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Learning Communities

Fall 2014

At Old Dominion, first-year students can engage in research by joining an undergraduate research learning community. As part of the undergraduate research community, students will develop a portfolio of their work and accomplishments that they can carry througout their careers, get involved in student organizations and research-oriented co-curricular activities, share their work at local and regional conferences, and meet with an undergraduate research peer advisor.

Join an Undergraduate Research Learning Community (URLC)

Learn to translate your academic strengths...

  • Learn how knowledge is created and discovered
  • Learn how research helps to solve problems in our local, state, national, and global communities
  • Learn how your passion for a subject can lead to a research-oriented career

...into professional strengths.

  • Become a part of the intellectual life of the University: get to know professors, graduate students, and undergraduates who share your interests and strengths
  • Acquire and sharpen skills employers most want - skills in oral and written communication, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Clarify your career goals
  • Increase your chances of getting into graduate/medical school

Advanced Chemistry & Research Apprenticeship

ALL MAJORS; Requires MATH SAT ≥ 650

Biology that Matters


Health Professions


Writing for College Success in Engineering


Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities provide a unique experience and can help students make a successful transition to college and improve student learning and development.

What is a Learning Community?

At Old Dominion, learning communities are groups of students who connect what they're learning with what they want to do: their majors, career choices, or their hopes for a better world.

Learning Community students take one or more courses together and may live in the same residence hall.

You Will Learn

  • how to apply knowledge and skills in new settings.
  • how to succeed in a college environment.
  • how to develop skills prized by employers.

What types of activities do Learning Communities do?

  • Study groups: informal or formal gatherings with your classmates
  • Career exploration: field trips, guest speakers, etc.
  • Hands-on experience and service-learning: applying classroom learning to real-world situations
  • Social activities: attend events (have dinners with each other and professors, hang out with each other)
  • Community service projects: get involved and help the community
  • Contact with students who have similar academic goals
  • Common courses
  • Common place of residence (Living Learning Communities)
  • Career exploration
  • Introduction to university resources
  • Peer mentoring and/or tutoring
  • Faculty mentoring