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Living Learning Communities

Descriptions of each LLC can be found below.

If you have specific questions regarding housing, including the cost of housing and meal plans, please visit the housing website.


Fiat Lux

Available to: First-year students

Located in: First and third floor of Tenaya Hall

Fiat Lux is aimed to enhance students' academic performance, drive, ambition and overall college experience. Members of this program are encouraged to live together as part of the Fiat Lux Living Learning Community. Fiat Lux residents will have the opportunity to participate in monthly faculty receptions and participate in the common course USTU 10.

Students with questions about this LLC should visit the Fiat Lux website or contact Fiat Lux at


Aristotle House

Beyond the MD

Carson House

Vaughan House

Available to: First-year students

Located in: Glacier Point

Students in the School of Natural Sciences may participate in a one of four academically themed Natural Sciences Living Learning Communities. The communities include:

These four houses are special residential communities cosponsored by the School of Natural Sciences, which houses Applied Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Systems Science and Physics.

Students with questions about these LLCs should contact Jose Martinez at

In the news: 

Science-Themed Living Learning Communities Enjoy Success Debut


Leadership and Service LLC

Available to: First-year students. All first-year students who complete the full year of the Leadership and Service LLC are eligible to participate in the second-year experience of the Leadership and Service LLC.

Located in: El Portal (first-year students) and Mariposa (second-year students)

The Leadership and Service Living Learning Community is open to first-year students who are interested in exploring and developing leadership and becoming an active and engaged member of their community.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact Jess Evora at or Vernette Doty at



Available to: First-year, second-year, and continuing students

Located in: Granite Pass

The AFRO(Afrikans for Recruitment and Outreach) Hall Living Learning Community welcomes first-and second-year students from all cultures within the African diaspora who are interested in exploring their African and black identities while enhancing their collegiate experience through networking and mentorship opportunities, academic support, and community engagement.

The program was established by student leaders of the AFRO Organization to unite students in the African diaspora and to increase the retention and four-year graduation rates through various resources that enhance students’ academic success. As a signature initiative of the AFRO student organization, AFRO Hall provides opportunities for scholars to engage in three student success-driven focus areas:

  1. Community building and cultural capital
  2. Academic excellence and retention strategies
  3. Community outreach and servant leadership

Not only was AFRO Hall made possible by student advocacy, but this community remains today thanks to the commitment of student leaders of the AFRO student organization and their partnerships with staff and faculty across campus. Those interested or with questions may contact AFRO hall staff at with the subject line: “AFRO Hall Inquiry.”

Watch a video introduction to UC Merced's AFRO Hall by clicking here.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact


Transfer LLC

Available to: Transfer students (If interested, please contact Program Coordinator Rosa Hernandez at

Located in: Valley Terraces

The Transfer Living Learning Community provides a supportive environment for transfer students to successfully transition to UC Merced’s culture and community.

As a community of transfer students transitioning from another campus to life here at UC Merced, we aim to provide resources that vary widely from freshmen services because we recognize the support you need is different. We do this by providing academic support for upper division courses, a transition course only for transfers, a close-knit community of students looking for a social experience that will help them build a network on campus and an opportunity to meet faculty and learn about the value of research.

If you would like to learn more about the Transfer LLC or have questions, please contact Program Coordinator Rosa Hernandez at


Professional Engineering (PE)

Available to: First-year engineering majors

Located in: Granite Pass

Professional Engineering Living Learning Communities (PE LLCs) are intended for first-year students interested in engineering careers.

Students in the PE LLCs will enroll in ENGR 091: Professional Development and SPRK 010: Inclusive Innovation in the Fall semester and ENGR 096: Human-Centered Research & Design in the spring semester. In addition to taking these courses, students in the PE LLCs will engage in communal learning and career development experiences such as workshops, panel discussions and collaborative projects. The inaugural PE LLC in academic year 2022-23 will be affiliated with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), whose members will provide peer support for first-year students to socially adjust and academically succeed as engineering majors.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at


Public Health Pathways

Available to: First-year students interested in public health

Located in: Granite Pass

The Public Health Pathways Living Learning Community (PHP LLC) is intended for students from diverse backgrounds and those who may be underrepresented in higher education and/or public health who are interested in pursuing a public health or related professions.

Students in this Living Learning Community will enroll in PH 001: Introduction to Public Health in fall 2022 and participate in a seminar, where local, regional, and national guest speakers within the field of public health are invited to speak. The PHP LLC will combine formal classroom learning with experiential and research activities that prepare these students to engage in public health research and advocacy and opportunities for networking and academic support.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at



Available to: First-year students interested in entrepreneurship

Located in: Granite Pass

The Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community is intended for students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in any form of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship may include starting small businesses, taking new products and designs to market, serving as an “intrapreneur” within a corporation or “non-startup entrepreneurship” (e.g. licensing a product, and buying and selling assets like businesses or financial instruments) or developing personal business, design and marketing acumen.

Students in this Living Learning Community will enroll in a common SPRK 001 course and ECON 001: Introduction to Economics in fall 2022 and MIST 50: Entrepreneurship in spring 2023. In addition to shared coursework, students will have unique extra-curricular opportunities to network with entrepreneurs, visit start-up companies, hear from guest speakers and receive mentoring.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at


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  2. Stassen, M. L. A. (2003). Student Outcomes: The Impact of Varying Living-Learning Community Models. Research in Higher Education.
  3. Brower, A. M., Inkelas, K. K. (2010). Living-Learning Programs: One High-Impact Educational Practice We Now Know A Lot About. Liberal Education.