Themed Communities

(formerly Living Learning Communities)

Elizabethtown College offers several themed communities in our traditional residence halls. Students who live in these communities not only benefit from the learning that takes place in a traditional residence hall, but have the added benefit of being able to connect with others in their program of study, with shared interests, or shared lifestyles.

Themed housing is primarily for first-year students, but students in any cohort can live in most of the communities. Housing in the Honors, Business, and PIE (engineering) themed communities is limited to students who are part of those academic programs.

How do I live in a themed community?

Incoming first year students are able to choose which community they would like to be a part of when they complete their Housing Preference survey.  These surveys are completed through JayWeb in the spring semester prior to starting school.  The Office of Admissions will notify you when these forms are available. 

Current students can request to live in a themed community during housing selection in the spring semester. Notifications will be sent to all current students via email from the Office of Residence Life regarding Housing selection. 

2018-2019 Themed Communities

Honors: Being a part of the Honors program is extended beyond the classroom to the residence hall through the Honors Community.  Honors faculty are frequently in the residence hall to answer questions, provide additional support, and to plan engaging programming for the  residents.   All first year Honors students live in this community, as well as many upperclassmen. The Honors community is housed in Schlosser Hall.

Business:  The Business community houses most of the first year students who intend to pursue a major in the Business Department.  Tutoring is offered in the residence hall for first year business courses. This community is located in Founders Hall. 

PIE Slices:  Students who intend to major in Engineering or Physics are invited to live in a “slice”, or group of 8-16 students within a larger residential community.  Each slice has a peer tutor who meets with the students regularly to assist them with their engineering and physics coursework. PIE Slices are primarily for first year students, but some second year students are able to live here as well.  PIE Slices are in Schlosser and Myer Halls.

Stonewall Hall: This gender-inclusive housing is open to any student who is a member or Ally of the LGBTQ+ community. This housing provides a safe space to dialogue about issues, questions, and current topics. Stonewall Hall is housed in Founders Hall.

SDLCs 1.0: Second Year students are invited to embrace our “Educate for Service” motto and live in a Brinser Suite (ILU) with 3 friends who are also committed to serving the community.  Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to work with 4 local agencies to get a better understanding of community needs and how they can be met.  Participants will complete a minimum of 30 hours of service throughout the academic year (about 1 hour per week). Read the SDLC 1.0 Handbook here.

Substance-Free Housing: Students who live here must commit to abstaining from alcohol while on the floor. Depending on the interest of the residents, additional programming may be offered that focuses on healthy living and alternative social activities. This community primarily houses upper division students, though it is open to first-year students when spaces are available.


How do I join a themed community?
It’s easy! If you are an upperclassman, you will receive the chance to join the multi-cohort communities each spring. Themed Housing Request forms for upperclassmen are available on the Housing Selection page.

If you are an incoming first-year student, you can select a themed community when you complete your Housing Profile Survey.  Students who have been accepted into the Honors program will be automatically placed in the Honors Community, but should still select this option when completing their Survey. 

Can I select a roommate who is not part of the community?
In all themed communities, both roommates must select that community, select each other as roommates. Additionally, Business, PIE, and Honors are limited to students who are enrolled in certain courses and so your roommate must be enrolled in those courses as well. If there is enough space once all students who have selected to live in a community have been housed, we will then allow students who are not enrolled in a specific course to live there a well.  These communities fill up quickly, however, so it is best if you and your roommate both select and are eligible for the same housing!

If you have any questions about housing please contact