Joining a Living & Learning Community (LLC) is an opportunity to Enhance

LLCs provide a smooth transition to university life through shared residences, integrated courses, and special support for work and play.

Being Part of a Learning Community

Belonging to a learning community ensures a smooth transition to Barry life. Not only will you get to know your fellow peers quickly, but you will also have the opportunity to live together, attend the same classes, and network with faculty, staff, and alumni with similar personal and professional interests.

Advantages of a Learning Community

The following benefits will provide you with greater satisfaction and academic success while at Barry University:

  • Smooth the transition from high school to college and from home to campus life
  • Enhance participation in social and academic contexts
  • Build valuable and transferable academic skills
  • Provide personalized instruction and support
  • Help students find and take advantage of campus resources
  • Increase involvement beyond the first year

Barry students report that the learning community helped them make friends, form study groups, be more successful in their courses, interact more closely with their faculty, and become more aware of university and departmental resources.

First - Year Learning Communities

We currently offer four communities within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences that includes a partnership with the College of Arts Sciences. As we continue to create communities within the colleges and schools across campus, we will advertise these communities as they come available.

College of Arts and Sciences

STEM | Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

The College of Arts and Sciences’ STEM Living and Learning Community offers the social support and academic collaboration that will help you make the most of your first year at Barry. STEM LLC students living on campus will live in a residence hall with other members of the group, and commuter students will have access to spaces on campus designated especially for the STEM LLC. All STEM LLC students will be enrolled in special sections of the following courses:

Fall Semester Courses

  • ORI 100: First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit)
  • CS 151: Computational Thinking (3 credits)

Spring Semester Courses

  • ENG 112: Techniques of Research (3 credits)

These courses are specifically tailored for STEM students, will help you transition to college life, and will introduce you to the many opportunities in the STEM disciplines. You will also take field trips, attend guest lectures, and benefit from assigned readings focused on the needs of STEM students.


To join the STEM LLC, you must be:

  • In your first year
  • A STEM major (biology, chemistry, computer information sciences, computer science, mathematics, psychology) or interested in STEM
  • Registered to live on campus
  • Eligible for MAT 095 or higher
  • Eligible for ENG 111 or higher

For more information
Contact Dr. Stephanie Bingham, Professor of Biology | 305.899.3215

Engaged Educators

The Engaged Educators Living and Learning Community provides you with many opportunities to speak to, collaborate with, and learn from a community of diverse peers and experienced professors. This LLC fosters personal and professional transformation as you acquire the knowledge, skills, and disposition of an enlightened and engaged educator who is prepared to serve students and society.

You’ll share a living space and special programs with a team of similarly engaged students while enrolled in the following courses:

Fall Semester

  • ORI 100: First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit)
  • EDU 160: Foundations in Education (3 credits)
  • PSY 281: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Spring Semester

  • EDU 221: Child Development (3 credits)
  • THE 201: Theology: Faiths, Beliefs, and Traditions (3 credits)


To join the Engaged Educators LLC, you must be:

  • In your first year
  • Accepted as an Education Major
  • Registered to live on campus

For more information:
Contact Dr. Samuel Perkins
BS in Education Program Director
Adrian Dominican School of Education / 305-899-4826

School of Business

Business Learning Community

In the Business Learning Community, you will connect with students like you who share an interest in business. You will hear successful business professionals speak about their careers, visit a corporate site, attend great lectures, and study together. You will enroll in the three courses listed below with your learning community peers:

Fall Semester

  • BUS 181: Introduction to Business (3 credits)
  • ECO 201: Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ORI 100: First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit)

The Introduction to Business course emphasizes hands-on learning through participation in an online business simulation game and through interaction with business leaders. The remainder of your fall semester course schedule will be completed with your academic advisor.


To join the Business Learning Community, you must be:

  • In your first year
  • Accepted as a business major

For More Information
Contact Jessica Fernandez, Assistant Dean
D. Inez Andreas School of Business | 305.899.3531

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

In the Pre-Nursing Learning Community, you’ll meet student nurses, nursing faculty, and visit the Nursing Simulation Lab for interactive activities. You’ll be connected to Nursing’s Bridge to Barry website, where you’ll find valuable resources to guide your path into the nursing program and a lifelong career. As part of your course schedule, you will be enrolled in the following four courses with your learning community peers:

  • ORI 100: First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit)
  • BIO 220: Introduction to Human Anatomy (3 credits)
  • BIO 220L: Introduction to Human Anatomy Lab (1 credit)
  • ENG 095: English Composition Strategies (3 credits)

The remainder of your course schedule will be completed with your pre-nursing academic advisor.


In order to join the Pre-Nursing Learning Community, you must be:

  • In your first year
  • Accepted as a pre-nursing major