First-Year Learning Communities

FAQs - Cornerstone

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How long will the program last?

The courses and themes described on the Courses Offered page will be for the fall semester only. However, students in the program will live in Cornerstone Residence Hall for the entire year and some programming will continue in the spring semester

I Know/Don't Know My Major. Will This Affect My Participation?

Since all the CLCs satisfy three University Studies requirements necessary for graduation regardless of your eventual major, participating in the CLC program will be beneficial for most students. There are two possible categories where Cornerstone may not be as beneficial as other learning community options.
Early College Students - If a student comes into UNCW already earning an A.A or A.S. degree or having a significant number of general education requirements completed, they may want to consider a different learning community that interests them.
Potential Major or Interest Community - if there is a specific learning community outside of Cornerstone that focuses on a student's potential major or area of strong interest, they may want to consider these communities first.

Will I Take Any Other Courses?

The fall CLCs total eight to ten credits each. Since a typical schedule is fifteen to sixteen credits, students will take two or three regular courses in addition to the CLC courses. When you attend Orientation, academic advisors will work with you to select and register for the additional courses.

Can I Take Only One or Two Courses Out of A CLC?

No. Students must register for all three of the linked courses in a given CLC if they wish to be in a program. Additionally, students will not be permitted to drop or withdraw from one or two of the courses at any time in the semester due to potential common projects between the three courses.

How Will The Students Be Selected?

The UNCW Cornerstone Learning Communities (CLC) program enrolls incoming first-year students on a first-come, first-served basis. The requirements to participate are admission to UNCW, an active Housing Contract to live in Cornerstone Residence Hall, and a willingness to be an active, positive member of a learning community.

What Does It Mean to Be Provisionally Admitted to Cornerstone?

This means that a spot in the residence hall as well as a learning community will be held for you until you are able to come to Orientation and register for courses. Once you are officially registered in a learning community and assigned a room in Cornerstone, you will be fully admitted to the program.