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Living Learning Communities

American University offers a number of special living environments known as Living Learning Communities (LLCs). LLCs are cohorts of students who live and explore a common interest or academic pursuit together. Some include required courses that students must take and others are organized around a theme or community interest that students wish to learn more about. Admittance to programs vary based on individual requirements.


Sophomore LLCs for the programs listed below will be available to students completing their first-year as a Three-Year Scholar. Your program director will contact you with the process to affirm you space.


Have you enjoyed your Honors and CBRS living-learning community? Rising sophomores who are currently enrolled in CBRS or Honors, as well as newly admitted Honors and CBRS sophomore students, are invited to live on the Honors and Scholars floor. You will continue to live in a strong community with all the benefits of peer support and programming designed to enhance your second year. For more information about this opportunity, please contact

Venturous is a Living-Learning Community that provides rising sophomores – whether in the Kogod School of Business or any other field or discipline – the opportunity to identify human-centered problems and needs and to collaboratively apply critical and creative thinking skills to develop realistic solutions to the problems they discover. The Venturous Sophomore LLC will take students on a journey designed to unleash awareness of their own entrepreneurial mindset and innate creativity. On that journey, they will meet with a range of people to identify real human needs and learn the optimism that comes from designing, developing, and testing meaningful solutions.

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Are you passionate about social justice? Do you want to be part of a tight-knit community of peers committed to improving the world? If yes, you can apply to participate in the CBRS sophomore living-learning community!

CBRS is a program for social-justice minded students who want to learn how to work directly with the community to effect positive social change. In addition to the strong research skills you will develop, you will get to experience Washington, DC, in a deeper way, beyond the monuments and museums, to the rich diversity of neighborhoods, cultures, and people. Even better, you get to do all this with an amazing, supportive community of peers as you live, learn, and serve together.

Rising sophomores who have applied and been admitted to the CBRS program for fall 2022 will live on the Hoors and Scholars floor. For more information about this opportunity, please contact

How can we meaningfully engage with other cultures? What roles can we play to bridge the spaces between communities and continents? Rising sophomores in the School of International Service are invited to live in the Interculturalist Sophomore Living-Learning Community and join a cohort of students exploring the myriad ways culture influences who we are, what we think, and how we experience the world. Washington, DC is one of the most international cities in the world, serving as a perfect laboratory for all seeking to deepen their understanding of, and appreciation for, other cultures and themselves.

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