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About Learning Communities

Howdy Week! (Aug 20-27, 2017)

Learning communities are one of the AAC&U identified 'high impact practices" that contribute to long-term student learning and growth as well as higher student retention and graduation rates. Learning communities help students place course material into a broader context, give them a social network and support, expose them to new experiences, and develop their critical thinking skills. Learning communities usually feature small group interaction, common intellectual experiences, and mentorship from peers and faculty.
ASPIRE (Aggie Scholars Promoting Incentive, Resources, and Encouragement) is a success program for incoming freshmen to Texas A&M University. The success program operates on a mentor platform consisting of upper-class scholarship recipients who volunteer time to assist scholarship freshmen “learn the ropes” of college life. Each freshman will be assigned to an individual mentor and a small community including other freshmen and mentors.

Learn more about the selection process and scholarships for ASPIRE.

Century Scholars
The Century Scholars Program (CSP) is a partnership between Texas A&M University and over 100 high schools throughout the state of Texas. Established during the 1999-2000 academic year, the Century Scholars Program is an academic scholarship and retention program seeking to increase the number of enrolled and retained students from under-represented Texas high schools. The program serves as a four-year learning community in which students are developed holistically and prepared for the rigors of the academic and professional arenas.

Learn more about the selection process and scholarships for Century Scholars.

Foundations of Continued Undergraduate Success (FOCUS) offers a learning community experience to first-year students who are Regents’ Scholarship recipients in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Biology in the College of Science, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. Programmatic components include co-enrollment in a small core curriculum course, weekly In FOCUS sessions, monthly FOCUS community development initiatives, and an undergraduate mentor to assist in the transition of 1st generation students to university life.

Learn more about the selection process and scholarships for FOCUS.

Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) Aggies
The Greater Texas Foundation Aggie Scholars Program is designed to assist graduates of early college high schools in attaining their degree from Texas A&M University. The Aggie Scholars Program is funded by the Greater Texas Foundation, a statewide education grant maker, based in Bryan, Texas.

Learn more about the selection process and scholarships for GTF Scholars.

Honors Housing Community
The Honors Housing Community is a living-learning community designed to challenge Honors Students with weekly activities, provide opportunities to meet students in other majors, and foster critical thinking about oneself and educational decisions.

Learn more about the Honors Housing Community.

Founded in 1989, the Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

Learn more about the selection process and scholarships for Posse.