University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Business Living Learning Community

Community. Connection. Support. Business Living Learning Community. It's for freshmen business students. Check it out.

What is the Business Living Learning Community (BLLC)?

Centered on the principles of community, connection and support, the Business Living Learning Community is a group of first-year business majors who participate in monthly academic, social and local community volunteer activities to build their connection to Walton, the University of Arkansas and each other.  To further strengthen their connection, participants also live together in Founders Hall, just steps away from the Business Building and minutes from central campus.

What Courses will we take together? Where will we be living? What about my preferred roommate? What is the Cost? Who may participate in BLLC? What is the time commitment? How do I sign up?

 

The BLLC community provides a close working relationship among Walton students, faculty and academic advisors through one to two structured academic and social events per month.  Events are planned by the BLLC coordinator in conjunction with hall resident assistants and other campus staff.    Because students in the BLLC are enrolled as a cohort group in pre-business courses, they are likely to get together often for studying, reviewing, and discussing course work in the residence hall.  They also participate in special academic review sessions for midterms and finals hosted by their instructors in addition to attending academic advising sessions with the BLLC coordinator.

Of course not everything happens in the classroom!  In addition to studying, there is always something to do with the BLLC.  In the fall, the Walton Honors Programs freshmen face off against the BLLC in an annual flag football match-up.  In the spring you can find the BLLC members taking a walk down Dickson Street for frozen yogurt or matching up in a putt-putt golf tournament.  They might also attend special workshops presented by guest speakers, the Walton College Career Development Center and more.  From structured activities to having a group already assembled to attend campus events, the BLLC provides a ready-made support network for our newest Walton family members.

 

What courses will we take together?

Along with the computer competency requirement (WCOB 1120 or ISYS 1123), BLLC students will be enrolled in the following courses together:

  • WCOB 1111 Freshmen Business Connections
  • BLAW 2013 Legal Environment of Business
  • COMM 1313 Public Speaking

Where will we be living?

All BLLC participants will be located in double rooms in Founders Hall.

Please note that all participants must live on the floor on which the BLLC is located.  You cannot participate in the BLLC and live on another floor or in another residence hall. 

What about my preferred roommate?

All Business Living Learning Community participants are required to live in a double room with another freshman BLLC student.  Non-BLLC roommates are not accepted.  Upon acceptance into the BLLC, students will be provided with a resource connection link to assist them in selecting another BLLC student as a roommate. 

Students who have already selected a roommate may choose to live together if both students are first-year business students and if both are accepted into the BLLC.

What is the cost of the BLLC?

There is no additional cost to participate in the BLLC above the housing and dining rates assigned to Founders Hall.View a comparison of all housing and dining rates on the University Housing website.

Who may participate in the BLLC?

Participation in the BLLC is open to any freshman business student who is not planning to participate in the Walton Honors Program in his or her first year. Students who plan to join the Walton Honors Program as freshmen will find that a similar experience of academic and social programming has been created for them, making it difficult to fulfill the requirements for both programs.

What is the time commitment for the BLLC?

Formal involvement in the Business Living Learning Community extends throughout the fall and spring semesters of a BLLC student's first-year; however, BLLC participants often continue their friendships well into sophomore year and beyond.  Some BLLC students may be selected their second-year as BLLC mentors for future first-year BLLC students.

OK, I want in. How do I sign up?

Applications for the Business Living Learning Community are completed in Phase II of your housing contract. View the instructions on how to complete each Phase of your housing contract. For answers to additional questions about this process, please contact University Housing at 479-575-3951 or housing@uark.edu.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be emailed at your University of Arkansas email address to confirm whether or not you are accepted into the Business Living Learning Community.

Contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at connect@walton.uark.edu or visit the Living Learning Communities page on the University Housing website.