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Business Learning Communities
Business Learning Communities
Business Learning Communities
Business Learning Communities
Business Learning Communities
Business Learning Communities

Learning Communities


Learning Communities immerse you in an environment that supports academic, social, and career development. The College of Business Learning Communities bring students together with others who are studying in the same major or in similar fields of interest to create supportive academic and social networks.  Connections with other students, University staff, and faculty are fostered in the classroom and beyond as students live together and engage in programming designed to connect them to business career possibilities and Kent State.

The learning communities are located in Prentice Hall; the First-Year Experience for Business. All first-year College of Business Administration students are encouraged to select Prentice Hall as their first choice for on-campus housing selection.  When you join a College of Business Learning Community, you will be required to live in Prentice Hall as part of the community experience (exceptions are made for Honors students residing in Stopher or Johnson Halls). Commuter students are welcome to join the learning community as well.

What students have said about the best part of the Learning Communities and living in Prentice Hall:

“Making friends with business majors and studying for classes we had together.”

“If you need help you can knock on your neighbor's door."


You must be an admitted first-year student and be majoring in Business.  To join a learning community complete one of the following actions:

  • Select Prentice Hall and the Business First Year Experience on your housing application. If you have already completed and submitted your housing application and want to make changes, you may login to your application through the housing website prior to July 1.
  • If you are a commuter student and are not completing a housing application for fall, please email Amy Calapa at indicating your interest in joining the learning community.  An application will be emailed for you to complete.
  • APPLY DURING DESTINATION KENT STATE and alert your academic advisor that you would like to participate in learning community.
After July 1 only students who have selected Prentice Hall on their housing application will be eligible to join (with exception to Honors College students living in Stopher or Johnson Halls or commuters).

We have five learning communities available in Prentice Hall:

Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration

Earn your Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A.) in three years or less (dependent on the amount and nature of post-secondary work, advanced placement and College Level Examination Program work completed as a high school student). Not interested in graduating in three years? This community also welcomes advanced students who are committed to achieving high academic success and investing in their professional growth.

Community of Entrepreneurs (ACE)

Connect and get to know other students who share an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. Begin learning about the entrepreneurial mindset regardless of whether or not you want to start your own business.

Accounting Freshman Interest Group (AFIG)

Gain early insight into the accounting major and career possibilities. Students benefit from immediate contact with accounting faculty and co-curricular accounting activities connecting them to professionals in the field.

College of Business Colleagues (CBC)

Inclusive of all business majors. Interact regularly with business faculty, academic advisors, and other business students. Students receive career-focused programming, mentoring opportunities and more.

International Business Community (IBUS)

Broaden your horizon and connect with other KSU students from around the world. Learn about education abroad opportunities available through the College of Business Administration and Kent State.



Learning communities and interest groups provide an outstanding opportunity for you to make a meaningful connection with your major early in your academic experience. Benefits include:

  • Reserved seating for high-demand courses during the first two years of your academic career
  • Eligibility for a $300 learning community book scholarship awarded
  • On-site access to personalized, individual attention from academic advisors in Prentice Hall
  • Tutoring and supplemental instruction held in Prentice Hall
  • Professional development including network-building, career guidance, and mentoring from business professionals, faculty and staff
  • Opportunities to connect and develop relationships with other students who share similar interests

  • Participation in a minimum of 3 learning community programs each semester (fall and spring), one of which must be a professional development program (a variety of social and business focused programs are offered to students in Prentice Hall as well as around campus).
  • Residing in Prentice Hall for the 2014-2015 academic year, unless you are a commuter or honor student residing in Stopher or Johnson Hall. This includes following the rules established by the Department of Residence Services and respecting the community in Prentice Hall whether you are a resident or guest.
  • Meeting with an Academic Advisor at least one time during the fall and spring semesters.


Please contact:
Amy Calapa
Academic Advisor II