As a first-year student, you can choose between two business learning communities to explore your academic interests and passions as soon as you start at Nebraska. In the learning community, you live with others who share your career interests, learn together in shared classes and connect with faculty and staff, upper-class students and business professionals through exclusive activities.
Build your skills and the knowledge needed to become a future business and the community leader.
Explore business major, minor and involvement options through industry visits and programs that support meeting career goals.
The BLC offers programs and events throughout the year
that you are invited and encouraged to attend. The activities
are designed to help you grow academically, professionally,
personally, and socially -- helping you to become well-rounded
students and highly qualified business professionals. Examples
of BLC activities include:
As a member of a Business Learning Community, you take
courses with other learning community participants. You will take
the following courses:
BSAD 111: Investing in Strengths
ENGL 151: Writing: Rhetoric as Argument
MATH 104: Applied Calculus*
*With a qualifying Math Placement Exam score
BSAD 50: Business Computer Applications
ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics
ACCT 201: Introductory Accounting I (if prerequisites are met)
Note: Students who have AP/IB credit or transfer credit for any of
the above courses will not be required to take these course again
with the Business Learning Community. Students can consult
any College of Business Academic Advisor for assistance in
understanding the course requirements and transfer policies.
As a member of one of the Business Learning Communities, you will live in Abel Hall. You will have a roommate who is also part of the Learning Community and will be surrounded by a network of peers who share your passion for business, leadership, and academic excellence.
To apply for a learning community, complete your Housing Contract no later than May 1. However, space is
limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so complete your contract as soon as
“Being a member of the BLC was by far the highlight of my freshman year. I was
able to travel to Chicago and Kansas City. Through events spaced throughout the
year, I was able to make a ton of friends and bond with my mentors.”
“Being a part of the Business Learning Community, I was able to build
friendships and take classes with peers that had similar interest. This made the
transition to college easier.”
“One of my favorite parts of the BLC was the resources it provides. You can
easily get to know your advisors, who are always willing to help you with your
academics and find you opportunities to succeed. Choosing the BLC was the
best decision I made freshman year. I met my closest friends through this
Participation in learning community activities is completely voluntary, but we’re
confident you’ll find plenty to enjoy and that it will be one of the best decisions
of your first year at Nebraska.
Students who participate in a learning community are often more successful. On average, learning community students earn a higher first-semester GPA and are more likely to graduate on time. Also, learning communities are a lot of fun and provide students with experiences they may have not otherwise.
That’s fine! The business learning communities are interest-based and do not require a specific major; they are open to any first-year student interested in learning more about the business field.
Most learning community classes will meet ACE general education requirements, which are accepted in all degree programs.
Yes! At your New Student Enrollment orientation session, you will work with an academic advisor to verify which of the learning community courses are right for you. If there is a course you already have credit in, you will not be expected to retake that course.
Students in a learning community will be billed an additional $95 through University Housing in September. This nominal fee helps fund your community’s activities and subsidize relevant travel expenses.
You may request a roommate if that person has also been accepted to the same learning community. The two business learning communities both live in Abel, but roommates are matched within each community. While you are not required to request a roommate, you can utilize the Roommate Finder tool in your MyRED account beginning in mid-April.
All learning communities are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll be notified about your learning community status 2-3 weeks after you submit your Housing Contact.