Living Learning Program Descriptions


The Living Learning Program, or LLP, is comprised of 14 different Learning Communities and Residential Colleges. These different communities support student success by placing students with similar interests into smaller communities in particular residence halls. Students receive special programming, interactions with UK faculty and staff, and a supportive community. Students must apply and be accepted to a specific LLP, as space is limited.

"The Living Learning Program provides you with a wealth of opportunity. Mine has opened doors that I did not know existed."

—Lindsey Snider, Peer Mentor


Formerly Agricultural Residential College


For first-year students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE).

The CAFE LLP is for first-year students pursuing a major within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment who are highly motivated and interested in becoming leaders in the local and global community. Students in the CAFE LLP will live and learn together about the value and impact agriculture, food, and the environment have on the foundation of our civilization. This community provides interaction with faculty and staff, tutoring, connected courses, industry related programming and regular engagement with upper-class Peer Mentors.

Residence Hall: Woodland Glen IV

Agriculture Program Details


Audre Lorde Social Justice Community 

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The Audre Lorde Social Justice Living Learning Program is for first-year students who are interested in social justice advocacy for identities like race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. While using Audre Lorde’s writings as a template for activism, students will explore their own advocacy and create community standards for the LLP. The rooms in the Audre Lorde SJ LLP are gender inclusive. 

Residence Hall: Blazer Hall

Audre Lorde Social Justice Community Details


Business Enterprise Residential College

Business Enterprise

For first year students in the Gatton College of Business & Economics.

The Business Enterprise Learning Community is a residential experience designed to provide first year business students with the opportunity to the different functions of the business field.

Students are engaged through connected courses, specialty events and mentoring by faculty, staff, peer mentors and local business executives. The program also offers students the opportunity to develop leadership and professionalism skills. The community seeks to inspire the "entrepreneurial spirit" in Gatton students and provide additional academic support for a richer first year experience.

Residence Hall: Jewell Hall

Business Program Details


CI Connect Community

CI Connect

For first-year students enrolled in the College of Communication and Information.

This community provides students who have declared a major or minor in the College of Communication and Information the opportunity to "connect" with other students, college faculty, and staff, all from the comfort of the Champions Court I residence hall.   This community encourages students to blur the lines between living and learning since program activities and monthly events will take place inside the residence hall.  The connected course is specifically designed for majors and minors in the college and will explore everything the college and UK have to offer.

Residence Hall: Jewell Hall

CI Connect Program Details


Community of Scholars

The Community of Scholars is a unique living-learning opportunity in the Honors Quad (HQ).  The “HQ” is the home of the Lewis Honors College and is comprised of Lewis, Haggin, Donovan and Johnson Residence Halls. The Community of Scholars is available for any student — whether a member of the Lewis Honors College or not — who is interested in living and learning in a community dedicated to enriching their academic experiences to grow intellectually, personally and socially.  

The Community of Scholars is a collaboration between the staff and faculty of the Lewis Honors College and members of the UK Residence Life staff. This community focuses on ensuring that every student finds an opportunity for engagement through participation in a variety of high-impact, academically rigorous programs that promote interaction with other students, faculty, and staff.

Location: Lewis HallDonovan HallLyman T. Johnson Hall and Haggin Hall.

Community of Scholars Details


Creative Arts Residential College

Creative Arts

For students with a strong interest in the creative and/or performing arts.

The Creative Arts Living Learning Program is for students with a strong interest or major in the creative or performing arts—from dance, music, and theatre to visual arts, creative writing, design, and arts administration. The residence hall, Limestone Park I, will house solo and ensemble music practice rooms, a performance studio with projection capabilities for dance, music and theatre, an art studio and a writing studio for a truly immersive living-learning program, located within three blocks of the Fine Arts Building, the Singletary Center for the Arts, and School of Art and Visual Studies Building. First-year students will benefit from the support of Peer Mentors already engaged with the arts at UK. Faculty from the College of Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences will teach connected courses that count toward the Arts and Creativity and/or Humanities requirements of the UK Core and organize programming uniquely customized for "creative types."

Residence Hall: Holmes Hall

Creative Arts Program Details


EDLife Scholars

Ed Life

For first-year students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees at the University of Kentucky and are interested in education or health and wellness.

This community offers two tracks, one for students interested in careers in Education and one for students who want to pursue careers in Health and Wellness. This residential program provides a special opportunity to be part of a close-knit community of students who share similar interests. Together, scholars will experience and explore the Lexington area, study together, and engage in community service. Student scholars will also have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors to participate in research related to the student's interests.

Residence Hall: Chellgren Hall

EdLife Program Details


Engineering Living Learning Program

For students pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering.

