Living Learning Communities

Living and Learning Communities

Western prides itself on providing a supportive environment within the halls that encourages academic success and collaborative learning experiences. WIU students have the opportunity to live in supportive communities where they can learn and connect with other students who share the same interests.


Learn outside the classroom with opportunities to attend Art openings, films, theatre performances & other visual arts events (painting, sculpture, drawing, etc.) both on and off campus. Take advantage of access to studio space with easels and drafting/work tables. Residents show their Western pride with large participation in homecoming, marching band, and other campus activities. Residents support each other by attending attending plays, concerts, or participating in Open Mic Nights.

First-Year Students: Bayliss Hall
Upper-Division Students: Corbin Hall

For more information, contact Charles Wright at CA-Wright@wiu.edu

Are you majoring in Broadcasting? This community gives Broadcasting students the opportunity to study together, work collaboratively on projects, and learn from one another. Participate in field trips designed just for you and take advantage of the digitizing equipment available in the commons area to help you complete class assignments. This community helps you achieve your goals as a student and prepare for a career in Broadcasting.

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First-Year Students: Tanner Hall

Upper-Division Students: Corbin Hall

For more information, contact: William Hoon at WG-Hoon@wiu.edu

Make friends, share experiences, and pursue your academics interests and responsibilities. Live with others who support and encourage you, but also challenge you to do your best academically. While academics is the main focus of the floor environment, residents hang out together on a frequent basis and are eager to attend programs and get involved. An annual ice cream social at the beginning of the year offers students the opportunity to socialize and get to know faculty in the honors college as well as residence hall staff.

First-Year Students: Tanner Hall

Upper-Division Students: Thompson Hall

For more information, contact: Dr. Richard Hardy at honors@wiu.edu

Explore your passions, identify your interests and figure out which career and major path is right for you. Choosing a major and career path is a big step and this community gives students the opportunity to be challenged together through various programs to help them discover which pathway is right for them.

First-Year Students: Henninger Hall

For more information, contact: Dr. Mishelle Oaks at MD-Oaks@wiu.edu

The Transfer Year Experience Program is designed to assist transfer students in their transition to Western Illinois University. The program focuses on helping transfer students adjust to living on campus by facilitating social activities, aiding in the development of strong academic and professional habits, and addressing issues specific to transfer students. Students that live in the community are more likely to develop social ties and connections to their peers and the University because they are surrounded by fellow transfer students on their floor. Anyone planning to transfer from a community college or another college or university should consider the TYE learning community to get on the fast track to success.

All TYE Students: Thompson Hall

For more information, contact: Dr. Mishelle Oaks at MD-Oaks@wiu.edu

Interested in a Living-Learning Community? 

If you have not applied for housing:

Complete the online housing application and select Living-Learning Community preference on the application.

If you have already applied for housing:

Log-on to STARS, select "UHDS Housing Information Menu" from the drop-down and click on the "Lifestyle Preference Form Update" button. You will be able to select a variety of options to update, including your Living-Learning Community preference.

If you have questions about your eligibility or any other questions about the Living-Learning Community you are interested in, use the contact information provided.

Interested in partnering with UHDS to help our students succeed?  

Contact Mishelle Oaks, Director of Residence Life at