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What is a learning community picture What is a Learning Community?

We get this question all the time!  You might expect “it’s a community where people learn from each other.” And you’re right, but there is more to defining a learning community.

In an academic setting like Freshman Programs, a learning community is a structure in which classes are linked so that groups of students enroll in courses together. By sharing common schedules, students also make friends, form study groups, and discuss and socialize together outside of class. These student cohorts become a small community within a large university. The Freshman Programs learning community structure is an instant recipe to produce networks for academic, personal, and social success at Cal State Fullerton. 

Students participate in our Learning Communities during the first year of study. In the fall semester, students enroll in our freshman success seminar – University Studies 100 – and in the spring semester students select linked courses matched with their particular learning community where they apply classroom learning in real-world settings through service learning.  All Freshman Programs Learning Communities help students learn the academic and practical skills of successful college students.

Join our Learning Community!

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We offer six learning communities and are sure one of these will match your interests and goals. Click on the links below to view your first year in college and the application process within each learning community.

Fullerton First Year develops leadership skills, and encourages campus and community involvement.

Compass helps students explore personal goals, identify strengths, and choose the right major and career path.

Compass for Health and Human Development Majors introduces students to the range of careers options in health and human services fields.

Fullerton Future Teachers guides students interested in teaching careers by providing specialized advising and field experiences in K-12 classrooms.

iSustain explores inter-connectedness of everything on the planet, and is designed for any student interested in sustainability from a personal perspective, as a civic issue, or as a career opportunity.

Mihaylo First Year introduces Pre-Business students to various opportunities, programs and career paths offered in the Mihaylo College.

More Questions?

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