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CLA Learning Communities

By enrolling in a learning community, incoming freshmen have a great way to make friends and enjoy a smooth transition to CSULB. Research results here and at programs across the United States show that students who participate in a learning community earn better grades, make friends more easily, and graduate from college at higher or faster rates than students who do not join collaborative learning environments.


What Can Learning Communities Offer You?

Study Groups – create a network with your classmates to better understand course material and achieve success

Social Opportunities – attend events, plays, or presentations on campus, just hang out, and make new friends!

Community Service Learning Projects – get involved with and help the campus and local community

Academic Advising and Career Exploration – participate in a freshman seminar or advising workshop, take part in field trips, and learn from guest speakers

Connections with University/Campus Life – find out where to go and who to know to make your college experience more fulfilling. Gain a sense of how the University works and how to make it work for you!


How Do I Join?

When you come to SOAR (we recommend picking an early date as communities fill fast!) during the summer, you will receive your academic advising in the College of Liberal Arts room. The learning community options open at that time will be offered to you (no cost but lots of benefits). Participation is voluntary. We have more than twenty years of proven success with these amazing academic communities. So don’t miss the chance to make your college time the best possible!

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