Themed Housing Communities
For some first-year students, coming to college can be a tough transition. We understand that the university campus can feel very large, so we have intentionally designed smaller themed communities within our residence halls. Being part of one of these themed communities allows you to move into a residence hall where you already know that you’ll have something in common with all of your neighbors. The Residence Life staff members who run each residence hall intentionally partner with faculty and staff from across the university to provide fun programs and academic help for the students living in these halls, all based around the theme of that community.
Our themed communities (also called Living Learning Communities) are described below.
When you complete your housing application you can apply for up to two of these communities. You will be asked to submit a short essay answering the following two questions: What do you hope to gain by being part of this Living Learning Community, and what do you plan to contribute to this Living Learning Community?
When housing assignments become available (July 1) you will receive an email via your university email account if you are accepted into one of our themed communities.
Any questions about the communities can be directed to the First Year Center at 581-1420.
Any questions about the housing application can be directed to Housing Services at 581-4580.
Engineering&Tech is designed for students entering the College of Engineering, or who are majoring in Computer Science. By housing students in these majors together, they will be able to form a cooperative learning environment, benefit from study groups housed on their floor, and build connections with students who will be in their classes throughout their academic career at UMaine. Residential staff working in this community will also be of a similar major and will be able to model for students the skills needed to succeed in this academic area.
FirstGen is designed to provide a supportive environment for students who are the first in their family to attend college. The proximity of this program to the First Year Center will mean an additional level of access to the First Year Center staff members, programs being sponsored by the First Year Experience, and a variety of resources. This is a great environment for students who are nervous about their first year of college, and who may need a little extra support to become engaged in the university environment, both academically and socially. This program will focus on making sure that every student is involved on campus- in a club, organization or campus job- and has the necessary tools and resources to be successful academically!
Support for Science Students (S-Cubed) is a program designed to promote a sense of community and cooperation amongst first-year students in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture. These students not only live together, but also are often in the same courses. This makes it very easy for these students to get together with classmates at night to work on homework or to prepare for exams. S^3 offers a variety of activities to students, including Bio 100 Exam prep sessions, Acadia hikes, and science-based competitions. The ultimate goal of S^3 is to help science students form support systems that will last throughout their careers here at UMaine. Residential staff working in this community will also be majoring in the sciences, and thus can be role models for their residential students.
Leave Your Print (L.Y.P.) is dedicated to students in the College of Education and Human Development. This dynamic community has been designed specifically to provide team building activities, professional development opportunities, and focused learning experiences supporting students in the COEHD studying Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Athletic Training, Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Child Development. Residential staff working in this community will also be upper-level students within the College of Education and Human Development who can help students new to the college gain a better understanding of their academic program.
The Well is designed to provide students an environment focused on living a healthy lifestyle through fitness, healthy eating, nutritional guidance and more. Residence Life staff collaborate with staff from the New Balance Fitness and Rec Center and Dining Services to promote ways that students can live a healthy lifestyle while on campus. By being part of this community, students will be surrounded by folks who could become their gym buddies! This program would be a great location for students who are interested in studying food science, nutrition, pre-med or other health-science fields.
Green Living is designed for students who believe that it is important to live a low-impact life. Residence Life and Green Campus Initiative staff members will work together to promote sustainable living practices and provide opportunities to learn about various aspects of sustainability, which will include Zero Sort Recycling education, campus compost facility and greenhouse tours, lectures about topics in sustainability and environmental sciences, volunteering in UMaine and nearby community sustainability initiatives, gardening, developing sustainable programs for the university, and more. Additionally, Green Living aims to create a strong sense of community in which its residents feel comfortable and connected to their peers.