learn from upper-level health professions students who serve as peer mentors.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be an on-campus resident interested in or intending to major in an area of the School of Health Professions: Health Care Management, Biomedical Sciences, or Biobehavioral Nutrition and Wellness.

Themed Living Communities

  • Live on a floor in one of our first-year residence halls (Blazer, Gold, or McMahon)
  • Neighbor next to students with similar experiences or a shared commitment to academic excellence
  • Connect with student leaders and staff advisors
  • Enjoy the leadership and engagement opportunities of both Student Housing and Residence Life and our campus partners (Transfer Student Organization and the Honors College)

  • Honors Themed Living Community

    The Honors Themed Living Community allows UAB Honors College students the opportunity to live together in a dedicated space, fostering a strong community focus with shared goals of academic excellence and enhanced campus civic engagement. Located in all three of our first-year residence halls, these communities help to facilitate informal interactions in the residence hall where students will cultivate an understanding of the four values of the Honors College: Belonging, Exploring, Leading, and Daring; in addition to, their own personalities, strengths, and areas of interest.

    Living in the Honors Residential Community gives you the opportunity to:

    • Create a "home away from home" with your fellow honors students.
    • Develop close relationships with students who share your commitment to education.
    • Integrate academic and co-curricular experiences
    • Continue engagement with Honors SMART Leaders who help to ensure that you have the resources to find your place at UAB and in the Honors College.

    Eligibility:

    • Students must be accepted to the UAB Honors College.
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must also be eligible to reside in the learning community.
  • Transfer Themed Living Community

    The Transfer Themed Living Community is specifically designed to meet the needs of students who transfer to UAB from a community college or another four-year institution. Students who reside in the Transfer Themed Living Community will explore what it means to be a successful UAB student by providing information about managing transitions. Throughout the year, activities, events, and programs designed in collaboration with community members will assist transfer students in navigating a new environment and meeting the goals they have for the coming academic year. These activities are different than what is offered for first year students. We have partnered with our transfer student organization to create an experience that is unique and meets the needs of transfer students.

    The community is welcoming of students of all backgrounds, majors, and experiences. The diversity of perspective and experience is one of the strongest points of the program and an opportunity for residents to learn from each other and grow together.

    Eligibility:

    • The program is available to any first-year transfer student who has earned academic credit at a college or university in the time between high school and enrolling at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Students from all majors and schools are encouraged to sign-up to reside in this residential community.
    • Preferred roommate:
      • Must be eligible to reside in the learning community.


FAQ

Can I be in both an Academic Learning Community and a Themed Living Community?

Yes, since Academic Learning Communities function like a student club or organization and do not affect housing assignments (unlike Themed Living Communities), participation in both opportunities is feasible.

Can I be in a Themed Living Community if my roommate is not eligible?

No, since Themed Living Communities are tied to housing assignments, only eligible participants will be able to reside in the community.

Can I join an Academic Learning Community if my roommate has a different major?

Yes, Academic Learning Communities do not affect housing assignments, so you may participate without your roommate joining you.

How do I apply?

  • Academic Learning Community – Search for the corresponding page on Engage and request to become a member. As such, you will be able to view upcoming events and access various resources.
  • Themed Living Community – Indicate your willingness to participate on your housing application.

How do I become a peer mentor?

Learning Community Mentors will be selected during the department of Student Housing and Residence Life’s student staff selection in Spring 2023. Details about applications and selection timeline will be communicated at a later date.