First-Year Learning Communities


First-Year Experience Communities at UNCW

First-Year Learning Communities are for YOU! No matter what your interest, there is a place for you. Some options include living in the same residence hall and taking three courses with the same 24 people, while others allow you to choose where you want to live, and you may take one common course with your group. The best part is that the classes you take are required courses for any major at UNCW, so you know you're on the right track! Simply select an area you're interested in, and we'll take care of the rest. This may include your housing assignment, enrollment in the courses, assigning you a Peer Mentor to help guide you during your first semester, coordinated programs and trips, and more. 

Students, you can learn more and apply to our First-Year Learning Communities through the First-Year Learning Community application. The Honors College will require a separate application.

For additional information or if you have any questions about this community, please email

Much research has been done world-wide on the effectiveness of these types of communities for college students. Here are just some of the benefits seen by the participating students:

  • Students create their own supportive peer networks that extend beyond the classroom
  • Students become more involved in both in-class and out-of-class activities
  • Students spend more time and effort on academic and other educationally-related activities
  • Students tend to earn higher grades
  • Students report feeling more connected to their community professors, staff, mentors and the UNCW campus
  • Students report an increased overall satisfaction with their college experience

Honors College

Members of the UNCW Honors College are part of an intellectually and socially diverse group of engaged students, involved in every major and in all areas of university life. The Honors College provides opportunities for undergraduates to enrich their academic curriculum in any major, to develop a global perspective, to engage in faculty-led undergraduate research and creative scholarly activity, and to receive mentoring for national scholarship and fellowship applications. First year Honors College students reside in Honors Housing in the Tri-House area and live in a vibrant learning community. There is a separate application to the Honors College.