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FAQs

What is a Michigan Learning Community?

Learning communities are what a college education is all about! Students and faculty from many different backgrounds come together to discuss ideas, be creative, grow personally, advance intellectually, and make lifelong friendships. These programs can make it easy to integrate your academic challenges and your social experiences into your college life. Each community is designed to support your efforts to broaden understandings, succeed academically, and pursue your dreams; and each individual contributes to the community's well-being. The Michigan Learning Communities provide a rich selection of different program options, but all focus on learning and community.

Why should I join a Michigan Learning Community?

  • To enjoy a small college atmosphere and benefit from a large university's resources
  • To meet faculty and be engaged with intellectual ideas
  • To study and to build lasting friendships with peers from many different backgrounds
  • To be an involved and active student whose individuality is noticed
  • To ease the transition from high school to college

What are the differences between the programs?

Programs vary in several ways, including academic and participation requirements, thematic focus, residential setting, size, and eligibility by college and class standing. Visit the program websites in order to identify differences among specific programs.

How will these programs help me be a successful student at U-M?

Students who are engaged in their learning and feel connected to their university are more likely to be successful in their undergraduate studies. It is easier for many students to be engaged and feel connected with a large university when they participate in a small learning community; it allows them to take advantage of opportunities to meet faculty and to make close friendships with peers around ideas and academic studies. They are more likely, in their first year, to make a successful transition from high school to college and to build a strong academic and social foundation for success in subsequent years.

How long does each program last?

Most programs last one year with the option to return as a second-year student or to return as a Student Leader in your second year.

How do I apply?

- You may apply after being admitted to U-M. 

- See instructions on the How to Apply page. 

-  You may apply for up to 2 MLCs. The MLC application includes short essay components, and you will submit 2 - 3 short essays total depending on how many MLCs you apply for. 

-  If you apply by March 27th at 11:59 p.m. EST, you will know your status by April 6th at 5:00 p.m. EST.

- If you apply by May 5th final deadline at 11:59 p.m. EST, you will know your status by May 18th at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

Note: the MLC application review process and deadlines are different than for the Theme Community application process.

If I'm interested in the LSA Residential College, do I apply through the MLC application?

No. Students who are interested in the Residential College should apply through the Common Application or Coalition Application by selecting The Residential College in response to the question, "Program of Study". 

If the UM application was submitted without this step, students can fill out this form to indicate interest. Reach out to Director of RC Admissions & Recruitment, Logan Corey, at iamlogan@umich.edu with any questions. 

Indicating you have applied to the RC on the MLC application is for internal tracking purposes and is not how students should apply for the Residential College. 

Can an LSA student be in both the Residential College and the Honors Program?

Yes, because Honors Housing is optional. You would live in the Residential College for the first two years, and also be a member of the Honors Program.

Can an LSA student be in both the Residential College and a MLC?

No. Because both of these programs require a residential component, students admitted to the RC and a MLC must decide which program they prefer.

Can an LSA student be in the Honors Program and another MLC?

Yes, because Honors Housing is optional. If admitted to another MLC, you would live there and also be a member of the Honors Program.

If I'm interested in LSA Honors housing, do I apply through the MLC application?

No. Students who have applied/been admitted to Honors and who wish to participate in Honors Housing only need to indicate this preference on their Michigan Housing application. 

If you are interested in Honors Housing and a Michigan Learning Community, you can also apply for a MLC. Your MLC selection would take precedence over your interest in Honors Housing, and joining another MLC will not affect your Honors membership. 

If I'm in the Comprehensive Studies Program or Summer Bridge Scholars Program, can I participate in another MLC?

Yes!  CSP is a non-residential learning community, so you can be in CSP and also be in a residential MLC.

How is a Michigan Learning Community different than a Theme Community?

Michigan Learning Communities have a strong focus on both the classroom and residential experience. Theme Communities, provided by University Housing & Residential Education, have a similar residential experience to MLCs but do not necessarily have a course connected to them.

For more information on both program, please visit the Housing Website.

Is admission competitive?

The enrollment in each MLC is kept small by design, and there are usually more applicants than available spaces. Each program is looking to enroll a well-rounded community of students to join and actively participate, so your GPA and test scores are not relevant. Prior experience related to the topic of the MLC is also not required. Contact individual MLCs directly with further questions about what they're looking for in an applicant.

Should I apply if I'm not sure I'm attending U-M?

If you have been admitted to U-M, you are eligible to apply. We encourage you to apply even if you are unsure yet of your attendance as we know acceptance into a MLC can impact your final decision.

If I was admitted last year as a first-year student but then deferred, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are eligible to apply.

If I was admitted last year as a first-year student but then enrolled elsewhere and earned college credit, am I eligible to apply?

No, but you can apply as a transfer student to select programs by completing and submitting the MLC Admissions application. Programs include the Residential College or Honor Program for LSA students only, or Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts, Living Arts Engine, Global Scholars, Max Kade German Residence, and Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program for transfers in any College/School. See instructions on the How to Apply page. 

May I apply to more than one MLC?

Yes, you may apply for up to 2 MLCs. The MLC application includes short essay components, and you will submit 2 - 3 short essays total depending on how many MLCs you apply for.

If I only applied to one MLC, is it too late to apply to a second MLC?

Once your MLC application has been submitted, you may no longer make changes to your preferences or add additional MLCs. 

If I applied to two MLCs, can I switch my ranked preferences?

No, your first and second preference cannot be changed. We strongly encourage students to review all of the Michigan Learning Communities prior to applying in order to make the best decision and find the best fit. 

When will I receive a decision?

- If you apply by March 27th at 11:59 p.m. EST., you will know your status by April 6th at 5:00 p.m. 

-  If you apply by May 5th final deadline at 11:59 p.m. EST, you will know your status by May 18th at 5:00 p.m. EST.  

If admitted to an MLC, how long do I have to decide?

As soon as possible, but no later than June 1st, 2022.

If I'm denied or waitlisted from my first choice MLC, will I be considered for my 2nd choice?

If you are denied by your first choice, you will be reviewed by your second choice and will be notified of your final status by May 14th, 2022. 

If you are waitlisted by your first choice MLC, you will not be initially reviewed by your second choice program. If you are moved from waitlisted to denied by your first choice MLC, your second choice would then have the ability to review you and you would be notified of your final status by May 14th, 2022.  

Do I need to know my MLC status before I complete my housing application?

No. Once the housing application is available, you can complete at any time regardless of MLC status. If accepted to an MLC, we will work with Housing to make sure you are in the correct space.

Do I have to live in University Housing in order to participate in a MLC?

MLC's living environments are important to the overall structure and impact of our programs. The University and MLCs are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make adjustments to expectations for living in Michigan Housing if it is deemed necessary based on public health guidelines.