Mountainview College has four learning communities (LC):
- EC – Engineering Community
- NLC – Nursing Community
- SALC – Social Activism Learning Community
- STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Learning Community
Click on the links above for specific information on each community.
The Engineering Community
The Engineering Community (EC) at Mountainview College provides an excellent opportunity for incoming freshmen, who have had some experience with engineering while in high school, to meet other engineering students with similar backgrounds. Students, who have participated in Project Lead the Way, New Visions Engineering, or any one of many summer programs for prospective engineering students are invited to apply for the EC.
The Engineering Community at a Glance
Students who are part of the Engineering Community have access to many benefits:
- Be in the same small course sections (WTSN 103 and WTSN 111) with people in your residence hall
- Participate in residence hall study sessions
- Go on field trips conducted by a Watson faculty member
- Get to know faculty in the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science in small group settings
- Take advantage of residence hall programs focusing on engineering
Frequently Asked Questions by Parents
Will my student be isolated from other students?
The Engineering Community is designed to foster a sense of community and a 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 EC, the floor on which they will live will be a combination of students from other majors as well.
Will they earn extra credit by living in the Engineering Community?
No, but the opportunity to attend small classes and receive personal attention is a great benefit. The EC classes will fulfill General Education requirements. There are also opportunities to work on innovative and unique projects designed especially for EC students.
Is it a full-year obligation?
Residential Life assignments are made for one year; however, participation in the Engineering Community lasts only in the fall semester of the freshman year.
Once registered, is it possible to change the schedule?
EC participants cannot change their WTSN 111 or their WTSN 103 sections. Any general education elective changes must be built around the EC WTSN registrations.
How Can I Join?
The only way to get onto to the list is through the Student Housing Sign-up System.
In order to get into the Housing Sign-up System, a new student must:
- Have been accepted for enrollment into the Watson School
- Have paid your housing deposit
- Have activated your Binghamton email account
Once you have entered the sign-up system, you must select the general learning community page and on that page, select the Engineering Community! From this effort, the Housing System will generate a list of students interested in the EC by date and time in which they signed up. This list is then used to select students for the EC and a confirmation email is sent to the selected students at their Binghamton University email address. Preference is given to students who sign up early and the extent of their high school engineering experience.
Please be sure you are planning on an engineering major when you select the EC.
The Nursing Learning Community is an on-campus residential option for both incoming freshmen who have been directly admitted into the nursing program, and for returning nursing students who previously resided there. Students living in this community are placed strategically in close proximity to one another. A variety of academic and social activities designed specifically for nursing students are offered throughout the year and academic support is provided by an upper-level resident assistant who is also majoring in nursing. Additionally, the NLC has a study lounge in Hunter Hall that is ideally suited to support the educational needs of nursing students at all levels.
If you would like more information about the Decker School of Nursing (DSON), click here.