Community Options

I AM Miami: International House
IDEAS: Gender Inclusive Living Experience
Innovation, Design Thinking, Creativity
Leadership and Sports (Second Year Students)
Mallory-Wilson Center Pre-Health
Meaning and Purpose (Second Year Students)
Outdoor Pursuits
RedHawk Traditions
Scholar Leader (Second Year Students)
Sports and Recreation 
Social Justice Scholars: Citizenship and Service
Sorority (Second Year Students)
Student-Created Communities (Second Year Students)
Substance-Free Living Environment
Wilks Student Leadership Challenge (Second Year Students)
Women in Science Disciplines, Engineering, and Mathematics

Celebrate the Arts

This community is open to students who have been active in the arts or want to take up an artistic interest for the first time. Residents who live in this community will have the opportunity to work with faculty from the College of Creative Arts, the Art Museum, guest artists, and fellow residents to explore creative pursuits in the visual and performing arts.

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Early Career Exploration

In collaboration with Career Services, this LLC is for University Studies students and will connect students with resources and programming that provide them with strategies for career exploration and planning.

Active participants in this LLC will be eligible to receive the Career Success Certificate.

Required Course:

EDL 100: Career Exploration. This course exposes participants to different careers and how to make the most of college to support their career preparedness.

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Education, Families, and Society

The Education, Families, and Society Living Leaning Community offers first-year students the opportunity to explore themes and issues related to the pursuit of careers in education, helping professions, and being instruments of change in our society. We invite students to join this community who plan to study teacher education, family studies, or social work, as well as any other students who are interested in using their influence to make the world a better place. Students will have the opportunity to interact with peers in and out of the classroom through activities focused on their passion for helping others.

Possible programs include:

  • Adopt-a-School
  • Urban Immersions
  • Book Club with faculty
  • Exploring international opportunities
  • Guest speakers in hall
  • Involvement with campus and national organizations

This community has close connections with the Urban Teaching Cohort.

Depending upon major, student will be co-enrolled into 1, 2 or 3 of the required courses:

UNV 101: I AM MIAMI

EDP 201: Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts. A three-credit course MPF, that provides an in-depth examination of theoretical issues and principles of human development and learning, including developmental changes, motivational and learning processes, exceptionalities and other individual differences, and dynamics of social groups.

EDT 190: Introduction to Education. A three-credit introductory course combining classroom activities, technology experiences and school visits to assist students in deciding whether or not to pursue a teacher licensure program and to begin the professional preparation process.

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Electronics and Computing Service Scholars 

The Electronics and Computing Service Scholars program is a scholarship program, coordinated through the College of Engineering and Computing, and this community is open only to members of this program.  This community will connect students with the concept of service learning in these engineering fields. Service learning is an educational approach that integrates service with learning. By building a software or hardware solution the community partner needs, the student learns the same topics as the non-service version of the course, but with a deeper understanding of the context and potential positive impact of their new skills. 

Interested students can obtain more information about the Electronics and Computing Service Scholars Program from the website.

Required Courses:

CEC 101: Computing, Engineering & Society. (1 credit) This course introduces students to the computing and engineering professions and their role in society.

CSE 174: Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving (3 credit hours)

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Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Living Learning Community is dedicated to enacting positive change. This community is for students who desire to embark on or extend their leadership journey. Participants will begin to find their voices and examine their potential to lead on Miami's campus and beyond. Students are supported by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute. No previous leadership experience is required.

Required Course:

EDL 290: The Nature of Group Leadership, a required two-credit course, challenges students to critically examine the many concepts of leadership and then to use that understanding to act through individual exploration, community service, and civic engagement. 

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Entrepreneurship

Students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to be an entrepreneur and the process of starting and growing new ventures.

Required Course:

ESP 101: The Rewards and Challenges of an Entrepreneurial Life. A required one credit hour first year seminar that will explore entrepreneurship through readings, discussions, teaching cases, guest speakers and field trips students will learn what it means to be an entrepreneur and how they can use entrepreneurship to pursue passions in business, their community and personal lives. Students will be exposed to both the rewards associated with entrepreneurship and the challenges such as work/life balance. Students will be given an opportunity to use the course content to develop and execute a community service project as part of their LLC experience.

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Environmental Awareness Program (EAP)

The EAP community will offer programs and activities that support learning about environmentally sustainable practices, energy use on campus and in the Oxford community, and local/organic foods, among other environmental issues. This program is open to students in any major. Students in this community will also have the opportunity to learn more about the environmental co-major at Miami and learn about career/internship co-curricular opportunities related to the environment.

