Living Learning Communities

What is a Living Learning Community?

Because learning does not take place exclusively in the classroom, Truman Residence Life offers undergraduate students the opportunity to live in one of our on-campus living-learning communities (LLCs). These are specific communities within our residence halls for students who share common academic goals or interests.

Students in these communities live in a residence hall together and participate as a group in various activities revolving around a central theme. In addition to community building opportunities, residents in LLC also have the opportunity to participate in out of the classroom learning activities such as interactions with faculty, service projects, field trips, speakers and other theme based social events.

The mission of Living Learning Communities at Truman State University is to create and extend student learning opportunities outside of the classroom that heighten student intellectual and personal growth. Living Learning Communities are purposeful attempts to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences that complement and extend classroom learning into the residential environment. These communities foster faculty, staff and resident interaction and enhance both intellectual and personal growth of the residents. Each community created will be constructed around a specific field of study or area of interest that will determine the program curriculum in that particular community. LLCs also provide a meaningful residential environment that is conducive to building a strong, cohesive peer support system.


Truman’s Residence Life Office hosts a number of LLCs around campus that are split among Dobson Hall, Missouri Hall, Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall and Ryle Hall. These locations are ideal for learning communities because of the close proximity in which the students live to each other, their Student Advisors and the Hall Director. These locations also provide direct access to:

  • Large lounge space used for programming, group discussions and community gatherings
  • Small enclosed study room used for small group projects and studying
  • Kitchen located within the community

Future Teachers Living Learning Community
Located in Dobson Hall


Residence Life is partnering with Truman’s Education Department to provide a unique learning opportunity for residents. Residents of the Future Teachers Living Learning Community have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events and out-of-class learning experiences. This community encourages the development of student-professor partnerships with the education faculty and growth within the field of education. This community is open to all first-year and returning students who are interested in learning more about the field of education.

Pre-Med Living Learning Community
Located in Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall


The Pre-Med Living Learning Community consists of first-year students planning to go into the medical field. This community offers interested students the opportunity to live, network and study together in a suite-style community. Programming focuses on undergraduate academic success, medical school application processes, and medical specialization exploration, as well as other various topics pertaining to the medical field.

Romance Languages Community
Located in Missouri Hall


The Romance Languages Community consists of first-year and upper-division students who have a strong interest in Romance Language courses offered at Truman. Residents in this LLC have the opportunity to form close connections with Romance Language faculty and practice their language skills at home.

Service Learning Community
Located in Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall


The Service Learning Community consists of first-year and upper-division students who have a passion for helping others. Residents in this house have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service experiences that develop leadership skills and foster civic engagement. The community encourages the development of social awareness and global responsibility, while promoting active participation in service-learning opportunities.

Sustainability Living Learning Community
Located in Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall


The Sustainability Living Learning Community is home to first-year and upper-division students. As a member of the Truman State University campus, this community of scholars is devoted to the principles of preserving our planet, our people, and our prosperity and endeavors to learn about, share, and contribute to the efforts of sustainability locally, nationally, and globally. The Sustainability LLC hopes to be instrumental in the growth of the sustainability movement at Truman.

Transitions Living Learning Community
Located in Ryle Hall


Truman’s Transitions LLC is a community focused on helping students successfully acclimate to life on Truman’s campus during their first year at Truman. This community works to foster not only strong connections with the residents in the hall but also with faculty and staff around campus who are available to provide aid, advice, or extra support during each student’s first year on campus. This community is focused on transfer student needs but is open to first-year freshman students who have higher-level concerns about transitioning to Truman.