By Bryant Million
Studies have shown that students are more successful when their academic experiences are integrated into their lives. So New Mexico State University’s Housing and Residential Life Department and cooperating colleges have set up several Living Learning Communities in on-campus residential areas that give participating students opportunities to interact with other students, academic staff and faculty from the college of their major. The Living Learning Community for freshman engineering students in Garcia Hall was slated for full occupancy early this summer.
“Data has proven that living and learning communities increase students’ satisfaction at school and in residence halls, increase the chance of them graduating within four years and also increase their interaction with faculty,” said Julie Weber, director of Housing and Residential Life.
First-year NMSU students living in Garcia Hall have the option of staying in one of the several Living Learning Communities that are divided into different career fields, each with a residential assistant as well as a peer advisor chosen by the college of the particular community. The students are assigned to a floor in the residence hall according to their community; promoting ongoing dialogue with peers and their peer advisors, which helps students to draw personal meaning from their academic experiences.
Garcia Hall hosts the Agriculture and Home Economics, Biological Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health and Social Services and Professional Golf Management communities. There also is an Aggie Exploration Community for students who have not yet decided on an academic major that helps them explore NMSU’s academic programs.
The Honors Residential College, located in Monagle Hall, provides a residential environment for students in the Honors College. Students must enter NMSU in the Honors College to be eligible to live in the community, which has programming focused on topics of interest to honor students as well as tutoring by the peer advisors.
For more information on the Living Learning Communities, contact NMSU Housing and Residential Life at (505) 646-4466 or go to http://www.nmsu.edu/~housing/LLC.htm.