Living-Learning Communities

Create your academic goals. Build your Pfeiffer community. Define your leadership skills.

Students in Pfeiffer’s living-learning communities reside in a common residence hall, attend shared classes, participate in communal events and access faculty and staff support. The communities exist to foster student connectivity and to supplement the Pfeiffer Journey experience.

Students join collaborative learning environments, including participation in linked classes and group projects. They plan and execute community-building activities, creating a common experience for working and relaxing with other students. Challenged to create a leadership structure for the residence hall, students elect representative leaders, create community-living guidelines and manage a programming budget.

Participation in living-learning communities often increases students’ overall academic performance, eases their transition to college, broadens their campus community and enhances their relationships with Pfeiffer faculty and staff.

Honors Residential College (HRC)

Students who demonstrate strong academic performance in high school and the potential/desire to excel in Pfeiffer’s undergraduate program may submit an application to join the Undergraduate Honors Program. Honors at Pfeiffer is designed to provide students with opportunities to pursue independent research supported through close working relationships with faculty members. Moreover, through the Honors Residential College, housed in Cline Hall, students can cultivate friendships with like-minded peers who expect to push themselves academically.

Activities

Living-learning community activities include:

  • Partnered classes for Freshman Cline residents: First-Year Seminar and College Writing
  • Independent research, supported by faculty mentors during Sophomore, Junior and Senior year
  • Dinner and dialogues with faculty, staff and alumni
  • Extra programming, activities and events
  • StrengthsQuest - a facilitated program to help students identify their inherent Talents and develop them into Strengths

Support

Pfeiffer fully supports the living-learning community with its intentional placement of visible professional, faculty and student advisors in the residence hall.

  • Program Director (Prof. Michael Thompson - who teaches the Honors First-Year Seminar)
  • Program Advisor (Director of Residence Life)
  • Links to discipline-specific faculty advisors
  • Live-In Resident Assistant paraprofessional (Office hours in Cline)
  • Faculty and community mentors

Benefits

Benefits of the living-learning community include:

“The Honors Program has given me a unique experience in the areas of research, professionalism and communication. I appreciate the close working relationships with faculty, the ability to learn research techniques in a variety of disciplines, the tangible accomplishment of a completed project, and the opportunity to present my work both on and off campus.”

-Janna Featherstone, ‘16

 

“The Living Learning Community is tight-knit – academic activity is a topic of discussion and is a part of our community just as much as anything else. It has personally helped me become the student I wanted to be. There is an endless supply of support – from students and faculty.”

-Sam Barker, ‘18

 

  • Completion of four elective hours relating to independent academic research
  • Completion of an education and awareness campaign/presentation
  • Completion of a research group project
  • Presentation of your independent research project at a university recognition ceremony
  • The addition of the above-mentioned projects to your digital portfolio
  • Networking opportunities with Pfeiffer faculty, community and business leaders
  • Recently renovated residence hall featuring large rooms, shared kitchen, laundry facilities and two large common spaces
  • Faculty and staff advisors with stated office hours in Cline Residence Hall
  • Student-led residence hall governance and programming board

Criminal Justice Living-Learning Community

Beginning Fall 2016, students can live in a Criminal Justice Living-Learning Community – a residence hall just for CJ majors and minors!  This Living-Learning Community is housed on the 2nd floor of Ervin Hall. This is the ideal space for students to participate in academic and extracurricular programs designed just for them, such as, guest speakers, networking opportunities, classes, CJ Club meetings, etc. These experiences foster student connectivity and supplements the Pfeiffer Journey experience, which in turn, can increase the students overall academic performance.