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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 (By Invitation-only)

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 who accept an offer into Fiat Lux are not eligiblet to participate in any other LLC.

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


Aristotle House

Beyond the MD

Carson House



Available to: First-year students

Located in: Glacier Point

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

These three 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

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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

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, Julie Bishop 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, Julie Bishop at

Professional Engineering (PE) LLC

Available to: First-year students interested in engineering carrers

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 SPRK 010: Inclusive Innovation in the Fall semester. and in ENGR 091: Professional Development in the Spring semester. They will have the option to enroll in 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 PE LLC in academic year 2023-24 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. Please not that members of the LLC are required to attend professional development events outside of class. These events include workshops, talks, panels, etc.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at

Business and Entrepreneurship LLC

Available to: First-year students interested in a business and/or entrepreneurship.

Located in: Granite Pass

The Business and Entrepreneurship LLC is designed for students from any major who are interested in gaining a more comprehensive knowledge of the business field. Students will gain an understanding of the basics of business, such as the process of starting a small business, taking new products to market, marketing, and finance/investments.

The Business and Entrepreneurship LLC will give students the opportunity to network with business professionals, listen to guest speakers, attend professional development workshops, and participate in various business-related activities.The LLC will have a faculty member from the Economics and Business Economics department who will serve as a mentor and provide guidance to the students to successfully navigate their first year in college.

Students in the Business and Entrepreneurship LLC will enroll in two common courses: ECON 001 (Introduction to Economics) in the fall semester and ECON 005 (Intorduction to Business and Finance) in the spring semester.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at

Explore House

Available to: First year students who are undeclared/undecided or are interested in exploring their academic goals and pathways, and what it means to be a college student at a research university.

Located in: El Portal

Explore House LLC is designed to foster a sense of community among undeclared and/or undecided students, with a focus on providing programming and resources related to academic, career, and social exploration. Activities will engage students to explore their strengths, interests, and possible career paths. This community is designed for students who begin their career at UC Merced as an undeclared and/or undecided student as well as those who seek to hone their experience through exploration of UC Merced’s range of academic programs and enrichment opportunities.

Students enrolled in this program will be required to enroll in a Spark Seminar (TBD) and one unit of Undergraduate Studies in both fall and spring semesters.

Fall semester weekly time commitment includes SPARK seminar (2-4 hours), USTU (1-hour), weekly lunch meeting (1-hour, flexible days/times offered). Participation in additional activities is strongly encouraged. Spring semester weekly time commitment includes USTU (1-hour), weekly lunch meeting (1-hour, flexible days/times offered). Participation in additional activities is strongly encouraged.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at

Living with Clean Energy (LCE) LLC

Available to: First-year solar and Energy (SOE) or School of Natural Sciences (SNS) students interested in renewable energy.

Located in: El Portal

The LCE-LLC program is designed to engage students with choices they can make that will faciliate the energy transition toward renewable energy. In particular, students interested in electrical engineering as either a major or minor are encouraged to join.

Students will be encouraged to enroll in a SPARK seminar entitled: "Our Energy Future" and EE 001 (a 1-unit course about electrical engineering which will give an overview of why electricity is so important to our world). Students will explore how electrification can provide a huge step toward solving the world’s energy challenges and will learn about new technology options that facilitate electrification like electric vehicles, heat pumps, and induction stoves. Speakers and demonstrations will provide students an opportunity to learn about and experience these technologies.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at

Merced Scholars (Invite Only)

Located in: El Portal 

The Scholars LLC is available by invitation-only for academically high achieving students, including Regents Scholars and Chancellor’s Scholars. Community events focus on engagement with faculty, exploration of campus research opportunities, academic study groups and social networking.

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at

International House LLC

Available to: First-year students interested in international issues

Located in: El Portal

Merced, CA, is the home of vast Hispanic and Asian communities (24% foreign-born), and UC Merced is the most ethnically and culturally diverse campus of the University of California system (76%).

Our community provides opportunities to engage with the campus vision and explore, promote, facilitate, and expand intercultural and international learning and engagement opportunities for all campus community members in the service of the University of California’s larger commitment to teaching, research, and public service.

International House Merced provides students the opportunity to identify their own pathway to becoming a global citizen, engage in on-campus and off-campus cultural events, and learn about cultural and political trends in the world: food, customs, languages, beliefs, migrations, social justice, climate, LGTBQ+ issues. International House LLC is open to all students interested in international issues who seek to be change-makers in today’s world. Members of our community are expected to be active members who exhibit curiosity, initiative, and a desire to positively impact the world around them.

Students must register for a one-unit course (TBD).

Students with questions about this LLC should contact us at

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