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Student communities: Living and learning

UC Davis’ Living-Learning Communities bring students with common interests together under one roof.

Located within student residence halls, these special interest communities are focused on a variety of topics, including business; engineering; sustainability; the health sciences; leadership; music, arts and performancewellness; and ethnic programs. UC Davis now has 20 living-learning and living-preference communities.

Though each community is different, the goal is the same — to provide an educational opportunity for students with similar interests to live in the same hall or on the same floor. Students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living in a group that shares their passions and intellectual curiosities.

Participating students often find the experience to be especially fulfilling and supportive, both academically and socially. An academic component, the Academic Theme Program, involves faculty-led weekly discussions on topics relevant to the community.

With innovative programs like Living-Learning Communities, UC Davis offers a variety of student housing options for incoming and existing students.

Corey Ching, an international relations major, talks about public perceptions of ethical behavior with Graduate School of Management professor Kim Elsbach during a class about ethics and how they affect the workplace. The class is in the Malcolm Hall main lounge for students in the Business Innovation and Leadership Development Living-Learning Community. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo

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