Bio Living-Learning Community

Fall 2012 was the first year for the Bio Living -Learning Community at ECU. The purpose of the Bio Living-Learning Community (BioLL) is to help our intended Biology and Biochemistry students succeed at ECU, in the major, and in their careers. We are convinced that by changing the institutional culture for the students, they will take full advantage of everything that a large university offers. What the BioLL offers is: 1) living together in a group with a shared academic purpose and some shared courses; 2) having an Resident Advisor that shares their major; 3) some classes and tutoring scheduled on-site; 4) and regular interaction with Biology faculty, in particular the BioLL coordinators Dr. Sutton and Dr. Farwell and Dr. Reyes. Other programs, such as a sailing experience in the fall semester, may also occur.

The BioLL participants will focus on academics first, but by providing a community living, students will also share the adventure aspect of group molding and teamwork. The Biology and Biochemistry intended majors at ECU will find support structures such as focused tutoring and class-sharing into small classes. We are convinced that when academics are the first priority for students, and students live in a supportive environment with a team atmosphere, it is easy for students to understand how to prioritize other important things such as recreation and leisure and friends and family obligations. Freshmen students may not fully understand what they need to do to succeed in college or in a competitive degree program, even when they are good high school students (GPA over 3.0). The BioLL will guide students to what they need to do to succeed, like fully using ECU's existing support structures, such as tutoring, and small study groups.

Incoming freshmen with an interest in living in a community with others who have the same goals—to succeed at ECU and in a career in the life sciences are invited to apply. Applicants will be chosen on the basis of GPA, county of residence, first-generation college status, and interest in community living. All applications are considered confidential and will only be seen by the BioLL directors, Drs. Sutton Farwell, and Reyes. For consideration, applications must be completed by March 15 each year. For an application, go to

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