Chapman Learning Community

The Chapman Learning Community is an award-winning, high-impact program for first-year students of all majors, including undecided students. This community is designed especially for those students who wish to continue their service work on behalf of others, but who also want to develop their capacity as future leaders.

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Important Information

  • First Two Years | $300
  • Last Two Years | $75
  • Residence Hall | Kohl Hall

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Brett Holden, Ph.D.


Chapman students have many opportunities to serve their community. Current opportunities consist of:

  • Study poverty and help serve food at a soup kitchen
  • Discuss animal rights and assist with animal care at the Humane Society
  • Explore ecological sustainability and remove invasive species at a local park
  • Research the impact of military deployments upon veterans and military families while assisting a regional equine therapy non-profit and the Ohio National Guard.


Returning sophomore students (and beyond) become leaders in the community. Chapman Leaders have an important role within the community. Some of their key responsibilities include:

  • Serve as peer-mentors to first-year Chapman students
  • Work with graduate interns, the Chapman Secretary, CLC director, Resident Advisors, and other Chapman faculty to assist new students with questions, registration and transitioning to life at BGSU
  • Plan community service and social events

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Community Details

Location | Kohl Hall
Community Fees + Residential Fees

  • First Two Years | $300
  • Last Two Years | $75

Residential Requirement | First- and second-year students are required to live in the Learning Community. Third- and fourth-year students serve in a leadership role and do not have to live in the community to be a member.

Chapman students live in a diverse population in Kohl Hall along with other highly ambitious and motivated students who are members of other learning communities. Students work, live and hang out together to ease the transition to college life, while also helping the community.

Kohl Hall is centrally located and steps away from the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and the Jerome Library. Kohl Hall is a Traditional residence hall with a modern design 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


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.

 Find your fit today!