Frequently Asked Questions
(Almost) everything you need to know about participating in a Learning Community.
How do I apply for a Learning Community?
Admitted students apply to join our Learning Communities using the link in your admission portal.
For more information regarding Learning Community requirements and commitments, please visit each community’s website. Students are invited to apply to all Learning Communities that they have an interest in pursuing. If invited to join more than one community, you must choose only one*. Please remember that Science and Math (College of Sciences) majors are given priority for the Explore LLC.
To apply to the International House and/or Women in Science and Technology, students must apply via the community’s website by the posted deadlines. Only rising 2nd year or beyond students are eligible to apply.
*Students can participate in the iGniTe Summer Living Learning Community AND any other Learning Community.
Am I committing to Georgia Tech if I apply for a Learning Community?
No. You are not committing to Georgia Tech by applying to a Learning Community.
When can I expect to receive my invitation to a community?
Fall 2021 Admission
Explore, Global Leadership, Grand Challenges, Honors Program, and Impact send invitations to students on April 9th, April 12th, and April 17th and will continue to send rolling invitations until all Learning Communities are filled. Learning Community spaces are first come, first serve.
I-House and WST notify applicants by February 10th.
Summer 2021 Admission
Students admitted for summer select their preferred track via their admission portal, and students receive rolling admission on a first come, first serve basis. Students admitted for fall can apply to attend iGniTe, too.
How much does it cost to participate in an Learning Community?
For the 2021-2022 Academic Year: First year students in Explore, Global Leadership, Grand Challenges, Honors Program, and Impact pay $400 per semester. I-House and WST students pay $200 per semester. First year students in iGniTe*, pay $200 for the late summer session. Please see the First Year Fall Abroad website for a complete list of fees.
*Summer only program
Where will I live if I accept an invitation to join a community?
Please remember that applying for a Learning Community is a completely separate process from the Housing Application process. All students will need to follow the procedures and meet the deadlines for Georgia Tech Housing found on the Housing and Residence Life website.
Step 1: Complete Housing Application/Contract and pay deposits by Housing deadline (You will NOT be able to select LLC Residence Halls in the Housing application.)
Step 2: Accept LLC invitation (You must complete the Housing application, sign the contract and pay the Housing deposit before you can accept your LLC invitation.)
Step 3: Receive Housing Assignment in LLC Residence Hall (LLC staff tell Housing who should live in the LLC Residence Halls.)
Step 4: Select Room and Roommate(s) in LLC Residence Hall (You will be given a specific window of time to do this.)
All Living Learning Community students must live with their community, and only members can live with the LLC.
Summer 2021 – First Year
iGniTe: Glenn and Towers, East Campus (Late Summer Session)
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 – First Year
Impact: Field, East Campus
Global Leadership: Perry and Matheson, East Campus
Grand Challenges: Howell and Cloudman, East Campus
Explore: Folk and Caldwell, West Campus
Honors Program: Hefner and Armstrong, West Campus
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 – Upper Class
I-House: Hayes and Gray Houses, East Campus
WST: Stein and Goldin Houses, East Campus
Who can I contact for more information?
If you need information about housing, i.e. how to apply for campus housing, how to pay for campus housing, the deadline for payments, the size of the room, the cost of the room, etc., you can visit the Housing website or call 404-894-2470.
If you’d like to speak with a current Georgia Tech student about their experience in a Learning Community, you can visit the Learning Communities Council website, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information regarding a specific Learning Community’s requirements or application process, i.e. required courses, required activities, roommate selection process, etc., you can visit each community’s website or email/call their office.
For general information regarding Learning Communities at Georgia Tech, i.e., how to determine which community is right for you, why Georgia Tech offers Learning Communities, the value of Learning Communities for students, etc., email email@example.com.
Can I participate in a Learning Community as a transfer student?
Yes! Transfer students are encouraged to apply for WST (Women in Science and Technology) and I-House (International House).
Can I be in an Learning Community if I am a President’s Scholar?
Yes! President’s Scholars are invited to apply and join any of our Learning Communities.
Can I participate in Housing and Residence Life’s First-Year Experience Program if I am in an Learning Community?
Yes! All Living Learning Community Residence Halls are included in the First-year Experience Program.
Can I drop out of an Learning Community?
It is possible to quit a Learning Community. If you decide that you do not want to continue with your Living Learning Community, you will need to move from the Living Learning Community residence hall. Your Housing and Residence Life contract will allow you to stay on campus, but you will not be able to continue to live in the Living Learning Community residence hall.
Have questions regarding the Spring 2021 semester and COVID-19? Please see our 2020 Moving Forward FAQ Page!