Research Learning Communities and Freshman Interest Groups

If you're a 2016-17 incoming student, check back this fall for more information and a video about Learning Communities and FIGs.

 

Defining Mizzou Residence Hall Communities

The Basics: Every MU resident lives in a Learning Community or Freshman Interest Group (an academic program nested within a larger Learning Community). Each community is assigned to a specific residence hall and rooms within them. 

More information about each specific type of community is available on that community's web page:

The EXAMPLE hall below will give you an idea of how we divide up the spaces into communities before you even get here.

College Avenue example hall graphic. First floor is mostly community space with a few GLC spaces, half male and half female spaces. Second floor is all GLC with one-third male and two-thirds female spaces. Third floor is half FIG (one-third male and two-thirds female spaces) and half TLC (about one-third male and two-thirds female spaces). Fourth floor is half FIG (one-third male and two-thirds female spaces) and half TLC (about one-third male and two-thirds female spaces). Fifth floor is half FIG (half male and half female spaces) and half TLC (three-quarters female and one-quarter male spaces).

  • Learning Communities (LCs) can be General (GLC) or Thematic (TLC) in focus. They are open to freshman through seniors and range in size from 40 to several hundred students each. Some popular TLCs are located in multiple halls.
  • Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) are 15 to 20 first-year students who take some of the same classes and live in the same hall close to other FIG students. They also live within a larger TLC or GLC.
  • FIGs require taking specific classes with the students in your FIG. Students are highly involved in FIG activities.
  • Each GLC, TLC and FIG is assigned to a specific residence hall and rooms within them, so picking one means you’re picking your hall and room, too (see example above)!

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