Living Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities are specialized residential environments designed to integrate on-campus living with a focused academic experience. The mix of curricular and co-curricular activities inside and outside of the classroom enables students to fully engage in their VCU experience and learn to encounter real world experiences with an interdisciplinary approach. With the support of dedicated staff members, intentional events and programs, and experiential learning opportunities students who participate in LLCs at VCU experience a stronger connection to the university through increased academic and personal success. All residential students have the opportunity to participate in a Living-Learning Community. We offer several varieties of communities that are designed to enhance on-campus living with a focus on shared interest, academic goals, or lifestyle preferences. One type of Living-learning Community is a Living-learning Program. These communities are a hybrid residential-academic experience specifically designed for upperclassmen students. Upon completion of these programs students will receive an academic transcript distinction such as a certificate of completion or minor.

Living-Learning Communities

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Sophomore Year Experience

Housed in Cary & Belvidere, this program will help students navigate their sophomore year by offering specialized programming geared to sophomore success. Residents will have in-hall access to campus resources such as advising, career support and faculty interactions. Along with greater access to campus resources, the Sophomore Year Experience will host #Adulting. This series is geared to develop life skills like money management, time management, health and wellness. So get more out of your sophomore year and join the Sophomore Year Experience.  

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Recovery Housing

Recovery Housing is a Living-Learning Community where residents choose to commit to a sober living abstaining from alcohol, illegal drugs, and substances for which they do not own a current prescription. 

VCU Transform, Living-Learning Program

VCU Transform is a 2-year, innovative VCU living-learning program for undergraduate students of sophomore status or above. The program is designed to help students’ develop as changemakers through an intentional focus on leadership, community engagement and global competency. VCU Transform will build students’ skills through a specialized curriculum, co-curricular initiatives and a community-focused residential experience. Students of this program will have unique opportunities to serve in the Richmond community, interact with local leaders, explore cross-cultural communication and engage in exciting social events. The program is designed for students to get out of their comfort zone and leave a legacy at VCU and beyond, but also build relationships and a social network that will help them achieve their personal and career goals. Beyond the requirements, VCU Transform offers a unique and special experience for students that will make impacts beyond their time at VCU.

Students who participate and complete the VCU Transform living-learning program will receive a Certificate of Completion in Leadership Studies and Experiential Learning.

Why join VCU Transform?

  • Unleash your leadership potential
  • Build relationships in a dynamic, diverse, and inclusive community
  • Support your success and achieve your academic goals
  • Complete an immersive experiential learning pathway that will help you achieve your career and professional goals
  • Apartment-style living that is close to everything on campus
  • Grow in your ability to reflect and make connections between your academic and beyond the classroom experience at VCU
  • Expand your network by interacting with campus and community leaders

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