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
A residential 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
A residential learning community for students 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
A residential learning community for 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
A residential learning community for all 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
A residential learning community for students 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
Major and Program Specific Fee Based Learning Community
A residential 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
A residential 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
A residential learning community for 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 Fee Based Learning Community
A residential 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
A residential learning community for students in the BGSU Bachelor of Science in 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
A residential 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
A residential 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
A residential 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
All Majors Learning Community
A residential learning community where preference goes to College of Musical Arts students, but all students with a 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
A residential 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. To ensure your chance to live in the community, please complete the following steps:

Step 1

Complete your housing application

Step 2 Fill out the Learning Community Application and login with your BGSU username and password
Step 3

Click the "Add" button in the top right corner, choose your desired community and select the current academic year/term

Please Note Students can apply for only 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 changed your mind, go into the system and withdraw yourself from the communities 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 Music Community, you will select a room in Kreischer 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 does not allow pull-ins, you must select a roommate who is a member of the community. You can reach out to the learning community director to confirm if pull-ins are allowed in their community.

How to set-up a roomate pull-in

After you confirm that your Learning Community allows roommate pull-ins, here are the steps to get your roommate assigned to your room:

  1. Log in to your housing portal within MyBGSU during your assigned learning community room selection time and select a room showing "Number of vacancies: 2"
  2. Your roommate pull-in will then need to log in the same way you did, and "Confirm" the room you selected room

Please note: You will only be able to select a room in the residence hall your learning community is assigned to.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Housing.

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: 08/29/2023 10:08AM