Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Research Shows...

Learning Communities are considered a High-Impact Educational Practice by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, because they increase student engagement, retention, and persistence.
 
Research shows that students who participate in a Loyola Learning Community report significantly higher ratings in:
  • Intent to stay at Loyola
  • Making friends and feeling connected to other students
  • Overall learning in the residence halls
  • Overall satisfaction with their residential experience
  • Access to peer role models and professional mentors
  • Learning-focused conversations
  • Leadership skills
(Sources: EBI Survey 2016-17, Survey of Integrated Living-Learning Programs 2016-17, Residence Life Survey 2017)
 
Additionally, peer-reviewed published research shows that students who participate in a Learning Community:
  • Report higher overall engagement
  • Graduate at higher rates
  • Drink alcohol at lower rates and engage less in high-risk drinking
  • Show higher gains in intellectual and social development
  • Have more social interaction with peers
  • Show increased gains in critical thinking and reading comprehension
  • Have more interaction with faculty
(Selected Sources: Zhao and Kuh (2004), Brower, Golde, and Allen (2003), McCabe et al. (2008), Tinto (1999))