Currently Not Accepting New Member Applications for the Next Academic School Year.

SEARCH Learning Community

SEARCH is a dynamic learning community designed to be a home away from home for undergraduate students from all majors, backgrounds and beliefs who are interested in the exploration of big questions, leadership development, social justice and close friendships. This one-of-a-kind SEARCH experience will include participation in optional extracurricular activities, weekly discussions and energizing mentoring relationships as part of their overall educational experience at BGSU.


Important Information

Dr. Michael Brown
Learning Community Director

Community Highlights

  • One-on-one and group life coaching
  • Mentoring and peer relationships
  • Question of the Week dialogues
  • Extracurricular activities: Book clubs, common meals, field trips and service projects 

SEARCH Community

McDonald Hall

Residential Requirements

Fee* | $75 + Residential Fees
Must live in the community? No
Allows roommate pull-ins? Yes

*Fees are per semester.

Residential Requirement | Students who are members of the SEARCH 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 in SEARCH -or- you can choose a roommate who is not a member.

About the Community | SEARCH Learning Community students live in a diverse population in McDonald Hall along with other highly ambitious and motivated students who are members of other Learning Communities. Students work, live and hangout together to ease the transition to college life, while supporting each other throughout the SEARCH program.

McDonald Hall | Centrally located and steps away from the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and the Jerome Library, McDonald Hall is a traditional residence hall and houses classrooms and faculty/staff offices. Amenities include an art studio, music room, study area, computer lab, laundry on each floor and a full community kitchen.

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 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.


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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Updated: 05/04/2022 05:04PM