Sample programs include:

  • camping
  • Hueston Woods Nature Center visit
  • learning about animal rehabilitation efforts from the Arrowhead Reptile Rescue
  • visits to or from related student organizations (examples include Slow Food MU, Green Oxford, the Wildlife Society, and the MOON co-op) 

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Equestrian

The Equestrian Living Learning Community is ideal for students who have a passion for equestrian sports and want to further develop their skills. Exposure to different disciplines, classroom opportunities and events will be provided. Students will have the opportunity to participate in up to 4 different programs throughout the academic year.   

Required Course: Students will fit in the class that is appropriate for their ability level.

150 E Introduction to Horseback Riding or
150 F Intermediate Horseback Riding or
150 H Advanced Horseback Riding

Programs Include:

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Congress / National Horse Show Trip in Fall
  • Rolex Trip in Spring
  • High / Low Ropes Course

Students accepted into this community will be charged a $175 program fee.  The purpose of this program fee is to supplement the cost of the programs listed above.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sense of belonging in the residence hall and the larger University community
  • Investigate the components of team dynamics and leadership
  • Provide career development including awareness of careers in equestrian, pre-vet, animal nutrition, and coaching
  • Introduce students to a variety of opportunities in equine sport by attending multiple venues
  • Enhance academic experience by providing speakers and clinicians related to career fields outside of traditional classroom.

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First Year Research Experience (FYRE)

Through partnership with the Office of Research for Undergraduates, the FYRE program provides students with authentic, hands-on research experiences in small teams led by research-active faculty over the course of their entire first year. Participation is this LLC is contingent upon students applying for and being accepted into the FYRE Program. Students will complete a research project all the way from conceptualization to presentation and/or publication. This experience prepares students early for subsequent research opportunities such as summer fellowships and independent research supervised by Miami faculty. The FYRE LLC will immerse students into a unique research-centered culture that will help them develop professional skills and enhance their future career opportunities.

Required courses: UNV 171 (Fall, 2 cr.) and UNV 172 (Spring, 2 cr.)

This two-semester course sequence is the vehicle by which student research teams develop and implement their projects. They review their topic, design a study, and complete necessary training during the fall semester; they implement the study, analyze data, and present the results in the spring. Completion of BOTH semesters is required. The research themes vary each year; the current offerings from which students may express their preference are:

A: Urban geochemistry and pollution (meets on Hamilton campus)***

B: Reading the mind using EEG

C: Making sense of everyday interactions

*** Before a student selects Research Track A, the student needs to know the course meets on Hamilton campus UNV171HA.


General Housing

General student housing is provided as an option for students to be assigned to live in residence halls with students of either similar or mixed years of experience at Miami. Programming will include community building, academic support and staff that will assist with student's social needs and their transition to Miami University.

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Global Connections

Global Connections is home to both first-year and upper-class students, as well as a diverse mixture of both domestic and international students. Students select Global Connections because of their shared interests in travel, studying languages, and exploring other cultures. Global Connections is a tight-knit, dynamic living learning community where students build strong bonds with one another.

In Global Connections, students will experience:

  • an inclusive community that emphasizes building personal relationships with students of diverse backgrounds and identities
  • an engaged and open atmosphere where students will explore current global topics and various cultures, perspectives, and traditions
  • a living environment with a focus on diverse cultural understanding and intercultural communication
  • membership within the Community Leadership Team, where students can develop leadership skills, become involved in planning hall activities, get connected with one another, and collaborate with diverse students

Students will also have the opportunity to plan and participate in numerous cultural programs throughout the year. Past programs have included:

  • International Thanksgiving: share a dish with friends from all over the world (recognized as best overall program by the Residence Hall Association, 2015)
  • International festivals: learn about the history, traditions, and food of such holidays as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Collaborative programs with campus partners, such as Center for American and World Cultures, Office of Diversity Affairs, Study Abroad, and International Student and Scholar Services
  • Group tickets to campus events, such as: Fusion (traditional, hip-hop, and singing performances representing the diversity of Asian cultures), Global Rhythms (world music festival), and Diwali (dance performance celebrating the Hindu festival of lights)
  • Off-campus excursions to locations such as: Butterfield Farms (pumpkin patch and corn maze), Jungle Jim’s (international market), Cincinnati Art Museum, and Newport Aquarium

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Governmental Relations Network

Discover ways to have meaningful and immediate involvement in local, state, and federal government. In conjunction with, the Miami University Office of Institutional Relations, this interdisciplinary community exposes students to a variety of career and volunteer opportunities in areas related to government. Through intentional mentoring and focused experiences, students who live in this community will examine how an individual can impact government and how government can impact an individual both inside and outside of the classroom.

