Living-Learning Communities at Delaware State University
For incoming freshmen, Delaware State University offers a unique opportunity to help make the transition from high school to college life a lot easier.
Form new friendships — and feel a sense of belonging on campus — by joining one of DSU’s Living-Learning Communities.
As a member of a LLC, you’ll have the chance to be part of a community of learners with similar interests and goals. In a residential LLC, you’ll live – and study, learn and socialize – with fellow members in the same residence hall.
You’ll take part in activities that support learning inside and outside of the classroom, and you’ll build a connection with faculty and advisors.
As you get to know your new DSU community, you’ll already be part of a smaller community that will enrich your academic career and better connect you with DSU and your peers.
Apply today  to join a Living-Learning Community at DSU.
How to Apply
Students who wish to apply for a Living-Learning Community must first separately apply for on-campus housing .
To apply for many of DSU’s Living-Learning Communities, complete the application . Some communities, noted in the descriptions below, have their own application processes. When that is the case, information is provided within the description on how to apply.
The Living-Learning Communities
Choose a Living-Learning Community from the list below and follow instructions on how to apply.
|College Advance in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is designed to help first-year students develop a strong academic foundation that will lead to success in college and beyond. The program links members of this learning community in English Composition I and U.S. History since 1865 (fall semester) and English Composition II and Critical Thinking/Philosophy (spring semester) in their freshman year. In their sophomore, junior and senior years, students will continue to take one class together. Students also participate in a vast array of extra and co-curricular activities, receive additional academic support, and interact with their peers who share similar academic and professional interests. Participants reside in Meta V. Jenkins Hall.|
|Commuters: Lounge & Learn Did you know that living off campus and being a commuter can also have its own unique benefits for first-year students who reside in Delaware? Delaware State University has created a space especially for you: the Commuter Lounge. In this central location, you’ll meet other commuters and learn the 4-1-1 on campus activities, participate in collaborative learning, get the know-how on the DART Rideshare Program and explore employment either on or off campus. The lounge, located in the MLK Student Center, is the place where you become a member of the Commuter Student Association and you feel a greater sense of belonging to DSU. This is a non-residential Learning Community.|
|The DSU Honors Living-Learning Community is designed to create and nurture a community of academically bright and motivated students who value intellectual pursuit. Honors students are engaged in active learning processes and have membership in the Honors Students Association, a source for social and extracurricular events. Students interact closely with faculty, student and adult leaders in the Delaware State University community, and they participate in service to DSU and the local Dover community. DSU Honors students reside in Meta V. Jenkins Residence Hall.|
|The First-Year Hornets community is designed to promote student success outside of the classroom by providing students who have not declared a major with extra academic support and social connections. Together, students in this LLC learn more about the history and traditions of DSU, meet successful DSU alumni, connect with student mentors, attend sporting events, make personal connections with University offices, and get involved in campus activities and student organizations. This community allows students to gain skills to enhance the entire college experience while they are trying to decide upon a major. First Year Hornets reside in Meta V. Jenkins Hall.|
|The Health and Wellness (HWLLC) encourages students to develop and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit, as well as share a commitment to the pursuit of optimal health. Programs will focus on academic success, personal development and leadership potential through the promotion of six key areas of wellness: physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and occupational. The members of the Health and Wellness Living-Learning community will reside in Warren-Franklin Residence Hall.|
|The Internationals learning community for international students is intended to foster ways that ease the transition of non-US students into US culture, while simultaneously create opportunities to help US students become exposed to international cultures. This dynamic community will include activities such as lively discussions, social interactions, and attendance at American- and internationally-focused events. This is a non-residential Learning Community.|
|The Leadership and Service Living-Learning Community provides new Inspire scholars with the opportunity to impact the surrounding community through leadership, service learning and civic engagement, and the essential tools to become strong, ethical leaders. This community is ideally suited for students who aspire to become future leaders of student organizations or student government, or within their majors or professional fields. It is also for those who just want to challenge themselves in personal growth. Whether the desire is to lead an organization or focus on becoming a more confident and prepared individual, this community is a great way to progress in both leadership and service! The members of the Leadership and Service LLC reside in Medgar Evers Hall.|
|The M.A.L.E. — Men Achieving Leadership in Academic Excellence Project provides mentoring, advising, cultural events and activities designed to enhance the academic progress of first-year minority male students. The members of this community will learn how to overcome barriers to their academic and personal success. A program of the Division of Academic Enrichment, the M.A.L.E. Project works cooperatively with each college to support students’ progress toward graduation. The members of the M.A.L.E. Project will reside in Medgar Evers Residence Hall.|
|Non-Traditionals Are you a returning student who feels you do not quite fit in with students who have just graduated high school? Are you a parent-student looking to bond with other parent-students? Are you in the military and wish to interact with students who are receptive to your experience? Are you simply not the typical high school graduate? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, this learning community is for you! The Nontraditionals Learning Community allows students to shape their activities and all related matters around their unique individuality. You will find a place in which you feel a strong sense of belonging. This is a non-residential Learning Community.|
Project Success is a six-week, pre-college program for students admitted to the University under special conditions. The special conditions for admission include participation in a yearlong academic monitoring program that begins with an intense, six-week summer residential program. The student must complete a college math, college English and/or “developmental course(s).” These courses must be completed with a GPA of 2.0 or above. As a structured program, students are provided with tutoring, supplemental instruction, support labs, mentoring, counseling and opportunities for social bonding. Upon completion of the full program (including the fall and spring semesters), students who maintain a 2.0 and above cumulative GPA are allowed to continue their enrollment at the University, without special conditions. They continue to be monitored by the Office of University Studies & First-Year Programs and receive academic support services within the Division of Academic Enrichment.
For more information, contact Dr. Jacqueline Washington .
The Science and Math Initiative for Learning Enrichment (SMILE) Project is a unique program designed exclusively for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students that enhances their academic success and involvement at DSU. SMILE sponsors the New Student Orientation for STEM majors and the SMILE Training Camp. The summer training camp gives members the opportunity to meet peers in their respective major, work with mentors and take college preparatory courses with some of the professors who will teach their semesters’ courses. The camp makes the transition from high school to college smoother by letting members begin their unique learning experiences during the summer. SMILE students reside in Meta V. Jenkins Residence Hall.
For more information and for an application, contact Margie Vela-Sianjina .
|Women Only: First-Class Wonders is a community designed for women only. Aiming to empower women, this community is a departure from how women have traditionally been depicted throughout history in literature and the arts as the “second sex.” Monthly presentations and discussions will focus and share examples of how women around the world have often been brave warriors, proving their mettle beyond the domestic territories prescribed for them. The focus is on the achievements of women as thinkers and pragmatic actors on the world stage, but with a view toward understanding the lifelong image that has usually been present. Additionally, the community will visit museums and attend plays and cultural events around this image, toward integrating history, literature, sociology and communication as they apply to the inner and outer workings of the female stereotype.|