About Learning Communities

Residential Living at Washburn offers several Learning Community options in partnership with other university programs. A Learning Community can be defined as a hall in which students with similar interests live together and participate in programs that cater to their academic, co-curricular, and social needs.

Want to live in a Learning Community at Washburn? Mark you interest in your online housing application.

This Learning Community provides First-Generation students (students who neither parent or legal guardian has completed a bachelor degree, regardless if siblings or other relatives have obtained a bachelor degree) the opportunity to live and learn together.

As a member of the First-Generation Learning Community you will:

  • Live in the 1st South Hall in the Living Learning Center
  • Be mentored by a First-Generation Washburn faculty or staff member
  • Attend monthly in-hall workshops hosted by the Center for Student Success & Retention


  • Co-enroll in a designated First-Generation section of WU 101, the Washburn Experience for the fall semester

The Leadership Learning Community presents students at Washburn University the opportunity to explore leadership development and concepts both in and outside of the classroom. Students in the Learning Community will live with peers who share an interest in leadership development. Students living in the community will be offered exclusive leadership opportunities to engage with campus and community members, attend outside programs and events related to leadership, and will be mentored by a Leadership Institute student who will serve as the Learning Community Resident Assistant. All students in the Community will be enrolled in the same section of LEl00: Exploring Concepts of Leadership.


As a member of this Learning Community you will:

  • Live in the 3rd South hall in the Living Learning Center
  • Be mentored by an upper-class leadership student designated as the Learning Community (LC) Resident Assistant, who offers both academic and social support
  • Engage with Leadership Institute faculty and staff, both in the classroom and at co-curricular programs and events
  • Participate in social and educational opportunities related to leadership development
  • Engage with Leadership Institute faculty and staff



  • Enroll in LE100: Exploring Concepts of Leadership in Fall semester (meets a general education requirement)
  • Attend Fall and Spring Leadership Institute Orientations
  • Attend at least two additional leadership development opportunities each semester
  • Meet one-on-one with the Leadership Learning Community Residential Assistant each semester

The Honors Learning Community provides students the opportunity to live and interact with other high achieving students focused on scholarship & academics. This community is in partnership with the Washburn Honors Program which allows members of this hall to engage and build relationships with other members of the Honors Program along with engaging with faculty members who teach in the Honors Program.

As a member of this Learning Community you will:

  • Live in the 1st East Hall in Lincoln Hall
  • Be mentored by the Honors Learning Community RA


  • Co-enroll in a designated section of Sociology 100: Introduction to Sociology during the fall semester
  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA requirement upon the time of application
This learning community offers students the opportunity to develop a strong sense of place within Washburn University and the city of Topeka through community engagement, active learning and social activities. As a member of this learning community, you will build strong relationships with others, belong to a support system of students and faculty that encourage student success, and engage in meaningful service on and/or off campus. You will also be learning real world skills that employers value and which promote responsible citizenship, gaining an awareness of diversity, exploring social justice issues, making friends with other students who care about the world around them, and much more!

GET IN TOUCH WITH Residential Living

Residential Living
Washburn Residential Living Office
Living Learning Center
1801 SW Jewell Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone & Email
(785) 670-1065
Fax : (785) 670-1186

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