AIMS Theme Community

The AIMS Learning Community is open to all students admitted to the AIMS programis and is a place to live and learn alongside peers who share your interest and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math. This learning community assists students in navigating challenging first-year courses in science, technology and math disciplines while making lifelong friendships. It is a friendly, comfortable spot on campus where you will have easy access to your classmates and where you will have the opportunity to practice and master the fundamentals of calculus and other key courses right in your residence hall. Students in the AIMS Learning Community live in close proximity to their classrooms and laboratories. Although the community strives to enrich students’ academic success, it is far from “all work and no play”; it also creates lasting connections among community members through field trips, leadership development activities, floor programs and shared meals.

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Important Information

Sarah Jurden
Assist. Director of AIMS

Learn more about the AIMS program here.

Community Highlights

  • Students are clustered together based on academic interest and will have access to additional resources in the building.
  • Academic support, study lounges with in-hall computer clusters, and faculty involvement are available to community members.
  • Learning Community staff creates exciting experiences to meet, interact, and bond with other STEM students who share the same adventures, challenges, and opportunities.

Engaging Experiences

  • Fun, social opportunities for students to connect with each other as well as to faculty and staff within the STEM disciplines.
  • Connect with classmates and peers and begin to establish the friendships and team-building skills critical to success in STEM disciplines as students explore common interests.
  • Future success is enhanced through development of relationships with faculty members around research opportunities and career exploration.

AIMS Residential Community home

Offenhauer Towers

Residential Requirements

Fee $0 + Residential Fees
Must live in the community? No
Allows roommate pull-ins? Yes

Residential Requirement | Students who are members of the AIMS Learning Community are not required to live within the community but it is an added benefit to the program. If you choose to live in the community, you can choose to room with someone who is an AIMS scholarship recipient -or- you can choose a roommate who is not.

About the Community | AIMS students live in a diverse population in Offenhauer Towers along with other highly ambitious and motivated students who are members of other learning communities. Students work, live and play together to ease the transition to college life.

Offenhauer Towers | This hall houses over 800 students in Double and Single Traditional Rooms with air conditioning. The rooms are some of the largest on campus and the hall features Outtakes Quick Cuisine in the lobby. Fun fact: The Offenhauer Towers are the two tallest buildings on campus at 10 and 11 stories.

How to Apply

Each community has a set of residence hall rooms specifically designated for them. To sign up for one of these rooms, you must apply, and be accepted into the community, prior to April 25, 2018. To ensure your chance to live in the community, please complete the following steps:

Step 1
Complete your housing application
Step 2 Apply here and login with your BGSU username and password
Step 3 Click on Add a New Community Enrollment Request and choose your desired community and academic year/term
Please Note Students can only apply for two communities on there own. If you want to apply to more than two communities, please contact the additional communities you are interested in so they can apply for you. If you have applied for two and change your mind, go into the system and withdraw yourself from the one(s) you are no longer interested in. This will open up a space for you again.

After you have submitted your request to join a community, you will receive an email from the community director approving your request. When it’s time for you to select your room in the next phase, you will be able to view and select rooms within the designated community space in the community’s residence hall. For example, if you choose to join the Chapman Learning Community, you will select a room in Kohl hall.

Having Trouble Applying?

If you are experiencing any issues when you are trying to apply for this community or any others, please contact Lenee Hammersmith at 419-372-9979 in our Learning Community Office so she can assist you. We are here to help.


Join one of our Learning or Theme Communities and take advantage of unique opportunities designed to help you succeed in your personal, professional and academic lives. These communities are comprised of students who share a major or common interest.

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