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WISE Living-Learning Community

An Undergraduate Residential Community of Scholars

"The best thing is the WISE Learning Community. I love it. Here, my roommate is in the same classes as I am - so we are on the same wavelength when it comes to homework and studying. Also, I can just walk down the hall and talk to almost anyone about problems in chemistry or engineering or calculus."

What is the WISE Living-Learning Community?

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Living-Learning Community provides a supportive opportunity for first-, second-, and third-year women majoring in an array of science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines (STEM). The WISE LLC, first offered for the 1996-97 school year, is the oldest academic learning community at the UI and has been a model program for developing other learning communities on campus, not just because we do a great job supporting learning but because we also have a ton of FUN!

As part of the WISE Learning Community, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in facilitated study groups, peer tutoring and advising sessions (see tutoring web page);
  • Take advantage of the LLC buddy system which matches first-year women with upper-level women also in the community;
  • Attend presentations on academic involvement, research opportunities, community service, and volunteer activities, as well as career exploration;
  • Socialize with other WISE Women while decorating cookies, carving pumpkins, decorating t-shirts, or attending Sunday night suppers;
  • Interact with K-12 students, community members, and corporate sponsors by taking part in activities organized by the WISE Ambassadors; and
  • Give back by taking part in the WISE LLC Outreach Program, returning to your hometown school to talk about the importance of taking math and science in high school and to discuss the transition to college life.   
  • Women living in the WISE LLC are required to enroll in one of the four sections for Fall 2010 of Research 101: Responsible Conduct in Research:
    Students should enroll during Orientation (by July 19, 2010, unless they have an August orientation date) or they may be moved to another residence hall space.

How does it work?

Starting with an orientation picnic, scavenger hunt and ice cream social the first week of the fall semester, LLC women learn to study, play, laugh, and cry together. For many WISE women the relationships made in the WISE LLC last well beyond their years at the University.

Getting involved in the University and Iowa City communities through your connections at WISE will help make your college years the best they can be. This is a time to explore the opportunities available to you as a student and as a young, independent adult. WISE will help you experience your newfound independence and develop the skills needed to meet the challenges of life as part of a community that supports academic excellence and recognizes the importance of your commitment to long-term goals.

WISE Works!

Read more about the Learning Community by reading information specifically for prospective students and current students. Don't hesitate to contact if you have further questions!

Incoming first-year students also have the opportunity to take part in the WISE Peer Mentoring Program. Although the LLC and the Peer Mentoring Program are separate programs involving separate applications, each year between 30% and 40% of LLC residents also request a mentor.

"It has made the transition (from high school to college) easier because most of the people on the floor are in the same classes and you get to know people quickly."

"I loved the sense of community from the very beginning, we all had so much in common!"


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