Remember, the journey is often more important than the destination - make the most of it! 

As a way of giving every incoming freshman a good start, we've developed a learning community program (LC). Learning Communities help facilitate your transition from high school while helping you personalize your college experience. 

Every freshman student enrolls in a LC of 15 to 30 students and as a member of that learning community, you take between two and four courses together. Each LC is a set of  courses based on an area of academic interest or a theme that sets you on the path toward graduation in 4 years. When we choose the courses for the LCs, we reserve the best times and days and choose courses from the Liberal Learning Core Curriculum. Some LCs have a designation as "In Harbor" and that means the freshmen in that LC live in close proximity to each other. Students who will not live in a campus residence hall choose a LC that does not have the "In Harbor" designation.

If you have questions about LCs at CNU, please don't hesitate to contact us at lc@cnu.edu or (757) 594-8848.

  • Increases comfort with classmates, allowing students to take intellectual risks and participate more fully in their classes
  • Provides a smoother transition to the college experience by giving students an easily identifiable peer group
  • Increases student interaction with faculty and out-of-class experiences
  • Increases student participation and ownership in the classroom
  • Integrates knowledge more effectively through linked courses that have a common topic or address a "Big Question"
  • Increases retention rates for first-year students through connections to campus activities
  • Guarantees two to three courses necessary for student progress toward degree completion
  • Provides tools to balance students' academic and social lives

If you have questions about LCs at CNU, please don't hesitate to contact us at lc@cnu.edu or (757) 594-8848.

  • Attend LC-related functions
  • Touch base with the instructors for the courses in your LC at least twice a semester
  • Keep academics - studying and homework - first, but get involved, and stay involved, in an on-campus activity
  • Work with your LC members as much as possible; you are all sailing the same ship!
  • Ask questions!
  • Most importantly, be yourself, but have an open mind and challenge yourself and your LC mates to set consistently higher academic goals.

If you have questions about LCs at CNU, please don't hesitate to contact us at lc@cnu.edu or (757) 594-8848.