The Learning and Living program is designed for first-year students who want to live with their seminar classmates in the same residence hall. Living in close proximity to one another allows intellectual discussions and collaborative learning to easily extend beyond the classroom. This arrangement facilitates group assignments and projects, and promotes the growth of a strong community through daily interaction. Strengthening students' intellectual and residential community enhances the undergraduate experience for Learning and Living seminar participants.

From our past students

I enjoyed the meetings [outside of class]. I found myself extremely engaged and excited at many points during the meetings, which undoubtedly enhanced my overall experience of the class and my understanding of the material at hand.

From our past students

I think that having discussion groups [outside of class] encouraged me to always do my readings and got me thinking about the text in ways I would otherwise have not. I also feel more comfortable putting myself out there in a small group of my peers so I am able to better get my thoughts out and learn during these discussions. This has also fostered a sense of trust in class because I feel as if my classmates know me on a more personal level.

From our past students

Being able to discuss philosophy outside of class was really fun.

From our past students

The Learning and Living seminar is the most positive intellectual experience I have had at Wesleyan thus far…I got to know the minds of my classmates before their personalities, tastes, etc. I was so amazed by how insightful my classmates were and was so excited to be able to live with all of them. We had many great discussions outside the classroom.

From our past students

I was able to become good friends with members of my FYI and have topics in class be brought into our lives. It definitely created a stronger community.

From our past students

Some of the best discussions I have had at Wesleyan were with my peers in this class in the hallways.

From our past students

I really liked being able to walk down a hall and knock on a door if I had a question or just to talk about the day’s class.

From our past students

I loved the intensely stimulating conversations our class was able to spontaneously start at any time of the day or night.