Freshmen Living-Learning Communities

What is a Living-Learning Community?

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide an easier way for students to transition academically and socially into the Drury’s campus. Similar to CORE 101, LLCs are organized around themes such as: The Arts, The Hunger Games and Dystopian Futures, Monsters in the Mirror, Pre-Health Sciences and Emerging Leaders . However, unlike regular CORE 101 classes, students who are accepted into the LLC program live together in the same wing of a residence hall – Sunderland Hall. As a result, LLC students quickly form social bonds with their peers and CORE 101 professor. In doing so, LLCs bridge the gap between in-class and out-of-class learning.

What are the Benefits of Joining a Living-Learning Community?

Nationally recognized research has consistently shown a correlation between social wellness and academic performance. Students who feel comfortable with their peers are more likely to participate in class, have a higher rate of satisfaction with their class and are more likely to get involved in campus life.

LLC’s exemplify our commitment to creating an intimate learning experience and we wish that we could enroll all students in the program. However, due to size restrictions, LLCs are an application process and are capped at 16-20 students per LLC section. Students are not selected on a first-come first-selected basis. Drury selects students based solely on the quality of the essays received. Please read below for a list of this year’s LLC themes and the online application.

Faculty Mentors

Living-Learning Communities encourage strong mentoring relationships between faculty and students, as well as the value of developing communities of shared purpose. Nationally, research has consistently shown benefits of the faculty-student interaction in Living-Learning Communities to include:

  • Higher levels of student participation in class.
  • Greater student satisfaction with class.
  • Greater appreciation of the areas.
  • More involvement in campus life.
  • More time in group study (Pascarella and Terenzini, 2005).

2018-2019 Freshman Living-Learning Community Themes - Five themes to choose from!

How to Apply: 

  1. Apply and be accepted to Drury University.
  2. Return your 2018-19 Housing Contract to the Drury Admission Office with Freshman Living-Learning Communities in Sunderland Hall marked as your residential hall choice.
  3. Pay the $200 housing deposit and $100 tuition deposit (refundable through May 1, 2018).
  4. Submit the online Living Learning Community application. 
  5. All requirements must be received by 11:59 pm on April 15, 2018

Apply for the LLC Program

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Stewart, Director of New Student Programs, at (417) 873-6919 or You can also review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions