Southeast Missouri State University

The Learning Community Program at Southeast Missouri State University is designed to enhance your academic success and your residential experience.  This is accomplished through building a community in which you are surrounded by students with similar academic interests and career goals, conducting specialized programming that is designed by staff and faculty from your academic area and providing access to resources that will aid in classroom success.

The general goals and concepts of the Learning Community Program are as follows:

  • A community of students who support one another in their academic pursuits
  • A connection to the Southeast community, both academic and social, with an emphasis on retention and persistence to graduation
  • A strong out of classroom experience through experiential learning
  • An understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and the variety of human experience
  • A culture of student leadership which empowers civic responsibility.

Research has shown that students living in learning communities have a better understanding of the academic material, better interpersonal and critical thinking skills, and a stronger connection with faculty members and the institution (Shapiro and Levine).  The university benefits by retaining more students that in turn persist until graduation (Shapiro and Levine).

The Office of Residence Life, in conjunction with our many academic partners, is pleased to offer Learning Community Experiences in the subjects or interest areas listed below.  Click on a link to learn more about that specific program.

Business Themed Community
Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Community
Computer Science and Engineering Themed Community
Tomorrow's Teachers Learning Community
Honors Themed Community
Transfer Themed Community
Nursing Themed Community
Medical Science Themed Community
Agriculture and Environmental Science Themed Community