Residence Life

When you join a Learning Community you move into an environment where friendships are natural and campus more quickly feels like home.

Living with individuals who share your same interests, you enjoy unique resources and opportunities that help you succeed in your personal, professional and academic lives.  

Live and Learn with Students who Share Your Passions

  • Experience a smoother transition to university life
  • Earn higher grades
  • Graduate at higher rates
  • Participate in unique activities and trips
  • Get a head start with career networking that will help secure a job after you graduate.

Find Your Community

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Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Learning Community
Located in Offenhauer Towers, a learning community for all students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Learning Community
Located in McDonald Hall, a learning community for any student who is in the Air Force ROTC program at BGSU.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Learning Community
Located in McDonald Hall, a learning community for any students in the Army ROTC program at BGSU.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
All Majors Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Kreischer Quadrangle, a learning community for students interested in exploring the arts.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Learning Community
Located in McDonald Hall, a learning community for any student in the aviation program, including Air Force ROTC.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
All Majors Learning Community
Located in Kreischer Quadrangle, a learning community where preference goes to College of Musical Arts students but all students with the passion for Music can apply.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Kohl Hall, a learning community for students in a business major.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
All Majors Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Kohl Hall, a learning community for all students interested in community engagement, service and leadership.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Offenhauer Towers, a learning community for any students in the Criminal Justice program.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Learning Community
Located in McDonald Hall, a learning community for students in a College of Education and Human Development major.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Fee Based Learning Community
Located in McDonald Hall, a learning community for students in an education major.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Offenhauer Towers, a learning community for students in the BGSU Bachelor of Science Forensic Science degree program
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
All Majors Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Kohl Hall, a learning community for all students interested in meeting, and learning about, people from other countries and cultures.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
All Majors Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Founders Hall, a learning community for Honors College and all students in any major looking for an atmosphere conducive to academic excellence.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
All Majors Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Kohl Hall, a learning community for all students who are passionate about the Spanish-speaking world.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
Major and Program Specific Fee Based Learning Community
Located in Offenhauer Towers, a learning community for students in a science, health or pre-professional program.
Minor Available Bachelors Available Certificate/Endorsement Available Masters Available Doctorate Available Offered Online Available at Firelands Campus
All Majors Learning Community
A non-residential learning community for all students passionate about social justice and community activism.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 apply only for two communities on their 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.

Members of learning communities that are 'non-residential', receive the great benefits of belonging to a Learning Community but the community currently doesn't have a block of rooms inside a residence hall available to students to live in. A non-residential Learning Community may become a residential Learning Community in the future.

Some communities require students to live in the community in order to be a member. Others accept students regardless if they choose to live in the community. Check the page associated with each learning community you are interested in.

This is referred to as a pull-in, some communities allow pull-ins, meaning you can choose to live with someone from the community or choose a roommate outside of the community. If the community doesn't, you must select a roommate who is a member of the community. Check the page associated with each learning community you are interested in.

How to set-up a roomate pull-in

If your community allows roommate pull-ins and you want to live with someone who is not a member of the community, you are  eligible to live with your roommate in your designated community room; however, you will not be able to assign your roommate through this room selection process. Here are the steps to get your roommate assigned with you:

  1. Log in to the housing system during your assigned room selection time and select an open room (a room that shows 2/2)
  2. Call the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011 and provide your name and your roommate’s name. The Office of Residence Life will assign your confirmed roommate to that room (as long as space is available in your room) 
  3. Your roommate's room assignment will be in your room, but they will need to log in during their selection time in May to confirm their assignment and select a meal plan

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life.

If the community you are interested has a fee to join, the fee is applied per semester and is in addition to your Residential Fees. The fees are determined based on the types of experiences the community provides.

If you want to talk with someone about a specific learning community, use our request information form.

If you are uncertain which learning community would be the best fit for you, call us directly at 419.372.9979 and we'll assist you.

If you want to talk about one of our Learning Communities with Director Brett Holden, stop by 110 University Hall, the Office of Learning Communities, and meet us!

Updated: 09/08/2022 09:08AM