Living Learning Communities

Many students choose a Living Learning Community their first and second year. These houses fill up early—some before the March 1 priority date. So get your application in early! (You can apply before you know if you have been admitted to the University of Minnesota.)

College of Science and Engineering-specific communities include:

STEM Diversity House

Designed for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students in the College of Science and Engineering 

Located in Pioneer Hall, the STEM Diversity House offers underrepresented students a community of camaraderie with others who have a shared passion for science and engineering. 

This living learning community celebrates diversity in STEM by hosting special community-centered events exclusively for house residents. The Community Advisor (CA) works with CSE staff to design programming such as sponsored study nights, lab tours, dinners and more. 

Residents of the STEM Diversity House are given priority admission to the Multicultural Engineers and Scientists at Medtronic (MES@M) mentorship program. Through MES@M students are paired with a Medtronic professional to mentor them through topics such as career planning, resume review, networking, and more! 

This is a co-ed community open to CSE students of any year.

Taylor House for Science and Engineering

Open to College of Science and Engineering first-year students interested in any area of science or engineering.

The Taylor House in Frontier Hall facilitates an environment in which students can learn from others who have similar interests in science and engineering.

Students can participate in social activities such as dinners with faculty and professionals. Faculty and staff advisors from the College of Science and Engineering provide on-site academic advising and career guidance. Because of the popularity of this program, applicants must be willing to attend a few activities sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering throughout the year.

The Taylor House is a co-ed community with space for 200 students.

University Honors Housing

Open to all students admitted to the University Honors Program.

Students in the University Honors Program are strongly urged to live in University Honors Housing in Middlebrook Hall, where they can connect with other honors students from across all colleges at the University of Minnesota.

The house offers options to get involved in co-curricular activities, attend talks and visits by esteemed professors and campus visitors, and work on-site with tutors and community assistants who are part of the University Honors Program.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) House, sponsored by Medtronic

Open to female first-year students interested in any area of science or engineering.

Located in Frontier Hall, the WISE House creates a smaller environment in which women interested in science and engineering can learn from others who have similar academic and career interests.

Residents in the WISE House participate in the WISE-Medtronic Mentor Program. Professional engineers at Medtronic volunteer for this one-to-one mentorship program that runs throughout the academic year.

The Community Advisor (CA) provides social activities, organizes study groups, and offers advice as a fellow CSE student.