- Students in a learning community attend all three classes together each semester;
- This is a residential learning community; students in this program are grouped in the same residence hal
- For more information, visit our FAQs page.
Students must choose a section of UNIV 1301 and one other course from the list:
- BIOL 1308
- ENGL 1301 (two BLC sections available)
- ENGL 2331 (two BLC sections available)
- HIST 1301 (two BLC sections available)
- POLS 2301
- PSYC 1301
- SOCI 2319
- UNIV 1301 (three BLC sections available)
Students must choose two classes from the spring list, which include BIOL 1308, ENGL 1302, HIST 1302, POLS 2301, PSYC 1301, and SOCI 2319.
The Bearkat Learning Community (BLC) is a program designed for incoming freshmen who want to take full advantage of their university experience. In BLC, students live together on the fourth floor of Raven Village and take two classes together each semester. They also participate in six weeks of Study Skills seminars in the fall and have to option of participating in additional extracurricular, social, educational, and community service programs.
Living in BLC
How many students will be accepted into the Bearkat Learning Community?
BLC can accommodate 100 students.
Is BLC open to both men and women?
Yes, Raven Village is coed, as are many residence halls at Sam Houston State University. Rooms are arranged in suites.
At this time, female applicants are no longer being accepted as all females spots in BLC have been filled.
Applying to BLC
What are the requirements for admission to BLC?
In order to participate in the BLC program, students must be accepted to SHSU, have a completed Housing Application and $200 deposit on file, and fill out a separate BLC application.
In addition to the application, students must schedule an interview with the Program Coordinator or attach an essay.
What are the specifics of the essay?
The essay must be a single, typed page and should respond to the following prompt: BLC is an opportunity for students who are committed to personal and academic success in college. Please 1) explain why you want to participate in this program, 2) how you can contribute to the community, and 3) your current strategies for academic success.
How do I apply to BLC?
Applications may be picked up at a Saturdays @ Sam! Session, at New Student Orientation, and at various offices on-campus. You may also download and print the application using this link.