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A learning community involves taking pre-set classes with some of your student peers, attending activities and events outside of the classroom, and intentionally connecting with resources on and off campus that will help enhance your academic experience at Metropolitan State University.

If you're interested in taking part in a Learning Community, contact one of the coordinators below or email to ask questions or get started.

Who are Learning Communities for?

Learning Communities are for students who…

  • Have earned up to (but not more than) 16 college credits
  • Are newly admitted to Metro State
  • Haven't decided on a major yet, or want to explore career options within a particular field
I loved that I felt very supported in school and that I had a lot of resources to fall back on and to use when I need them.

— Fall 2020 Learning Community participant

Benefits of Learning Communities

  • Guaranteed seats reserved just for you in learning community classes
  • Opportunities to connect with your classmates who have similar interests and career goals
  • Activities and events outside of the classroom to develop your leadership and networking skills
  • Better opportunities to connect with resources that support your success, such as finding a mentor or advisor
  • Support from Student Services
  • Priority registration for your second semester classes
A group of students walks on the Saint Paul Campus
Every interaction I had with the faculty was really comfortable and after I felt relieved with whatever may have been worrying me or stressing me out before the conversation.

— Fall 2020 Learning Community participant

Fall 2021 Learning Communities

To join a Learning Community or to learn more, contact your advisor or the community coordinator.

TEAM: Technology, Exploration, Assessment and Majors

For students exploring computer and technology fields. The courses are:

  • College Algebra
  • Computational Thinking with Programming
  • Your Academic Journey

Shan Sharif — 651-793-1479

Exploring Business Careers

For students exploring programs in the College of Management. The courses are:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations
  • Your Academic Journey

Sally Pinkston — 612-659-7238

TRIO StartRight

Building a community and a sense of belonging for first-generation college students. Courses are:

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Public Speaking
  • Your Academic Journey

TRIO Center — 651-793-1525

Health Studies, Community Connections, and You

For students exploring healthcare fields such as nursing. The courses are:

  • General Psychology
  • Writing I Intensive
  • Your Academic Journey

Sheila Anderson — 651-793-1373

Connect. Explore. Decide.

For students exploring programs in the College of Liberal Arts or who are undecided on a major. The courses are:

  • Introduction to Social Sciences
  • Writing I
  • Your Academic Journey

College of Liberal Arts Advising — 651-793-1457

Human Behavior at Work

For students exploring helping fields such as social work and human services. The courses are:

  • General Psychology
  • Career Planning and Development
  • Writing I Intensive
  • Your Academic Journey

Jennifer Broadrick — 651-793-1613

Something I like as my first semester at Metropolitan State University is the interaction between professor and classmate. Having interaction between students and professor help build connections. It also makes me feel welcome as a part of something.

— Fall 2020 Learning Community participant