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Living Learning Communities

OU’s living learning communities encourage maximum student involvement in very specific interest areas. Each community provides special programming opportunities, academic enrichment, consistent advising services and -- most importantly -- a solid partnership between students, faculty and staff. Simply put, you will be involved with and supported by similar scholars, making your overall college experience the best it can be.

You can register to live in a living learning community when you apply for housing online.
Have a passion for protecting the environment? Consider living in OU’s Eco-Interest Community!

Who Lives Here?

The Eco-Interest Community is led by an Eco-Interest Team Leader from OU’s SOPE (Sustaining Our Planet Earth) student organization. Residents from freshmen to senior status learn to live sustainably through programs, meetings, field trips and community service.

Located on the second floor of West Vandenberg and boasting 100 percent recycled and sustainable carpets, non-toxic paint, dual flushing toilets, water-saving faucets and showerheads, and sustainable furniture, this community increases student awareness about local and global environmental issues.

What They Do

Residents are expected to actively participate in environmental initiatives by:
  • attending bi-weekly meetings that focus on recycling, organic food, living green and more
  • volunteering for community service projects including Make a Difference Day, the Greening of Detroit and more
  • hosting sustainable programs like Recreate, Recycle, Repeat; Don’t Waste the Water; and Organic Trivia 
  • taking field trips to Whole Foods Market, the Rochester Hills farmers market and more
  • helping to recycle materials during move-in weekend
Make your housing experience a global one by living in OU’s International Village.

Who Lives Here?

Domestic and international students room together in the Ann V. Nicholson student apartment complex to get a better understanding of each other’s cultures, countries and customs. This unique living arrangement allows international students to experience American culture first-hand while also discovering and participating in the greater OU community.

The International Village is open to any OU student with junior standing (at least 56 credits) and who is at least 20 years old. The village includes degree-seeking, transfer and exchange students from countries all around the world.

What They Do

Residents participate in many diverse programs and events, including:
  • special events like International Night, and Learn About Me
  • International Allies, a student org that pairs international and domestic students for friendship and social outings
  • organized social activities such as holiday celebrations, movie nights, and international food nights
  • scheduled excursions to plays, museums and area festivals
  • opportunities for on-campus employment, giving international students a glimpse into the American workforce

My FYE is a living-learning community located in Hamlin Hall for undecided first-year students who are interested in exploring different academic majors and careers. 

You'll live on the same residence hall floors, enroll in three courses together your first semester, and engage in several activities that promote the development of academic and social networks and support systems. By committing to the My FYE community agreement, you'll will be involved in creating your own experiences in the program.

Unique to My FYE, you'll work closely with an Academic Peer Mentor (APM). The APM is specifically chosen to help students connect in- and out-of-class experiences and assist with their overall adjustment to the university. Additionally, career and academic advisers, residence hall staff, and faculty members provide My FYE students with resources, programs and mentorship to aid them in developing and achieving their academic and career goals.

Program Features:

  • enrollment in three courses with other My FYE students during the first semester and one course in the winter semester
  • living on the same residence hall floors with fellow undecided students
  • introduction to university resources to assist in the transition to college
  • individual and group major/career exploration activities
  • personal attention from an assigned academic adviser and an Academic Peer Mentor (APM)
  • completion of self-assessments to learn about your personality characteristics and interests
  • opportunities for service learning, career exploration projects and study groups
  • intentional connections with faculty, staff and undecided students
  • opportunities to build friendships through social activities
Interested first-year students can sign up for My FYE during orientation. 
Considering business? Get more of it in our Pre-Business Living Learning Community. Designed to ease the transition into college, the School of Business Administration and University Housing invite you to be part of this supportive residential community.  

Who Lives Here?
Students interested in pursuing a business major or minor live together in West Vandenberg Hall.

What They Do
The Pre-Business Living Learning Community is here to help you:
  • Develop a deeper understanding of Oakland’s business program
  • Build strong connections with OU students, staff and faculty members
  • Enrich your education academically and socially
  • Engage in experiential learning business practices
  • Participate in academic success and leadership workshops  

Take advantage of this opportunity to live, learn and become more involved with the School of Business Administration, the community and other on-campus activities.    

How to Apply
Space is limited.
Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after March 1.
Please note, you must be admitted to the university to apply for housing.
Apply online here.

Nursing major? Ease into OU’s nursing program and university life by living in the Pre-Nursing Community.

Who Lives Here?

First-year students in the School of Nursing live with other first-year nursing students in West Vandenberg Hall to pursue their education in caring and healing. While participation in the Pre-Nursing Community does not guarantee admittance to the nursing program, it provides a great opportunity to study, learn, grow and interact with students who have the same academic focus and dedication.

What They Do

Residents who live in the Pre-Nursing Community:
  • work with academic advisers to ease the transition into college and enhance their success
  • receive mentoring from students already accepted in the nursing program
  • develop connections and experience opportunities within the School of Nursing
How to Live Here

Students interested in the Pre-Nursing Community must be:
  • first-year students admitted to OU with pre-nursing as their declared major
  • able to enroll in at least three of the following prerequisites:
    • BIO 111 Biology
    • CHM 104 Intro to Chemical Principles
    • PHL 101 Intro to Philosophy
    • PSY 100 Foundation of Contemporary Psychology
    • WRT 150 Composition
    • WRT 160 Composition II
In addition, students must have a 3.2 or above recalculated high school GPA and an ACT composite score of 20 or higher. Preference may be given to students who took Chemistry and Biology in high school, receiving a grade of 3.0 or higher in those courses.
Embrace your inner nerdiness. You’re among friends in OU’s Honors College Community.

Who Lives Here

This academically-focused community offers a special way of life for approximately 200 students each year. Residents of the community may choose to live in either our new residence hall, slated to open in fall of 2014, or West Vandenberg Hall, and get to delve into scholarly activities and interactions with faculty from a variety of disciplines.

The Honors College Community is available to new students who have been awarded academic merit scholarships and/or who have a 3.5 high school GPA, and to all students who have chosen to participate in OU’s Honors College.

What They Do

The Honors College Community integrates the arts, sciences and professional fields with each student’s chosen academic discipline.

Residents participate in:
  • creative research
  • colloquia
  • scholarly and extracurricular activities 
  • leadership and service opportunities