Learning Community Program
The foundation of Cabrini University's First-Year Experience is its Learning Community Program (watch the video at the bottom of this page to hear from students). Cabrini offers two types of learning community experiences to incoming first-year students, each of which is complementary to a student's academic major:
1) Learning Communities, or LCs, available to both residents and commuters, are cohorts of students co-enrolled in two or more courses, taught by a team of 2-3 faculty members, each semester of their first-year. All learning community coursework is directly connected to an academic theme that is central to the learning community.
2) Living and Learning Communities, or LLCs, are cohorts of students that live together on the same residence hall floor while simultaneously co-enrolling in two or more courses, taught by a team of 2-3 faculty members, each semester of their first-year. Just like the university's learning communities, all LLC coursework ties directly to an academic theme that is central to the learning community.
Both LCs and LLCs provide students with an opportunity to engage in community in and outside of the classroom and to extend learning beyond the classroom into diverse learning environments that may incude Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Lancaster, or Baltimore (to name a few). It's through these in and out-of-classroom experiences that students develop strong relationships with their peers and professors.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
Cabrini University’s Learning Community Program – comprised of learning community faculty, staff, student fellows, and students—is founded on the premise that we will work together to create a supportive, equitable, inclusive environment that welcomes all students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, religious beliefs, physical or mental health status, or socioeconomic status. We embrace and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and ensure their faces, voices, and experiences are reflected, valued, and validated. Our communities offer a supportive, shared space to explore issues of diversity personally and collectively. It is critical, as learning community members, to commit to understanding how other's personal and cultural experiences contribute to their identity, recognizing that the work of inclusion and equity is a responsibility held by all community members. Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are all core values of this university’s learning community program and all learning community participants deserve and should expect to be treated with respect by other members of their learning community.
Explore each of the university's Learning Community and Living and Learning Community offerings below:
- Cabrini Cruisers
- Common Grounds
- Communication: Telling Stories That Matter
- The Creative Life Learning Community
- The Educators
- Men of Color Leadership Academy
- Writers, Ink.
Living and Learning Communities:
All incoming, first-year students are asked to complete the REQUIRED Learning Community application below. For more information, contact Dr. Richie Gebauer, Assistant Dean for Retention and Student Success, at 610.902.8592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.