First-Year Learning Communities

Students on ropes course
Students doing yoga on the beach
students doing research project in swimming pool

First-Year Learning Communities at UNCW

UNCW offers many curricular and co-curricular opportunities for all students to enrich their college experience. To help with the transition to college, many students decide to participate in one of our many First-Year Learning Communities.

The Fall 2018 Learning Community Application opens January 1, and closes May 1.

These communities will fill up quickly, so please submit your application as soon as possible. For additional information or if you have any questions about these communities, please email

UNCW's First Year Learning Communities
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Adventure LLC

Adventure Recreation

Student teacher with school children


Cornerstone LLC students at Fort Fisher


students and faculty on farm

Leadership and Service (LEAD)

Students from Hollywood East Learning Community filming a scene

Hollywood East

STEM group outdoors

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

nursing student works in simulation lab


students working in science lab

PULSE Pre-Health

 Honors studentsHonors

Exercise Science
Exercise Science