Possible programs include:

  • Access to a network of individuals who not only work in the field of government (local, state and federal), but also who work in the private sector and interact with government institutions (urban planners, journalist, university administrators)
  • Mentoring program that exposes community members to internship opportunities, graduate school possibilities, and career options
  • Annual visits to the U.S. Capitol, the Ohio State House, and other relevant government sites.

Required Course:

EDL 110: The University and the Student, required 1 credit hour course. Helps students understand how the university operates and how its resources can be used to develop their educational goals. Taught in residence halls in seminar style; designed to help develop personal relationships among students and instructor.

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Guys in Engineering and Computing (GiEC)

GiEC is an academically focused group of young men who will live together in an environment to further their opportunity for involvement with faculty and build a community. Activities in this community include faculty dinners, educational media presentations, trips geared toward issues concerning men in engineering and computer science and service learning opportunities.

Required Course:

CEC 101: Computing, Engineering & Society. (1 credit) This course introduces students to the computing and engineering professions and their role in society.

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Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness Living Learning Community is ideal for students who want to focus on multiple dimensions of wellness.  Students have the opportunity to participate in up to 4 different programs throughout the academic year.

Required Course:

EDL 110: The University and the Student. (1 credit) 

Programs Include:

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Two month fitness pass for group fitness, personal training or functional fitness
  • Health Assessment and Wellness Coach visit
  • Choice of one of ten Rec Activity / Programs

Students accepted into this community will be charged a $175 program fee.  The purpose of this program fee is to supplement the cost of the programs listed above.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sense of belonging in the residence hall and the larger University community
  • Research the various university programs, people, careers, leisure activities and support structures in place within the community. 
  • Investigate components of seven dimensions of wellness to construct a personal mission statement and action plan
  • Explore various components of health assessment and definitions of what it means to be healthy

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Honors 

Through partnership with the University Honors Program, students in this community can expect an environment that challenges and supports them to explore and design their own educational journey. Staff and residents in the hall promote an atmosphere that allows students to integrate their social, co-curricular, and academic life through vibrant programming. Students also work to achieve learning outcomes that will prepare them for success in college and beyond.

The Honors community involves a mix of first-year and upper-class students.  While all students are able to request this community, assignment priority will be given to students who are members of the University Honors Program and/or University Academic Scholars Programs.

The hallmarks of the Honors communities include:

  • seamless learning environment that fosters connections between in-class and out-of-class activities
  • substantive leadership and service activities
  • opportunity to take an active role in shaping the community
  • staff who are intimately familiar with the Honors Program

I AM Miami: International House

The goal of this housing option is to engage a small community of domestic and international students, assigned as roommates, in a variety of leadership and learning opportunities, including field trips, special events and house discussions that will help individuals learn more about other cultures as well as their own. Additionally, domestic students will pair up with international students to help them learn about the campus community and campus traditions.
Required Course:
UNV 101: I AM Miami, a one credit hour course that introduces students to various University resources.  Students in this community will all take the course together and attend and participate in various University events together.

 IDEAS: Gender Inclusive Living Environment

The IDEAS (Intersectional, Diverse, Equality Advocating Students) community is intended to be a safe, inclusive, comfortable and supportive community for people of all gender identities and expressions. This community supports students who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming in choosing (or being placed with) a roommate of any gender.

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Innovation, Design Thinking, Creativity

This community will explore the roots of original thought and its role in the evolution of different areas of human endeavor. Students will explore the many facets of creativity and innovation, which are purely human traits at the heart of our ability to grow, change and adapt as individuals, and ultimately to survive as a species.

Required Course:

CCA 111: Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking, a three credit hour course MPF that will present scientific and scholarly ways of understanding creativity, but will also engage students in a series of exercises to experience processes through a diverse range of media and project types. Learning the roles and processes of innovation and design thinking will be central to this exploration. Teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills will also be addressed, and students will both self-author and collaboratively author original concepts. Meets requirement for Miami Plan Foundations IIA Fine Arts and V Formal Reasoning. 

