All pathway students will be required to reside in Garcia Hall as a part of the OMPP Living Learning Community during the Fall and Spring semesters during their first year on campus. OMPP students who have the opportunity and desire to live with family or a legal guardian during the first year, will not be permitted to do so. The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) is a separate initiative from the OMPP and the exceptions listed for the FYRE do not apply to OMPP students.
What is a Living Learning Community
A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who live together in the residence halls based upon common interests and are a fabulous way to get connected on campus! More than just social opportunities, LLCs have peer advisers and residential mentors working with each group to provide academic support.
There’s no extra cost (over and above the cost of living in Garcia Hall) to live in an LLC, but the benefits are huge. Data has proven that LLCs increase students’ satisfaction at school, in residence hall living, and also increases their interaction with faculty.
Students participating in the OMPP LLC will live in Garcia Hall, a residence hall known for its strong sense of community and steeped in Aggie tradition. Adjustable and loftable beds along with modern, moveable, and storage friendly furniture allow each student to arrange their room to maximize space and usability. Garcia Hall offers plenty of opportunities for students to connect to the campus. It is ideal for students seeking a high-energy, active environment where they can jump in, make friends, and get involved. Each room is designed as a part of a suite where roommates share a bathroom with the residents of the adjoining room. Also located in Garcia Hall, La Vista Learning Center is a 10,000 square foot academic support area featuring two state-of-the-art classrooms, study areas, computer labs and faculty/academic advising spaces. Intentionally built to support students’ academic experiences, this space provides a myriad of activities focused on helping students meet their college goals. (See the Garcia Hall floor plans.)
Students participating in an LLC live in the same area of a residence hall or apartment community and have frequent opportunities to interact with other students, staff, and faculty who share common academic, professional, and/or personal interests. LLC residents also benefit from faculty advisors and specially-trained student staff who work together to provide an experience that bridges the gap between students’ academic and social lives, and increases their chance for success in college.