First Year Experience Learning Communities

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NMHU’s First-Year Experience Learning Communities (FYE LCs) create learning experiences based on what research shows about how we learn best and how students become successful in college. Because meaningful learning involves making connections between a variety of topics, our FYE LCs connect multiple courses to guide students in relating different subjects. Students also apply what they learn in the classroom to “real-world” situations through field experiences, case studies, and other “hands-on” activities. The LC faculty work together with a Peer Mentor and adviser to support student success and create an enjoyable college experience. A learning community is about Fun, Friends, Support, and Success!


The typical LC connects three courses together. Two courses are in the core or a major/minor, including any associated labs, and the other course is Integrative Seminar (iSeminar), which provides a community space for problem solving.


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Your LC is determined based on who you are and what you like;

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all the same students are in the three courses with you so you make friends with peers who share your interests;

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the faculty work together to help you make connections; and a peer mentor and adviser are linked to the LC to support you in your success.

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Each LC is part of a “Highlands Hacienda,” a group of 4-5 LCs that share a common brand and goal to win the “First-Year Competitions.” This structure makes it easy to build relationships, enjoy your first year as Highlands Cowboys/Cowgirls, and make connections around campus.

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Highlands Haciendas

Each LC is part of a Hacienda. A Hacienda is a larger social group of LCs that share a common goal to win the First-Year Competitions.  This structure makes it easy to build relationships and enjoy your first year as Highlands Cowboys and Cowgirls! You will be placed in a LC that fits your interests. Read about the LCs by clicking on the Hacienda pages below.

Hacienda PalominoHacienda CremelloHacienda GrullaHacienda Appaloosa

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