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Leadership and Sports

The Leadership & Sports Living Learning Community is ideal for second year students seeking leadership positions within the sport, recreation, and wellness community as a student employee, organization leader or career.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in up to 4 different programs throughout the academic year.   

Required Course: EDL 290: Nature of Group Leadership

Programs Include:

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Leadership Retreat
  • High / Low Ropes Course
  • Choice of one of ten Rec Activity / Programs

Students accepted into this community will be charged a $175 program fee.  The purpose of this program fee is to supplement the cost of the programs listed above.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sense of belonging in the residence hall and the larger University community
  • Research the various university programs, people, careers, leisure activities and support structures in place within the community. 
  • Engage with peer and university leaders to identify skills and philosophies that enhance effective leadership
  • Design a leadership mission statement and blueprint

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Mallory-Wilson Center Premedical

The practice of medicine has become a team effort and offers an incredible variety of career possibilities. The Mallory-Wilson Center Premedical LLC brings together students interested in pursuing a career in one of the medical fields. The MWC LLC programming will help students explore the fields of healthcare so they can learn about career opportunities and make informed career choices. Students in the community will take core courses required for admission to essentially all health professions schools, and the MWC Premedical LLC support systems will help students as they navigate those first challenging courses. 

Possible programs include:

  • Pre-Med Advisor in hall office hours
  • Study groups
  • Medical School visits and tours
  • Mentoring with upper class students

Required Course:

PMD 101: Explorations in Medicine, a one credit course that explores the various fields of medicine and helps students considering a career in the healthcare field develop a comprehensive plan of preparation for admission to medical school or other healthcare profession school. This professional development course is for all students considering a career in healthcare.

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Outdoor Pursuits

The Outdoor Pursuits Living Learning Community is a dynamic community sponsored by the Outdoor Pursuit Center.  This community is ideal for students who love the outdoors, have a sense of adventure and want to learn about outdoor pursuit type activities.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in up to 4 unique programs throughout the academic year along with program discounts and workshops.

Programs will include:

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Belay certification for Miami University's Climbing Wall
  • Low and High Challenge Course experience (EDL 290 Field Experience)
  • White water rafting weekend trip

Required Course:

EDL 290.R: The Nature of Group Leadership, a required two-credit course, challenges students to critically examine the many concepts of leadership and then to use that understanding to act through individual exploration, community service, and civic engagement. 

Students accepted into this living learning community will be charged a $175.00 program fee. The purpose of this program fee is to supplement the cost of programming listed above. There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the program fee. Students wanting to be considered for a scholarship should complete an application found at this link: APPLICATION.

Responses will be reviewed by staff members at the nationally recognized Miami University's Outdoor Pursuit Center. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jen Siliko, Miami University Outdoor Pursuit Center by email or by phone at 513-529-7510 or Jen.Siliko@MiamiOH.edu.

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RedHawk Traditions

The RedHawk Traditions community provides first-year students an opportunity to show their school spirit and learn about Miami's rich history of traditions. Participants will be encouraged to participate in intramural sports, attend athletic events with fellow community members, and even create new Miami traditions.

Possible programs include:

  • Tailgates at home football games
  • Meet and Greet with Student Athletes and Coaches
  • Bus trips to away games for different sports

Students accepted into this living learning community will be charged a $50.00 program fee. The purpose of this program fee is to supplement the cost of programming that will be available for exclusively for Redhawk Tradition students throughout the year. This will also include a membership to the Code Red student group. There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the program fee. Students wanting to be considered for a scholarship should complete an application found at this link: APPLICATION. Responses will be reviewed by staff members in the Office of Residence Life. 

Code Red Member Benefits:

  • Preferred seating at all athletic events, including early access to hockey games
  • Early Access to Special Road Game Travel Packages
  • Code Red T-shirt
  • Invitations to Exclusive Code Red Events with Miami Coaches and Players
  • And Much More!

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Scholar Leader

Scholar Leader is an upper-class residential living-learning community involving a one-year residence in Elliott or Stoddard Halls - two of the most historic residence halls in the nation. Endowments for each room provide partial scholarship to those students selected to live in the community. Each year, approximately 75 students are invited to join the Scholar Leader Community after a multi-stage application and selection process. The Scholar Leader Community encourages resident-guided programming, academic involvement, service learning projects, and the opportunity to explore leadership through intensive group engagement.

More information can be found at Scholar Leader.

