Learning Communities for First Year Students

You get one "First Year," you're only a first-year student once so make the most of it! First-Year Learning Communities are designed to help you earn a higher GPA and meet your lifelong friends in your first year.

In addition to getting to know students who share your academic interests, you'll be enrolled in shared courses, have access to knowledgeable upperclass student mentor (your Learning Community Coordinator), and engage with faculty outside the classroom.

Available learning communities

Aviation Learning Community

Aviation Learning Community

Do you have a passion for flying? Join the Mavericks in Flight: Aviation Learning Community to assist with the difficult courses that are part of the Aviation major.

Be You A Black Male Learning Community

Be You A Black Male Learning Community

BE YOU is the perfect learning community for those who want to understand the resources available for a positive black male experience at a predominately white institution.

Business Learning Community

Business Learning Community

If you’re interested in working in the business field but haven’t narrowed to a specific profession or want to learn about multiple options, this learning community is for you.

Criminal Justice Learning Community

Criminal Justice Learning Community

Connect socially and academically with other students that share interest in Criminal Justice.

Dental Hygiene Learning Community

Dental Hygiene Learning Community

In this Learning Community, students will develop positive peer relationships, participate in activities which promote partnership with the community, successfully complete Dental Hygiene prerequisite courses and develop relationships with faculty within the Dental Hygiene department.

Elementary Education Learning Community

Elementary Education Learning Community

Become a future teacher! In this learning community, future elementary teachers develop an understanding of teaching and professionalism through learning experiences. You will experience targeted academic advising, develop a sense of community and commitment, and begin to understand the profession.

Engineering Learning Community

Engineering Learning Community

The Engineering Learning Communities are perfect for those who want an introduction to engineering fields offered at Minnesota State University, Mankato. You will have the opportunity to interact with faculty from the different engineering programs.

Esports and Gaming

Esports and Gaming

If you’re interested in esports, competitive gaming play, understanding when to work and when to play, and Game Design or Development, the E-Sports and Gaming Learning Community is for you!

Exploring Health Careers Learning Community

Exploring Health Careers Learning Community

If you’re interested in working in the healthcare field but haven’t quite narrowed it down to a specific profession or want to learn about multiple options, the Exploring Health Careers Learning Community is for you!

Exploring Helping Careers Learning Community

Exploring Helping Careers Learning Community

If you are not sure of your major, but are interested in helping others, this learning community is a great fit for you! In this community, you will be able to create meaningful bonds with other people that are interested in the same areas as you.

Exploring Teaching Careers Learning Community

Exploring Teaching Careers Learning Community

Do you have a passion for education? In this learning community, future secondary education and special education teachers develop an understanding of teaching and professionalism. You will develop a sense of community and commitment, and begin to understand the profession of teaching.

Maverick Firsts: A First Generation Student Learning Community

Maverick Firsts: A First Generation Student Learning Community

This Learning Community provides an inclusive learning environment for students who identify as first-generation college students. You will be prepared for the world of college and receive assistance with personal success strategies.

Global Mavericks Learning Community

Global Mavericks Learning Community

The Global Mavericks Learning Community provides an inclusive environment for students who are interested in Global and Intercultural competency, cultural and social exchange.

Honors Learning Community

Honors Learning Community

The Honors program focuses on developing competencies in leadership, research and global citizenship. While participating in this learning community, students who meet the Honors Program requirements will be challenged through their coursework and out of class experiences.

Multicultural Learning Community

Multicultural Learning Community

Become socially integrated via learning experiences, learn about financial competence to continue your education and awareness for success and understand undergraduate student research.

Nursing Learning Community

Nursing Learning Community

If you are planning to pursue a degree in nursing, consider joining one of the nursing learning communities! The nursing learning communities will help you to develop a solid foundation in the prerequisite and foundational courses in this challenging and competitive major.

Pre-Professional Sciences Learning Community

Pre-Professional Sciences Learning Community

If you are entering college planning to continue advanced education by attending medical school, veterinary school, physical therapy school, or other professional programs, your path could be complex and challenging. The Pre-Professional Sciences learning community is here to help!

RISEbio Scholars Learning Community

RISEbio Scholars Learning Community

Incoming freshman that are selected to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarship will be part of the Research Immersive Scholastic Experience in Biology (RISEbio) program.

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Built in study groups, a space to navigate the unique challenges facing women in STEM fields, and the opportunities to connect with intern hosts and local employers are things you will gain in this community.