Learning Community

What is a Learning Community?

All first-year students are part of a Learning Community (typically in tandem with your First-Year Seminar) which provides opportunities to combine experiential learning and community-building through exciting off-campus field trips. Your Learning Community will deepen and extend your classroom knowledge as you explore intellectual questions in real-world situations, and it will also give you the chance to make friends and have fun together as a cohort.

Here’s a sampling of FYS Learning Community activities in recent years:


  • Traveling to Philly, NYC, and Washington DC to visit museums and other cultural sites
  • Attending the Philly film festival
  • Attending Broadway musicals or other theatrical productions
  • Visiting/touring local courthouses
  • Cheering for the home team at a Flyers game
  • Competing in a scavenger hunt
  • Taking archery lessons
  • Braving a Halloween haunted house
  • Visiting a wolf sanctuary
  • Attending Harry Potter Festival, ComiCon, OutFest, etc.
  • Enjoying a group dinner together at a restaurant

On campus:

  • Hanging out to watch movies and eat pizza together
  • Hosting study groups + snacks during midterms and finals
  • Creating ceramic bowls to donate to the Empty Bowl fundraiser
  • Hosting board game/video game tournaments
  • Inviting visiting experts and guest speakers
  • Attending Arcadia theater productions or musical performances
  • Exploring art exhibits at the Arcadia Gallery