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Learning Communities

Iowa State University Learning Communities:
A Success Story

  • Total students in a Fall 2016 LC is 6324 (4637 first year, 1687 others)
  • LC participation has increased 28% (1415 students) in the last 5 years
  • 73% of all first year students are in a learning community
  • Average one year retention rate for LC students: 8% higher than non-LC students
  • Average 6-year graduation rate: 11% higher than non-LC students
  • 78% of first year students of color are in a learning community
  • Over 600 LC peer mentors provide leadership
  • Overall student satisfaction and engagement is higher for LC students
  • LC students report high levels of engagement on the NSSE benchmarks
  • LC program is important for student recruitment
  • Total students participating in LCs since 1995:  68,532