Each fall, we offer a UNIV 101 course with priority going to Mountainview students and taught in Mountainview:

Festivals, Fans, and Jam Bands

This course will examine Woodstock and other rock festivals from a variety of perspectives, tracing the legacy of music festival culture through Grateful Dead concerts and up to modern-day jam bands and rock festivals. We will explore the music of bands such as the Dead, Allman Brothers, Cream, Phish, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Umphrey's McGee, and more, considering such issues as each band's approach to studio recordings vs. live recordings, favorite performance venues, and how each band relates to its fans. Students will develop presentations and short papers on the culture and music of the contemporary jam band/festival scene. For a final project, students will help stage a music festival to be held on campus toward the end of the semester.

Mountainview has three learning communities:

Romance Languages Learning Community

Mountainview’s Romance Languages Learning Community (RLLC) provides an academic, cultural, and social residential experience for students with an interest in French, Italian and Spanish as well as the cultures and countries associated with those languages.

RLLC residents participate in a variety of activities designed for and with them, including cooking nights, movie nights, music nights, conversation pairs, holiday celebrations and also weekly conversation tables in Mountainview’s Appalachian dining hall with faculty and students from the Romance Languages Department. RLLC members have the opportunity to interact closely with many faculty in Romance Languages, building ties with them and with each other, while exploring their shared passion for languages and culture. Residents are encouraged to speak French, Italian and/or Spanish on the floor as much as they like and as their abilities allow.

First-year RLLC members have spaces reserved for them in a UNIV 101 course held in Mountainview and designed specifically for them: "Graphic Novels Around the World."

The RLLC warmly welcomes students of all levels of French, Italian and/or Spanish, as well as native or heritage speakers. You don’t have to be fluent in a Romance language and you don’t have to be a language major or minor! You just have to be excited about exploring the French/Italian/Spanish languages and the cultures associated with them.

To apply to join the RLLC, fill out the application form here. For more information, email Mountainview's Collegiate Professor, Dana Stewart, at

Note: Returning students who wish to be considered for a spot in the RLLC need to complete the form above as soon as possible, but no later than Feb. 25.

Engineering Learning Community

The Watson Engineering Learning COMmunity (WELCOM) is an opportunity for those first-year engineering students passionate about working as an engineer in an equitable and just world. This is a community striving to create a world where there is both representation in the designers as well as equity and justice inherent in the products created.

The WELCOM students will be introduced to the principles of inclusion through a one-credit seminar course each semester as well as focused residential programming. Examples of activities include field trips to local points of interest, completion of a DEI focused micro-credential course, focused academic support services, invited speakers and social events to support community building.

This learning community is designed to foster a sense of shared purpose with other students and their teachers. Students will have more opportunities to interact with a range of people. While their roommate will most likely be a part of the Engineering Community, the floor on which they will live will be a combination of students from other majors as well. Residential Life assignments are made for one year.

How to sign up

Applicants to the Engineering Learning Community will be able to request this when going through the housing process. Please be sure you are planning on an engineering major. For additional information contact Koen Gieskes.

Nursing Learning Community (NLC)

The Nursing Learning Community (NLC) is an on-campus residential option for first-year students who have been directly admitted into the Decker College of Nursing and Health Science’s nursing program. Students in this community live in close proximity to one another in Mountainview’s Hunter Hall. A variety of academic and social activities designed specifically for nursing students are offered throughout the year. Members of the NLC often take nursing prerequisite courses together and have the opportunity to form study groups. The Mountainview Residential Life Team and Decker College's Division of Advising and Academic Excellence provide activities, support and guidance designed specifically for first-year nursing students who live in the NLC. Additionally, the NLC study lounge is ideally suited to support the educational needs of first-year nursing students. 

Incoming first-year nursing students are strongly encouraged to live in the NLC, but please note that space is limited. Students wishing to opt out of living in the NLC must contact Decker’s Division of Advising and Academic Excellence at 607-777-4954 or by June 1.

Find out more about Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences.