College of Engineering & Applied Science Living Learning Community

First-year CEAS students living on campus have the opportunity to join our Living-Learning Community (LLC), a residence-based program that focuses on establishing an effective support system, developing a meaningful academic and professional identity, and participating in an inclusive community.

About the Program

about 15 students and faculty members sit around a table eating pizza.

FUEL dinners allow students to connect with faculty on a more personal level. (Photo/Provided)

The CEAS LLC aims to create an environment that fosters collaborative learning, community engagement, and the students' development of an identity that is conducive to success in their chosen field.

LLC students participate in a variety of programming:

  • Live on campus with fellow CEAS students and resident assistants
  • Take one or more classes together with LLC peers
  • Compete in team design challenges, like the canoe building contest
  • Attend FUEL faculty dinners: CEAS faculty and LLC students dine and commune together in a casual, familiar, and low-pressure environment
  • Complete "Success in College" workshops in conjunction with Learning Commons
  • Enjoy co-curricular activities that support the development of leadership skills and an engineering identity


Several students in bathing suits compete in a cardboard canoe race in a UC pool. In the foreground, one young woman is paddling her canoe towards the camera, while two other canoes sink in the background. Groups of people stand on the side of the pool watching.

The winner of the 2018 canoe contest heads for the finish line. (Photo/Provided)

To qualify for the college's LLC, students will:

  • Enter UC as a first-year CEAS student that is accepted into any CEAS program
  • Live in Daniels HallMarian Spencer Hall, or Turner Hall for your first year.
  • Live with other first-year students who have 1) been accepted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science and 2) selected "ELLC" on their housing applications
  • Enroll in any first-year Engineering Education (ENED) course (regardless of outside credit)
  • Attend events throughout the semester designed to foster strong residence hall communities

How to Apply

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Daniels Hall is one ELLC housing option. (photo/UC Creative Services)

To apply, select the “ELLC” on the UC Housing application (section 7, "LLCs and special interest communities").

By applying, you agree to enroll in the first-year ENED courses (regardless of outside credit) and attend co-curricular required events throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.

Applicants will be asked to submit a brief questionnaire regarding their interest in the program (approximately 15 minutes).

Anonymous participant feedback:

  • “We get to share our experience about whatever we do, which helps [in the first year].”
  • “Having everybody around you taking the same classes is really helpful, especially when everybody doesn’t know how to do anything.”
  • “It’s nice to be in a group of people doing the same thing.”  
  • “I definitely feel more connected just because the engineering community is living around me.”

Benefits of LLCs

three groups of about a dozen in casual dress, stand and sit in a common area filled with cardboard and chairs.

Students in Daniels Hall construct cardboard canoes for the design challenge. (Photo/Provided)

All living-learning communities are created to assist students in becoming engaged citizens and experience based learners for their academic success. As a collaborative effort with Resident Education & Development (RED), Housing & Food Services, and sponsoring academic departments, LLCs connect to RED’s Core Values of Learning, Leadership, Inclusion, and Community.

Themed LLCs provide students with an immersive experience to connect peers who have a similar academic interest, allowing them to form dynamic study groups and diverse social connections outside of the classroom. 

Research has shown that there are several benefits of living in an LLC:

  • Opportunity to live with peers who share a similar academic interest and diverse life experiences
  • Build rapport with faculty and staff outside of the classroom
  • Increase the sense of community and connection to the university 
  • Strengthen knowledge in the LLC's focus areas and awareness of university resources


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Jeffrey Kastner

Associate Professor Educator, Engineering Education

881 Rhodes Hall