No. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Academic Communities are not tied to a particular residence hall. First-year students enrolled in an Academic Community attend the designated classes together and participate in Academic Community activities, but do not live together. If you choose to do so, you can enroll in an Academic Community and participate in a Living Academic Community through the Office of Residence Life.
No. participation in an Academic Community is voluntary and valuable!
No. Some classes will be large lectures. Academic Community members attend the lectures as part of the larger group.
Do I have to take all the courses that are listed in a particular Academic Community to participate?
Yes. When you enroll in an Academic Community, you automatically enroll in all of the courses in that community.
Yes. You will be able to register for other classes that do not conflict with your Academic Community classes.
What if I expect Advanced Placement credits for one of the courses that is part of my Academic Community?
If you expect advanced placement credits, you have two options in choosing to apply for a community:
- You can elect to participate in an Academic Community that does not contain courses for which you may receive credit.
- You can choose not to take the advanced placement credits for a course that is part of the Academic Community and participate in the community.
You can find information about the courses offered in each community here.
While we do everything we can to accommodate student requests to participate in Academic Communities, Academic Communities fill up quickly so we cannot guarantee a seat.
No. Academic Communities are for the fall term only.
Can I participate in the Honors College and still enroll in a Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Academic Community?
Yes. Students who are part of the University Honors College certainly can apply to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Academic Communities. Courses in Academic Communities are challenging and are taught by first-rate faculty and provide an opportunity to meet other students with similar interests.
I am a first-year student enrolled in another school at the University of Pittsburgh, may I participate in the Academic Communities?
No. Academic Communities are only for students enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.