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Sports and Recreation

The Sports and Recreation Learning Community is ideal for students who have a passion for sports and seek building experiences through physical activity.  Students have the opportunity to participate in up to 4 unique programs throughout the academic year along with program discounts and workshops.

Required Course:

EDL 110: The University and the Student (1 credit hour). 

Programs will include:

  • Fall Kick-Off Event: Adventure Race
  • Fall Broomball League
  • Annual Pass for non-ice Intramural Sports
  • Choice of one of tem Rec Activity/Programs

Students will be charged a program fee of $175 for the living learning community. The purpose of the program fee is to supplement the cost of the programs listed above. 

For more information please contact Mike Arnos at (513) 529-8179 or arnosmp@MiamiOH.edu.


Social Justice Scholars: Citizenship and Service

The Social Justice Scholar LLC is a dynamic living learning community, developing future leaders and global citizens who are committed to promoting social justice and equity in their personal and professional lives, engaging in public services, building bridges to other communities and educating others with their international perspective. Within this learning community, students take classes together and meet monthly through their entire first year to learn how to promote diversity and inclusion. This community is open to any interested student.

Possible programs include:

  • special access to guest speakers, social activist, and performers
  • opportunities to participate in intellectual discussions on diversity and inclusion
  • creation and participation in campus-wide social justice events
  • participate in meals and special cultural events

Required Course:

SJS 101: Elements of Social Justice, a required one-credit course, takes place in the hall's common room, discussions involving difference, including those stemming from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, class and region. Seminar helps create an environment where students learn to engage the differences found on campus and in the world into which students graduate.

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Sorority

The Office of Residence Life partners with the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in the implementation of the Sorority LLC. Participating sororities are clustered into corridor groups and have the opportunity to select a Sorority Corridor representative who works closely with the Residence Life staff to provide opportunities of involvement for the women in their corridor.

Student-Created Communities *Application for 2018-19 coming soon

Student-Created Communities is a unique opportunity for any group (size of 10-30) of second year students who share a common interest to live together in order to enhance their learning and overall residential experience at Miami University. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to address an important topic that has not been addressed in existing second-year Living Learning Communities. Questions should be directed to Joe Hawkins, Assistant Director, Office of Residence Life, at 513-529-4000 or hawkinjj@miamioh.edu.

Substance-Free Living Environment

This healthy living option is for first-year students that are willing to make a commitment to maintain a living environment free from tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Students living in the substance-free community do not have to agree to entirely abstain from the use of alcohol or tobacco, but they are not permitted to possess or use alcohol, tobacco, smokeless tobacco or other illegal substances within their designated substance-free space. Students in the substance-free living environment further agree that, should they consume any of these substances while away from their residence, they will not return to their room while under the influence of alcohol or other substances. To honor the rights of those who have selected this residential community, these expectations also apply to guests visiting these areas. 
At the start of each semester, all residents must sign a community commitment to maintain a substance-free lifestyle, and to respect the living environment.  This commitment is taken very seriously. If an individual does not keep this commitment, Residence Hall staff members will seek to bring about a resolution which will serve to maintain the integrity of the community lifestyle which could result in the Administrative removal from the Substance-free Community.

Wilks Leadership - The Student Leadership Challenge

The Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute is recruiting rising sophomore residents to participate in a leadership-oriented Living Learning Community (LLC). This LLC provides a unique opportunity for upperclass students who desire to enhance their learning and residential life experience with intentional and holistic leadership development experiences. Participants will enhance their leadership potential by learning and using the 5 Exemplary Practices of Leadership as detailed in the Student Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. The community will also be aligned with the residential life curricular outcome goals of community engagement, cultural competency, intrapersonal development and academic success. This LLC will be housed in the Etheridge Hall.  Membership in this community is by application.

LLC members will participate in the following:
  • Student Leadership Challenge Workbook and Personal Leadership Journal
  • Weekly community meetings
  • Designated speaker events
  • Outdoor Leadership event
  • Ethics and character development activities
  • Community-identified activities

This community is sponsored by the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute.

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Women in Science Disciplines, Engineering, and Mathematics (WISDEM)

WiSDEM is open to first-year women, focusing on the success and mentoring of women in science, engineering and math. WISDEM is an academically focused group of young women who have selected to live together in a facilitated living learning environment to further their opportunity for involvement with faculty. The program includes extra faculty involvement from the fields of science, engineering and math. Activities in this community include faculty dinners, educational media presentations, trips geared toward issues concerning women in science, engineering and math, and service learning opportunities. 

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