Learning Communities

Engineering Learning Communities

The Engineering Learning Communities provide an exclusive living and learning opportunity for first-year engineering students. In this collaborative environment, students come together with faculty, advisors, and peers to learn, socialize and support one another. By joining an ELC, you will become a more active participant in your own education. You will form close friendships and establish a sense of community with like-minded peers who will provide you with access to support and resources tailored to specific academic pursuits.

Myers Hall
Myers Hall

You will have an opportunity to:

  • live in Myers Hall with other ELC members;
  • have a better opportunity to form effective study groups;
  • participate in weekly tutoring sessions; 
  • interact with College of Engineering faculty members, students, organization leaders and engineering upperclassmen;
  • take an active role in Engineering programs;
  • complete civic engagement projects;
  • take field trips to locations in and around the Philadelphia area.

To Apply

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the College of Engineering will host several learning community options. To be eligible for a space in the ELC, you must be living on campus and complete the housing application, available here.

“It sounds cheesy, but the ELC had a hand in shaping who I am. It provided me with friends I will hold with me for the rest of my life… The ELC will always be representative of a new an exciting period in my life. It will always hold dear memories.”
Recent ELC Resident

FAQ

  • Do I have to live on campus to participate in the ELC?

    Yes, as an ELC student, you must live on campus. Please be sure to fill out your Housing application to be considered. If you do not plan to live on campus, but are still looking for a way to connect to the College of Engineering during your first year, we encourage you to apply to the Engineering Peer Mentor program. Contact Rosie Sullivan for more information rdk54@drexel.edu.

  • I was planning to room with someone who is also attending Drexel this fall. Can we still live together if I'm accepted into the ELC program?

    Yes, if both you and your chosen roommate are engineering majors accepted into the ELC, you can live together. Please be sure both you and your chosen roommate apply to be part of the ELC. If your chosen roommate is not an engineering major, you will have to choose between this living arrangement and the ELC.

  • What if I get accepted into the Honors Program and the ELC. Can I do both?

    Yes, you can be an Honors Program student and still participate in the Engineering Learning Community program, however, the Honors program also hosts a living learning community, which takes place in Millennium Hall, so you will need to choose between these two residential options. Keep in mind that if you choose to live with the ELC, you can still maintain all other benefits and privileges of the Honors program.

  • I heard the ELC takes some classes together. Which ones?

    Formally, ENGR 101, 102 and 103 (first-year Engineering design sequence), UNIV 101 (first-year seminar) and CIVC 101 (Intro to Civic Engagement). Informally, many ELC members are often enrolled in the same sections of other courses, but you’re unlikely to have all of your classes with ELC members.

  • Will I get to know students from other majors?

    Yes, absolutely. As a residential student, you will be living in a residence hall that houses students from all majors and other learning communities. Our learning community students also fully participate in all the University has to offer including student organizations, athletics, fraternity and sorority life, community service and on and off-campus events and programs.

  • Does it cost anything to participate in the ELC program?

    No, there is no additional cost associated with the ELC program. Most activities sponsored by the program are free to ELC participants with few exceptions.