First-Year Learning Communities

Adventure, Recreation and Leadership Learning Community


Adventure The Adventure Recreation Learning Community is aimed to promote a positive, productive and healthy transition to UNCW. Through the reading of both fiction and non-fiction texts and related group excursions, students will connect mind, body and nature through literature, wellness, and adventure. Embark on new experiences while establishing close relationships with faculty and students through kayaking, paddle-boarding, hiking, camping and climbing.

Adventure Rec Members will live in Schwartz Hall if their application is received by May 15th, 2020

"This class has taught me how to get around campus, how to organize my life, to be adventurous, to get out of my comfort zone and explore the world."

A cohort of around twenty first-semester students will reside in Schwartz Hall and will progress as a collective group through Themes in Literature (ENG 290), Physical Activity and Wellness (PED 101), and First-Year Seminar (UNI 101). The instructors of this learning community believe that through the theory and practice of adventure, students can connect the mind and body with the educational experience, further an appreciation and personal connection to the natural world, and become active members of the community. There is a programming requirement included in the PED 101 course and meets Fridays for special meetings and/or adventure programming. (Sample Adventure Rec PED Schedule).

Why Apply?

  • Organized excursions supervised through Seahawk Adventures
  • Opportunity to establish close connections with faculty and students through small class size (20 students) and out-of-class experiences
  • Opportunity to seek new adventures and learn or increase knowledge and skill in various activities
  • Completion of three University Studies requirements (8 credits) that can be applied to any UNCW major
  • Application of classroom learning to outdoor adventure

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