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 hall communities within our residence halls. These special interest communities are divided into two basic types: Themed Communities and Living Learning Communities (LLCs).
Themed Communities are residential areas of campus where students are housed based on a shared interest, academic focus, or lifestyle. In some cases, enrollment in a particular college or academic program is a prerequisite for assignment in a specific community. These requirements are detailed in the housing application.
Living Learning Communities are specialized sub-communities located in the residence halls based on enrollment in a specific college or academic program. These LLCs will integrate students’ classroom experience and career aspirations with their experience living in the residence halls. Students in these LLCs will also share some coursework in an effort to further develop membership within their academic college.
When you complete your housing application, you will have the the option to select up to three themed or Living Learning Communities in which you might like to live. This does not guarantee your placement in any specific community. When housing assignments become available on July 1st, you will receive an email via your university email account if you are accepted into one of our Themed Communities or Living Learning Communities.
Any questions about these special interest communities can be directed to Andra Bowen, Director of Residence Life at 207.581.4829 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions about the housing application can be directed to Housing Services at 581.4580 or by emailing email@example.com.
- Substance Free Housing
- Outdoor Adventure
- Green Living
- The Global Neighborhood
- The Transfer Living Community
Substance Free Housing Aroostook Hall 1st and 2nd Floor
The Substance Free community is comprised of first-year and upperclass students who are intentionally seeking a living environment where they will be free from the pressures or effects of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use. Students choosing to live in this community sign a contract with Residence Life staff committing to a substance free lifestyle while they live in the community. The Residence Life staff partners with resources around campus to provide, fun, educational, and engaging programming that is geared towards this community’s commitment to a healthy, substance-free experience.
The Prism+ community is comprised of first-year and upper-class student, and is designed to create a supportive environment for students who identify as or are allies to the LGBTQ community. Programming will focus on issues of gender identity and sexual orientation as students living in this community will be encouraged to explore their own identities in a safe, open, and welcoming living environment. This program will partner with the Rainbow Resource Center to provide exposure to a variety of educational and social opportunities centered around the diverse needs of the LGBTQ and ally populations.
Outdoor Adventure Kennebec Hall 3rd and 4th Floor
The Outdoor Adventure (OA) Community is dedicated to first and second-year students who share a deep appreciation for outdoor recreation. Residence Life staff partners with Maine Bound, UMaine’s adventure center, to curate specific opportunities that develop leadership skills through team-based initiatives for community members. This experience is an exceptional opportunity to make lasting friendships with other outdoor enthusiasts that will accelerate your sense of belonging while participating in the magnificent outdoor recreation opportunities Maine has to offer.
Green Living Androscoggin Hall 4th Floor
The Green Living community is exclusively reserved for first-year students and is designed for those who believe that it is valuable to live a low-impact life. Residence Life partners with the Green Campus Initiative to promote sustainable living practices and to provide opportunities to learn about various aspects of sustainability. This includes engaging programming on Zero Sort recycling, the campus composting facility, greenhouse tours, lectures on topics surrounding sustainability and environmental sciences, volunteer opportunities at UMaine, nearby community sustainability initiatives, gardening, developing sustainable programs for the university and more.
The Global Neighborhood is a community exclusively reserved for first-year students and is designed to create a supportive environment for international students and domestic students who are interested in experiencing other cultures. This program will focus on issues of diversity and multiculturalism, will encourage students to push themselves beyond their comfort levels, and will give confidence to students as they share their culture – whether they are from Aroostook County or the other side of the globe. This program will offer students the opportunity to think globally by participating in community service, through the discussion of world affairs events, and through exposure to opportunities provided by the Office of International Programs.
The Transfer Living Community is designed for students who have transferred to the University of Maine from a different institution. These students are typically those who are familiar with the concept of college, but are still new to UMaine, and benefit from a blend of programming that supports their development as upperclass students while also introducing resources that are unique to our campus.
Themed Communities – Academic
The Engineering and Technology community is exclusively reserved for first-year students who have been accepted into the College of Engineering, or who are majoring in Computer Science. Students living in this community will share similar academic goals and coursework, and are encouraged to form a cooperative learning environment, benefit from study groups housed on the floor, and build connections with other students with whom they will share classes throughout their academic career at UMaine. Residential staff assigned to this community are upper-class students in the College of Engineering or those who are majoring in Computer Science, and strive to model for students the skills necessary to be successful in this academic discipline.
The Support for Science Students Community, or “S^3,” is exclusively reserved for first-year students who have been accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. Students living in this community often share similar academic goals and some coursework, and are encouraged to form a cooperative learning environment, benefit from study groups housed on the floor, and build connections with other students invested in the sciences as an academic discipline. S^3 students are given in-hall access to upper-class, peer tutors for many of the classes that are standard for students enrolled in the College of NSFA. Residential staff assigned to this community are upperclass students who are also enrolled in the College of Natural Science, Forestry, and Agriculture who strive to model for students the skills necessary to be successful in this academic discipline.
The Honors Community is designed for students who are admitted to the Honors College. Residence Life and the Honors College staff members will work together to promote an academically focused community which fosters growth inside and outside of the classroom. Additionally, the Honors Community aims to create a strong sense of community in which its residents feel comfortable and connected to their peers. The Honors Community primarily houses first year students, though there are select rooms available for second year and upper-class students. This community is assigned to Balentine, Colvin, and Penobscot Halls.
Leave Your Print Gannett Hall 4th Floor
The Leave Your Print community is exclusively available to first-year students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development studying Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Kinesiology, and Child Development. The program focuses on providing team building activities, professional development opportunities, and focused learning experiences supporting these students as they delve into their academic career at UMaine. Residential staff working in this community will also be upper-class students within the College of Education and Human Development who can help residents new to the college gain a better understanding of their academic program and to learn strategies for academic and personal success.
The School of Nursing community is exclusively available to first-year nursing students. This community will unite these students early in their academic progression and assist them in the realization of their career nursing goals. The School of Nursing Living Learning Community unites nursing students and their faculty in an effort to advance learning and discovery by encouraging holistic personal and academic growth by way of community engagement, service learning, and peer support. Students will experience a positive impact on their leadership development and will become motivated, passionate learners in the nursing profession. Students will also understand the commitment and importance of becoming a lifelong learner and service to the nursing profession.
The Explorations community is comprised of first-year students who are undecided about their major at the University of Maine. Members of this community will take several general education courses, including College Composition (ENG 101) and Foundations of Leadership (LDR 100), with other residents on their floor. Residence Life staff partners with Academic Advisors and Success Instructors from the Explorations program and Career Counselors from the Career Center to offer specific programs to learn about different majors and career options. This community is exclusively reserved for students who are accepted into the Explorations program within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Students will also be required to take the First Year Seminar course (FYS 100), which is taught by their assigned Academic Advisor and Success Instructor.