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A learning community is made up of students, peer mentors and instructors with similar learning and career goals. Learning community cohorts take two courses together concurrently, which helps students develop a sense of belonging with their peers, leading to shared learning growth and higher academic performance.

Whitworth's learning communities are uniquely designed to support students throughout their first semester at Whitworth while fulfilling the shared curriculum requirement. Students will belong to a community of scholars and develop the habits of mind and learning techniques to be successful in college and beyond.

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Honors Learning Community (HLC)

  • The Honors Learning Community is open to first-year students who are admitted to the university with honors and interested in any academic program.
  • Students in the HLC will enroll in First-Year Seminar (SC 125) and Reading in Action (EL 115H) concurrently.
  • Students admitted with honors may participate in the living-learning community in the Honors Residence Hall Floor and/or the Honors Learning Community. They are not mutually exclusive, and students are welcome to participate in both opportunities.
  • The HLC provides a great start to students interested in the Whitworth Honors Program, but is not a requirement for participating in the program.

Life Sciences Learning Community (LSLC)

  • The Life Sciences Learning Community provides advising, peer mentoring and career guidance to students pursuing disciplines within the life sciences. It is open to first-year students interested in any of the following academic programs:
    • Biology
    • Environmental Science
    • Health Science
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Veterinary
    • Other pre-professional health programs
  • Students in the LSLC will enroll in First-Year Seminar (SC 125) and either Writing & Design I (EL 110) or Introduction to Public Speaking (COM 210) sections concurrently.
  • Students in the LSLC will also receive valuable mentoring that will help them succeed in the General Biology and General Chemistry courses that are required for all students in the life sciences.

Please note participation in learning communities is by invitation only, and qualifying students can expect email invitations to apply to these programs in late April. Please contact the admissions office with any questions by emailing, calling 509.777.4786 or texting 509.413.0037.