Living-Learning Communities

Here at The University of Alabama, we believe that students should have every possible opportunity to succeed, and we are excited to offer students further development opportunities through our many diverse Living-Learning Communities. These programs allow students to have access to educational programs and extracurricular activities exclusive to each Living-Learning Community. Each community is unique, with specific requirements and living arrangements. You may select certain communities during online room selection; others require a separate application and acceptance into that program before assignment. Please read the following information carefully, and contact your specific Living-Learning Community contact or the HRC main office if you have any questions.

Looking for more living options? Check out our Themed Housing information.

Here is some basic information about options for 2016-2017, with more details below. We recommend that you complete any separate applications for Living-Learning Communities before April 22, 2016.

Community Eligibility & How to Apply Community Features/Requirements
Blount Undergraduate Initiative
(additional details)
Students must be accepted to the Blount program.
There is a separate application for this community.
Faculty-in-Residence
Common classes
Civil Discourse, Debate & Dialogue
(additional details)
Students from all majors are eligible.
There is a separate application for this community.
Required course for fall and spring
Commerce and Business Administration
(C&BA)
(additional details)
Students in C&BA are eligible.
Students should indicate this community on the
LLC/Themed Housing Interest Form.
Faculty-in-Residence
Common class
Delta Initiative:
Capstone Women in STEM
(additional details)
There is a separate application for this community. Common classes Peer mentors
German House
(additional details)
There is a separate application for this community. Common class
Honors College
(additional details)
Students must be accepted to the Honors College. Faculty-in-Residence
Parker-Adams
(additional details)
There is a separate application for this community. Faculty-in-Residence
Required course for fall and spring
Peer mentors

Blount Undergraduate Initiative

The Blount Undergraduate Initiative is a specialized living-learning environment for Arts and Sciences majors. Located in Blount Hall, built specifically for this community, up to 120 scholars reside within a building containing most of their classes, dining areas, computer facilities, and faculty mentors. For tour information call Brenda Montgomery at (205) 348-1706. To complete an application for admission to the Blount program, please click here.

Civil Discourse, Debate & Dialogue - New for 2016-2017

Civil Discourse, Debate & Dialogue LLC participants will be challenged to think critically about constructing discourse, debate, and dialogue environments that rely on the respectful exchange of values, perspectives, and identities. LLC participants will take part in establishing communication opportunities, both on campus and in a local high school. Through the use of civil discourse, debate, and dialogue techniques, LLC participants will collectively create a unique and interactive community living experience. This program is guided by an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. This program will be housed in Lakeside West.

Registration Form - Please complete before April 22,2016

*Note, LLC participants are required to enroll in COM 195: Civil Discourse (three credits) for the fall semester and COM 195: Civil Debate (three credits) for the spring semester.

Commerce and Business Administration (C&BA)

The C&BA Living Option for men and women, located in Friedman Hall, will provide a personal, caring, and supportive environment through increased student/faculty interaction. A C&BA faculty member lives in Friedman, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) student serves as the Community Director overseeing the operation of the building. This option will expose residents to a variety of perspectives, knowledge, and information by involving C&BA faculty and staff, and business leaders in programs presented in the residence hall.

Residents will benefit from the mentoring, advising, and peer counseling that takes place in the building. Group study areas will provide excellent opportunities for collaboration on papers, projects, and business team requirements. Friedman is open to freshmen, as well as returning students who are eligible to live on campus past their first year. You must be a C&BA major to live in this option.

Students who are interested in participating can complete the LLC/Themed Housing Interest Form by May 1, 2016. HRC staff will assign eligible students to this community as space permits throughout the assignments process.

Delta Initiative: Capstone Women in STEM - New for 2016-2017

The Delta Initiative: Capstone Women in STEM is a community of freshmen women who will have the opportunity to live, learn, and study together. Community members will:

  • take a common English Course (101 for those who need it, or 151 as an elective)
  • benefit from study spaces and programs in the residence hall that are designed with STEM majors in mind
  • have the opportunity to participate in STEM specific community service

The Delta Initiative provides opportunities for career exploration, plans visits with STEM employers, and builds meaningful connections with faculty and STEM practitioners. Students majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine science, mathematics, microbiology, physics, or any of the eight majors in the College of Engineering will be eligible. This program will be housed in Riverside East.

Delta Initiative Application - Please complete before April 22,2016

German House

If you wish to enhance your German skills in a fun and relaxed environment, the German House is the right fit for you! The Hans und Sophie Scholl Haus constitutes a unique living-learning program. Students who live in the house agree to speak German as much as possible, and also have the option of enrolling in a conversation course exclusive to German House residents. The program is supervised by a student director, who is a native speaker and lives in the house with the other residents. In most years about half of the residents are students from Germany or Austria and half are U.S. students.

Currently the Scholl Haus is housed in several apartments in the Bryce Lawn apartment complex. For more information, visit the German house site.

German House Application - please complete before April 22, 2016

Honors College

The Honors College living option in Blount, Paty, Ridgecrest East, West and South is available to members of the University Honors College, International Honors Program, and/or Computer-Based Honors Program. These living-learning facilities form the center of the University's tightly knit honors community. For more information, please visit honors.ua.edu.

Parker-Adams

The Parker Adams Living-Learning Community (PA) is available to any student registered in the College of Arts & Sciences. During the fall semester, the program focuses on the transition to college life. Topics include an introduction to campus services, study skills, test preparation, and academic advising. During the spring semester, students are introduced to experiential learning opportunities such as education abroad, internships, undergraduate research, and service learning. Social and cultural activities are also scheduled throughout the year. Student peer leaders and a faculty-in-residence live in the residence hall to provide guidance and support. PA students take EN 101 and EN 102 together as a group. Program activities and services are offered through one credit compass courses: AS 101(fall) and AS 102 (spring). PA students form valuable relationships with faculty staff and students that continue beyond the freshman year. This program is housed in Harris Hall.

NOTE: PA room assignments will be made during the spring semester following acceptance to the program.

Parker-Adams Application - please complete before April 22, 2016