University of Southern Indiana
Theme Living Communities

Find your home!

You’re curious. You’re eager to start college. You want to live in a community with students who share your interests. And maybe you even want a little TLC.

There’s a place for that! 

Check out USI's Theme Living Communities (TLCs, formerly known as Living Learning Communities) for first year students. 

In a TLC, you'll live with other students who share your interests and dreams. And at USI, we create TLCs to match what YOU are excited about. When you apply for Housing, you'll tell us what themes you're most interested in. By March 1st, we'll unveil the TLCs for the 2022-2023 year! 

We have three TLCs which are definite for next year: 

Honors TLC - open to students in the Honors Program

Nursing & Health Professions TLC - open to students with majors in the College of Nursing and Health Professions

STEM+ TLC - open to students with STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and math, including kinesiology and sport) 

The other TLCs are up to YOU! When you fill out the TLC application, you can rank your top 5 TLC choices from the following list:

Major Based TLCs:

Arts & Humanities
Exploring Majors
Romain College of Business
Social Sciences

Interest Based TLCs:

Esports & Gaming
Outdoor Adventures
Service & Leadership 
Sports & Fitness

Community Based TLCs:

Screagles Pride (LGBTQA*)
and finally - Everything Bagel - No specific theme! Just students who want a close community!

If you fill out the TLC application, you'll receive an email by March 1st introducing the chosen TLCs for 2022-2023. At that time, you'll be able to select your TLC or opt into general housing. 

What's the benefit of living in a TLC? 

  • Students in USI's Living Communities tend to have higher GPAs and report greater satisfaction with their first year of university! 

  • TLCs tend to be closer communities where students share majors or hobbies. You may find it easier to make friends or find study buddies in a TLC. Who knows...maybe you'll find your BFF or your future business partner!

  • You'll take UNIV 101 First Year Experience with your TLC-mates, so you're guaranteed to have at least one class full of familiar people. Each TLC will have a faculty Mentor to teach your UNIV 101 class. 

  • Students in the NHP TLC will also take Anatomy & Physiology I and II together (BIOL 121/122). Most majors in the College of Nursing and Health Professions require these classes--and you'll benefit from studying together!

  • Your Mentor will also arrange special events and activities for your TLC. Maybe you'll go see a movie, have a special dinner, or a video game tournament. You could meet local business people, volunteer to tutor kids, or work with a local non-profit. Paint a sidewalk mural, go kayaking--the sky's the limit! 

  • TLC students also move in a day earlier in August and have special activities during Welcome Week. 

How do I apply? 

  1. Apply for Housing, housing applications are available on December 1 on myUSI.
  2. Click on the red housing icon on the left and follow the instructions.
  3. After you've completed the main housing application, you will see a link to a special TLC application. You must complete the TLC application IN ADDITION to the main housing application. On the TLC application, you can rank the TLC options.
  4. That's it! :) You'll hear back from us by March 1st with a final list of TLC options for the academic year and you can make your choice then! 

For general TLC questions, please .

If you need more assistance, you can also contact , Director of Theme Living Communities.

Contact Sarah Stevens


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