Mountainview College has four learning communities (LC):
- EC – Engineering Community
- NLC – Nursing Community
- NEW STEAM Community – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) + Art
- NEW SALC Community – Social Activism
Click on the links above for specific information on each 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. Students who participate in the EC adjust better to academic life and make a deeper connection with the campus community. Students will come to the university a few days early and participate in a service learning project at the Center for Technology & Innovation, Inc. in downtown Binghamton.
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
- Be one of the 24 students to make friends while immersing yourself in the Engineering Community
Frequently Asked Questions by Parents
Will my son or daughter 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 he or she 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 freshman that 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 Mountainview hall with close proximity to one another. Members of the Nursing Learning Community (NLC) are required to enroll in a freshman course facilitated in the Appalachian Center, located in Mountainview. A variety of activities, designed specifically for freshman in nursing, are offered throughout the year. Academic support is provided by an upper-level RA who is also majoring in nursing. If you would like more information about Decker School of Nursing (DSON), please please click here.Nursing Community 2014 at BU Basketball Game.