Learning Communities

Are you wondering if you'll get to know anyone in your classes during your first semester? Do you like studying with other people? Do you want to meet people with the same interests as you? If so, Learning Communities are just for you!

Why does Montclair State University offer Learning Communities?

Adjusting to the demands of your courses, making new friends, and finding your niche at college can be challenging. Learning Communities make it easier for first-year students to form connections with classmates and faculty. Students who have participated in a Learning Community report that it helped them to be more successful in their classes, eased their transition to MSU, and helped them to form friendships.

"I really enjoyed being in the Learning Community. The people that I am in it with have become friends and that has helped me to do better in school because we are helping each other out in the four classes that we have together."*

What is a Learning Community?

A cluster of 3 - 4 courses that a group of 10-25 first-year students take together

What are the courses?

  • A required College Writing Course
  • A required New Student Seminar class emphasizing the academic and social skills necessary in transitioning to college
  • 1-2 courses that fulfill General Education or Major requirements

"It is a great way to make friends and have people you know in your classes to work with, study with, or ask questions."*

Is the Learning Community my complete fall schedule?

No - at New Student Orientation, you will select about two additional classes to create a complete fall schedule

Who is Eligible for a Learning Community?

Nearly every first-year student is eligible for a Learning Community

Most students who have selected a major take part in Learning Communities with courses specific to their majors

Undeclared students participate in Learning Communities comprised of required General Education courses

"I recommend it to all incoming freshmen."*

What are the Advantages of Enrolling in the Learning Communities?

Students who participated in Learning Communities were more likely to earn good grades and complete all of their classes in comparison to students who did not participate**

Students who participated reported that Learning Communities helped them to see connections between their classes, make friends with their peers, and adjust more quickly to Montclair State University**

*Quotes taken from a survey of Fall 2009 Learning Community participants
**According to an analysis of Fall 2004-2008 Learning Community participants