Living and Learning Programs

The University of Maryland ranks high among the nation's colleges and universities having academic programs that are believed to lead to student success, according to annual U.S. News and World Report polls of college presidents and deans of students. Maryland has been recognized in four or more categories every year since the poll results were first published in 2003.

For 2009, Maryland, Stanford and Elon University are the only institutions named in all four of the categories shown below. Maryland is the only member of the nation's Top 25 Public Universities to be so honored. Two other Top 25 publics -- Michigan and Ohio State -- each were named in three of the four categories.

  • Learning communities where students may take two or more linked courses as a group and thus get to know their instructors and one another well. Honors College, College Park Scholars and CIVICUS Living & Learning Programs at Maryland have been cited as pre-eminent examples.
  • First-year experience programs such as seminars led by faculty and staff members that go beyond traditional Orientation to help freshman students feel connected to their chosen university or college.
  • Service learning programs where student volunteer in a campus’s neighboring communities and are helped in the classroom see a direct connection between their field experience and their academic studies.
  • Undergraduate research/creative projects marked by work in teams under the supervision of a faculty member and resulting in a scholarly paper or other product that can be formally presented on or off campus.

What are Living & Learning Programs?

Living & Learning Programs are specialized residential programs initiated by and having direct connections with faculty and specific academic units/departments within the University’s Division of Academic Affairs. In partnership with Resident Life staff and other student services staff at the University, these faculty and academic administrators link the curricular and residential experiences in ways that create opportunities for deeper understanding and integration of classroom material.

What are Maryland's Living & Learning Programs?

To learn more about Maryland’s Living & Learning Programs, please click on the links below.

Why participate in a Living & Learning Program?

Students who participate as members of these communities have higher retention and graduation rates and report higher satisfaction with their undergraduate experience at Maryland. These positive outcomes result from:

  • the connections that are made with students who share similar interests,
  • the substantial contact that occurs with individual faculty members outside the classroom,
  • enhanced programmatic opportunities,
  • specialized guidance on academic and career planning,
  • frequent service learning opportunities, and
  • creative utilization of the research, cultural, natural and political resources of the Baltimore-Washington, DC-Annapolis area.