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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join a living and academic learning community (LALC)?

  • Connect with faculty outside the classroom and have additional opportunities to gain knowledge from an expert in your area of study.
  • Socialize with other students who have similar interests and goals as you.
  • Interact with peer mentors who are successful in the same academic field as you.
  • Learn about additional career opportunities and develop industry skills to be successful in your future.

Will living in the LALC help me academically?

Studies have shown that students residing in living and learning communities have higher academic success rates, GPAs, and have a greater satisfaction with their overall academic experience.

  • Northwest students that participate in the LALC program retain at an 85% rate from freshman to sophomore year.

How much does the LALC cost?

The fall 2018 LALC fee is $35* per student. The fee is used to offset a small portion of the programming and additional opportunities available through the living and academic learning community initiative.

* Pending approval


How do I sign-up for an LALC?

Apply for a Fall 2018 community by completing your housing application in CatPAWS and submitting the $50 prepayment. As you begin the housing application, select the Living and Academic Learning Community application. Please contact the Office of Residential Life for questions related to the housing application. For questions on the LALC initiative, please contact the Student Success Center at 660.562.1726.

All living and academic learning communities will reside in Tower Suites West and South Complex. Additional information regarding floor assignments will be available soon. Please note that your roommate must also be a member of the same LALC.


If I apply, does that mean I am automatically put in the LALC?

There are many students interested in the living and academic learning communities, and therefore the space is limited. Your LALC status will be communicated via email within two weeks of your application submission.


Can I request a roommate?

Yes, you can request a roommate only if they selected to live in the same living and academic learning community.


What happens if I change my major?

If you change your major to something outside the participating schools and departments before classes begin, your housing will need re-assigned and your class schedule may need revised. Should you change your major after the start of classes in the fall, your housing will be reviewed and may need to be re-assigned.


I have questions on the LALC program. Who should I contact?

If your questions are directly related to your major or coursework, please contact the academic coordinator for your community. If you have general questions about the LALC program, please contact the Academic Success & Retention unit at 660.562.1726.