The Wellness Learning Community, located in our high rise complex, fosters an environment in which students and staff are focused on the Seven Dimensions of Wellness (Physical, Emotional, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, and Environmental) while providing opportunities for mutual support and education. Students living in the community strive for a balanced and healthy lifestyle and support one another in making healthy choices. Students in this community are committed to academic success by focusing on academics and choose to remain substance-free (alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco) on and off campus.
One of the first experiences for the community is to attend an overnight retreat the Friday-Saturday following the first day of classes. During this time, students get to know one another and create shared goals for the community.
The Wellness Learning Community connects closely with Student Health Services and the Wellness Center to provide information and resources. As part of this connection, the Health Herd Champions, a student wellness peer education program, connects regularly with students in the community.
“Students who choose the wellness community are often the students that want to place academics first yet also want to make friends and have a memorable residence life experience.” Sherri Stastny, Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences faculty, NDSU
"Living in the Wellness Community my freshman year at NDSU has helped me succeed by eliminating distractions of drugs and alcohol, along with giving me so many great people to hang out with and won't create any peer pressure." Drew, Agronomy - Crop and Weed Sciences, NDSU
- Living in a healthy, supportive environment
- Interaction with peers that have similar interests
- Be more connected to the campus community
- Hold one another accountable for healthy behavior
- Be part of a Wellness Retreat (August 24-25, 2018)
Students wishing to be part of this community should select the Wellness Community option on their online residence hall application. If space is still available, students who indicated interest in the Wellness Community will be sent an invitation to participate. If you are interested in participating, you will need to complete the Wellness Community Agreement. The Wellness Community Agreement is a short document completed by the student outlining the expectations they have as a resident in this community. This is an agreement upheld by all members of the Wellness Community.
Please note that learning communities offer a limited number of spaces, so if you are invited and you would like to participate, please do not delay in returning your agreement.
Because Learning Community members live together in specific halls, if you are accepted and space allows, you will be notified and assigned a hall and room by Residence Life. If you do not get accepted, or you are not interested in the Learning Community, you will participate in the general student room self-selection process in March.