Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) provide opportunities for students who share common educational, social or co-curricular interests to live together in residence halls. Students who live in their requested Living Learning Community will explore their passions with a cohort of students. In addition to the Residential Life staff (Area Coordinator, Senior Community Advisor, and Community Advisor), Living Learning Communities also have a LLC Liaison comprised of either a faculty/staff member or department sponsor that assists with programming efforts in that community.

How to apply to live in a LLC

Current Students

Log into Residence (here) and submit your application. You may submit your top three preferences in your application. Please speak to each community you have applied for in your essay responses. Students accepted into the living learning community will have the opportunity to participate in an LLC specific housing lottery in March to select their room. 

New Students

More information will be available to new students during the summer when their housing application is available.   

Our Living Learning Communities

Arts (Wilder Hall)

Our Arts Living Learning Community is a community designed to maximize residents' creative capacity. Whether you are interested in creating music, theather, visual art, architecture, engineering, and/or film students who elect to live in the Arts LLC are united by a passion for creating, and a commitment to the arts. You do not need to be an artist or a performer to join; you just need a curiosity for artistic expression in general.  

First Year Experience Community (MacGregor Hall)

Our First Year Experience LLC is a community that helps our new students get acquainted with the college and involved during their first year. Students are offered academic and social opportunities that help them form meaningful connections to the college community and find their niche at Mount Holyoke. This program is housed in MacGregor Hall and many programs for our first year students will happen there, making this building the hub for first year activities and interactions.  Students participating in this program will flourish throughout their first year.

Ecology Floor (1837)

The ecology floor is a community of students interested in learning how to personally live in a manner that reduces an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources and personal resources.  Residents in the community will have the opportunity to participate in experiences that attempt to reduce their carbon footprint such as altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet.  Students who choose to live a Vegan/Vegetarian/Pescitarian lifestyle and enjoy thinking about sustainable food practices are strongly encourgaged to apply.

Language Floors (Mandelle)

Residents living in any of the language communities are expected to make a commitment to maintain an environment of immersion and cooperative learning. These communities are recommended for students studying that language as well as those planning to study aboard. A language assistant lives on the floor to create a vital link with the cosponsoring department.

Chinese Language Floor 

Our Chinese Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their Mandarin language skills and exploring cultures of the Mandarin-speaking world. Community members are exposed to Mandarin language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall.

French Language Floor 

Our French Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their French language skills and exploring cultures in the francophone world. Community members are exposed to French language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall.

German Language Floor

Our German Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their German language skills and exploring cultures of the German-speaking world. Community members are exposed to German language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall.

Italian Language Floor

Our Italian Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their Italian language skills and exploring cultures in the Italian-speaking world. Community members are exposed to Italian language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall.

Spanish Language Floor

Our Spanish Language LLC is a community of students dedicated to improving their Spanish language skills and exploring cultures in the Spanish speaking world. Community members are exposed to Spanish language and culture through events and activities that take place both in and outside of the residence hall.

Livin' Free Floor (Torrey)

Livin’ Free LLC is a community that provides a positive atmosphere for students who respect each other’s choice to be committed to healthy habits and who abstain from substances such as alcohol, tobacco products, illicit drugs and the misuse of prescription medication. Individuals may choose this community based on personal or family history with substance use or addiction, personal or religious convictions, or for many other reasons. This community provides an opportunity for students to live in a supportive environment where their specific lifestyle choice is respected and they can share their residence with other like-minded students. Students who chose to become Livin’ Free LLC community members are expected to participate in a yearly retreat along with three additional Livin’ Free programs. Students will have the opportunity to participate in other programs and activities that are geared towards this commitment as well. All students who choose to live in this LLC will sign the Community Living Guidelines pledging their commitment to remaining substance free both in the residence and off campus.

Mary Woolley Floor—LGBTQIA Community (Abbey Hall)

Our Mary Woolley LLC is a community of students committed to developing a safe supportive and celebratory environment with particular regard to those complexities which pertain to the historical and contemporary experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and allied people. Residents in this community foster connections between individuals with shared experiences and interests.

Mosaic (Rockefeller)

Our Mosaic Living Learning Community is a community that is designed to support students who self-identify as people of color and express commitment to cultural literacy and investment in diversity and inclusion. Mosaic community residents engage in cross-cultural dialogue through the lens of diversity and inclusion to take an active role in immersing themselves in the process and goal of social consciousness. 

Shirley Chisholm (Rockefeller)

Our Shirley Chisholm Living Learning Community is a community that is designed to support students who are of African descent, identify within the African Diaspora and/or wish to foster connections between different cultures within the diaspora. Shirley Chisholm community residents are committed to developing a safe supportive and celebratory environment with particular regard to those complexities of being a student of African descent at a PWI. The community is named after, Shirley Chisholm, a former professor of politics and sociology at Mount Holyoke. Before teaching at Mount Holyoke, Shirley Chisholm made history as the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.