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How to Apply

LSWA is one of several Michigan Learning Communities (MLCs) located on U-M's Ann Arbor campus, and our program is open to all incoming first-year students and students who are transferring to U-M in their second year.


First-year Students: Once you have been admitted to U-M and have paid your enrollment deposit, you will receive from Housing a link to the online Housing Application. If interested in applying to an MLC, you will complete the Housing portion of the application, and then follow the link to the MLC portion of the application, where you may select up to two MLC programs to apply to. For LSWA, you will complete two short essay questions, which appear below. We ask students to submit both portions of the Housing Application in a timely manner, as space in LSWA is limited. We are looking for students with a strong interest in writing and the arts, as well as a desire to belong and participate in our community.

Transfer Students: Once you have been admitted to U-M, please contact our program directly, whether you have, or have not, yet been contacted by Housing or received the Housing Application. 


For more information on the Michigan Learning Communities, please visit the MLC website.


If you have specific questions or inquiries about LSWA, would like to visit, talk to current students, or need help applying, please contact We’d love to hear from you.



We recommend you write your essays in Word and then copy/paste them into the MLC portion of the Housing Application. (This will also help prevent issues with the application timing out.)


Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts Housing Application Essay Questions:
1. Why would you like to join LSWA? What do you hope to contribute, and how will you benefit from being part of a living-learning community focused on writing and the arts? (1 to 3 paragraphs.)

2. Describe a recent creative project (such as poetry, performance, visual arts, music, dance, theater, fiction, journalism, etc.) that exemplifies your interest in writing and the arts.  What was the process like?  Was it individual or collaborative?  How does it speak to your passions, leadership, or the ways you approach creative challenges? (One paragraph)