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Learning Communities

These are just a few of the questions we get asked on a regular basis. If you have a question that has not been answered here, please feel free to contact us directly at 216-687-5127 or

What do Learning Communities offer me?

Learning Communities offer many opportunities to first-year Freshman that makes the transition to University life easier. You will enjoy a cluster of smaller classes based on a theme of your choice, more access to your faculty, Peer Mentor Coaches and other advisors, and field trips and co-curricular activities that takes learning beyond the classroom walls.

How do I join a Learning Community? When do I sign up?

If you are attending CSU Freshman Orientation, let your advisor know when you meet with him or her that you will be joining a Learning Community. Your advisor will then complete an enrollment form that makes sure you get into the right classes.

If I join a Learning Community, will I be at Cleveland State an extra semester?

A purpose of the Learning Communities is to give you an organized and supportive start that will make your time at CSU efficient and valuable. The LCs are designed to satisfy as many General Education requirements as possible so that you will be taking classes that apply to your degree program.

Who is eligible and how do you determine who gets into which Learning Community?

Learning Communities are open to any first-year student and they are open to everyone until they are filled. Enrollment for Fall begins in March. You select which Learning Community you would like to join based on what classes fit your goals best. Don’t be afraid to call your advisor in advance of Orientation to ensure your spot in the LC that’s right for you.

Do I have to pay more tuition to be involved in a Learning Community?

There is no additional cost to join a Learning Community, though some special events may require an admission fee.

What kind of events do Learning Communities put on?

The events vary each year based on the Learning Communities. Each year the Fall begins with Orientation to Learning in Community: Outdoor Adventure. The event is free and optional, but it is limited to 100, so you should register as soon as possible by calling 216-687-5127.

Can I be in only one portion of the Learning Community classes?

It is important that the Community stick together as, well, a community, so we make every effort to ensure that students take all of the classes in the cluster.

What if I drop one of the classes during the semester; do I get kicked out of my Learning Community?

We will do everything we can to make sure there is no need for you to drop a class during the semester. That’s one of the benefits of joining an LC. As long as you are in good standing, you will remain a part of the community.

Are there Learning Community classes planned for second semester as well?

Currently, the Learning Communities are for one semester only, but we find that after one semester in your community, you stay friends—and supports—for a long time. If you are interested in staying involved in the Learning Communities, ask about becoming a Peer Mentor Coach.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

Please contact any of our staff with questions at 216-687-5127 or

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