2020-21 First Year Living-Learning Communities & Themed Living Communities

The deadline for LLCs/TLCs is April 15, 2021. You may still apply after this date to be placed on the waitlist.


Living Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) and Themed Living Communities (TLCs) provide an easier way for students to transition academically and socially into the Drury’s campus.  LLCs are organized around themes and coincide with an academic class.  The Arts, The Hunger Games and Dystopian Futures, Pre-Health Sciences LLCs are linked to the students FUSE 101 course. The  Leadership Excellence at Drury (LEAD) LLC is linked to a leadership PDEV course.  Students who are accepted into an LLC will attend class together and live on the same wing in their Residence Hall. 

Themed Living Communities

Themed Living Communities (TLCs) are not linked to an academic class but will offer specialized programming throughout the first year. Students will have the opportunity to live on the same wing with a cohort of students with similar interests and participate in theme-based programming that may fulfill co-curricular badge requirements.  As a result, LLC and TLC students quickly form social bonds with their peers and instructors, have a like-minded support group and access to staff and faculty mentors. LLCs and TLCs bridge the gap between in-class and out-of-class learning.

What are the Benefits of Joining a Living Learning Community or Themed Living 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.

LLCs and TLCs 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/TLCs participants are selected through an application process and are capped at 15-20 students per section. Students are not selected on a first-come first-selected basis. Drury selects students based solely on the quality of the applications and short essay answers received. Please read below for a list of this year’s LLC/TLC themes and the online application.

**Please note that themes will be offered based on student interest.  The lowest ranked theme(s) may not be offered for the 2021-22 academic year.**

Faculty/Staff Mentors

Living Learning Communities encourage strong mentoring relationships between faculty/staff and students, as well as the value of developing communities of shared purpose. Nationally, research has consistently shown benefits of the interaction in Living Learning Communities and Themed Living 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).

How to Apply: 

  1. Apply and be accepted to Drury University.
  2. Return your 2021-22 Housing Contract to the Drury Admission Office with Freshman Living Learning Communities and Themed Living Communities marked as your first residential hall choice.
  3. Pay the $200 housing deposit and $100 tuition deposit (refundable through June 1, 2020).
  4. Submit the online Living Learning Community application. 
  5. All requirements (online application, deposit and housing contract) must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2021

Apply for the LLC/TLC Program

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Stewart, Director of New Student Programs, at You can also review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions