What are Learning Communities?

Learning Communities at the University of North Texas offer students the opportunity to get involved in academic, service, and social activities with other new UNT students who share similar interests.

Learning Communities include two or more of following components:

  • Core Courses: Core courses are required for all students. These are often large courses but you’ll have the benefit of being enrolled with students in your learning community
  • Major Courses: Courses specific to or recommended for your intended major
  • Integrated Content: In addition to students being co-enrolled in two or three courses, the faculty work together to create themes and assignments that connect the content of the courses
  • Peer Mentor: An upperclass student who provides support and advice and coordinates activities for the group 
  • Residence: Live on the same wing with students who share common majors or interests

Learning Community Options

  • Zombie Apocalypse: Comprised of two completely co-enrolled core courses, this thematic community focuses on life after the apocalypse. Click here to learn more.
  • Major Focused Communities: Comprised of two or more courses required by the major and high support from the faculty in the department, these communities are assigned a peer mentor whose responsibility is to connect students to the department, each other, and the university. Click here to learn more.
  • Affinity Groups: Comprised of two or more courses, these communities are geared toward students who share specific interests or characteristics (such as LGBTA Studies). Click here to learn more.
  • REAL Communities: Choose from a variety of residential learning communities where you will live on the same wing with students who have the same major or area of interest as you. Each REAL Community has a Faculty/Staff Mentor and Resident Assistant who are passionate about the focus of the community and provide community-specific activities and opportunities. Some communities include a course component.  Jazz Studies, Engineering, Art & Design, and Health Professions are just a few of the many REAL Communities offered by Housing. Click here to learn more. 

Learning Community Benefits

  • Learning Communities provide you with a “UNT family” who can help you be successful in college. 
  • Enrolling in a Learning Community can guarantee you a seat in the popular courses you need at the best times and with highly rated instructors. 
  • Students who are part of a learning community earn higher grades and are more likely to stay in college and finish with a college degree.  Click here for more information on retention and GPA.
  • Students in learning communities make stronger connections and build longer lasting relationships with fellow students, academic advisors, academic departments, and faculty.

Learn More

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at learningcommunities@unt.edu.