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STEM Learning Community FAQs

How do I sign up?
How long will the program last?
Will I take any other courses?
Can I take just one or two courses out of the Learning Community?
How will the students be selected?
Do I have to live in specific housing to participate in this program?
Can I participate in this community and other specialized programs, such as Honors, Cornerstone, Hollywood East or PULSE?
Can I participate in this community and be an Athlete?

How do I sign up?

Fill out our online application.

How long will the program last?

The linked courses offered through the STEM Learning Community are only for the fall semester of your freshman year. Through the learning community, students often develop their own supportive network of peers and voluntarily decide to continue taking classes together.

Will I take any other courses?

Yes, in addition to your 3 linked courses, you will take 1 - 2 additional courses, usually ones that will satisfy the requirements of University Studies.

Can I take just one or two courses out of the Learning Community?

No. Students must register for all three courses associated with the Learning Community to be part of the program.

How will the students be selected?

The STEM Learning Community will accept a total of 120 incoming first-year students (24 in each area of interest) on a first-come, first-served basis to include a well-rounded group of applicants. The requirements to participate are admission to UNCW, an interest in one of the STEM areas, and a willingness to be an active positive member of a learning community.

Do I have to live in specific housing to participate in this program?

No, you do not have to live in specific housing to participate in this learning community. Local students can also participate in the STEM Learning Community.

For those interested in living with others in the community, there will be a limited number of reserved spaces available together in The Tri-House area (Cornerstone Hall or Innovation House). If this option appeals to you, you can indicate this on the application. These spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis as long as the student has paid their $105.00 housing deposit by the May 1st deadline. Living with others in the learning community may help some students form support systems quicker and it also encourages small study group sessions within your living area.

Can I participate in this community and other specialized programs, such as Honors, Cornerstone, Hollywood East or PULSE?

No. All of these great programs share common courses which will conflict with courses offered through this community. We encourage you to speak with the coordinators of the various programs to gain more information to help you make your decision. You can apply to up to three programs on the application by ranking your preferences. Only one program at a time will consider your application.

Can I participate in this community and be an Athlete?

The answer to this question would depend on the practice and/or competition schedules of the specific team and whether or not those times would conflict with the set times of the learning community. If interested, we encourage you to apply and indicate you are a member of an athletic team. When we review applications, we can speak with Athletics regarding the schedule to determine if you can do both programs.