The Engineering Living Learning Program (ELLP) offers a unique opportunity to College of Engineering students who are passionate about pursuing a career in engineering or computer science to live together in a community focused on one goal—academic success. This residential experience complements classroom expectations by integrating students into the engineering community with programs centered on academic support and social engagement. The ELLP provides students with opportunities to interact with the College of Engineering faculty, alumni, industry leaders, academic advisors and other staff to assist students in their pursuit of a degree. Hand-selected peer mentors help students meet the academic expectations of the engineering program and excel academically, while also helping them transition into the University of Kentucky. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in first-year engineering courses in a state-of-the-art classroom located on the first floor of Woodland Glen III.

Woodland Glen III is located near the William T. Young Library, The 90 (our popular campus dining facility), the Hagan Baseball Stadium, the Johnson Recreation Center, and the Lancaster Aquatic Center. It is a short walk to the Jacobs Science Building and Kroger Field.

Residence Hall: Woodland Glen III


Engineering Program Details


First Generation Scholars

For first-year, and returning first-generation college students.

For first-year, and returning first-generation college students.

This community is a joint venture between the Office of First-Generation Student Advising and UK's Student Support Services.  First-generation upper-classmen who serve as Peer Mentors live in the residence hall and coordinate monthly programs and service projects. Our community serves as a place for first-generation students to build the bonds necessary to succeed as the first in their family to go to college. We offer a wide-range of programming, but focus on the importance of campus and community engagement as well as helping students strengthen their academic and professional identities. Once a part of the community, you are part of the First-Generation Family for life!

Residence Hall: Baldwin Hall

First Generation Program Details


Interprofessional Healthcare Residential College


For first-year and returning students interested in healthcare and returning students who have already lived in the IHRC.

The IHRC is a high-impact, living-learning program designed for highly motivated students who are passionate about healthcare. Students participate in coursework and co-curricular activities with dedicated faculty, staff, and Peer Mentors. Examples of co-curricular activities include interprofessional healthcare lectures and panel discussions as well as professionalism and community-service opportunities tailored specifically for healthcare students. The IHRC is an active collaboration among nine UK colleges* and is open to any major. Connected courses include the following: HHS 101 (Survey of the Health Professions), CIS (Composition and Communication) 110, 111, and 112 for healthcare students, and UK 101 for healthcare students.

Residence Hall: Woodland Glen V

Healthcare Program Details


International Village

International Village

For first-year students.

The International Village provides students with a meaningful international experience right on UK’s campus. Conveniently located in beautiful Blazer Hall, students in the International Village enjoy learning about the world from and with each other. Room assignments pair students from differing backgrounds, and dedicated programming offers opportunities to explore others’ cultures and develop international friendships.Through cultural and recreational programming as well as through connected coursework, students will have regular interactions with faculty, upper class peer mentors, and staff dedicated to supporting their academic success at the University of Kentucky.

Residence Hall: Blazer Hall

International Program Details


Leadership and Service

The Leadership & Service Living Learning program is open to any residential first-year student who has a desire to develop and enhance their leadership skills while becoming active citizens in their local, regional, and global communities. Students form relationships with others who share these interests and will learn from others student leadership experiences and develop a great awareness of diverse perspectives.

The community is rooted in strengths-based leadership, with all members of the community utilizing the Gallup CliftonStrengths program to better understand strengths related to personal persistence and leadership opportunities. All community members will take the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment at the beginning of their first year in the community, and the focus on strengths, along with the active citizenship continuum, will be the foundational philosophies for this community. 

Residence Hall: Holmes Hall

Service and Leadership Program Detail




Open to any first-year student interested in a STEM major.

STEMCats is designed to teach students about careers and research and the endless possibilities of the STEM disciplines. Students in STEMCats attend the FastTrack* program, arriving on campus a week before UK officially opens. FastTrack gives them an early start in math, biology, and chemistry classes, building confidence in their academic preparation as a first-year student. Upper-class STEM majors serve as mentors throughout the year. STEMCats participants will also participate in research (a unique opportunity for a first-year student)and present their research in UK’s Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. STEMCats delivers a unique beginning for students interested in a STEM major. This Residential College is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Residence Hall: Ball Hall

STEMCats Program Details

*FastTrack cost $50 in 20120. Check for latest information.


Transfer Year Experience

New for the 2022-2023 academic year, the Transfer Year Experience provides incoming transfer students a community as soon as they step foot on the University of Kentucky campus. The program is designed to support transfer students through their transition to the university, along with connect them with fellow students, faculty and staff for additional support.

Residence Hall: Boyd Hall

Transfer Year Experience Details