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Carillon Communities is a one-year living-learning program where first-year students work with faculty to ask Big Questions that matter to our world, and learn to use teamwork and creative problem solving approaches.

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  • Live and learn with a community, helping you cultivate friendships and making the big campus feel small
  • Students participating in Carillon Communities will reside in Easton Hall.

"I was able to meet a lot of my close friends on my floor and it is nice to be able to communicate and work with them in both my Community Course and the Carillon Studio course."

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  • Work with a faculty expert on a Big Question
  • Engage with relevant sources (e.g. speakers from NASA and the Smithsonian, library special collections, research data)
  • Learn teamwork and problem solving skills while working in diverse teams to creatively address aspects of your community’s Big Question


"The construction of the course was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The class was small and intimate, creating the perfect environment for discussion. I found myself entirely engaged in the class’ significant questions."

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  • Learn skills to make teamwork effective, efficient and successful
  • Use design thinking skills and abilities to address your personal Big Question: “How will I use my time at UMD?”
  • Design a Maryland plan that is unique to your interests, including coursework and extra-curricular activities

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"Through working with a team of my peers I have considered different courses, internship opportunities and career paths. The design of the Studio course allows you to make your wildest dreams into realistic dreams through the coursework at Maryland." 

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What does a year in Carillon look like? What are the requirements for students participating in the program? Learn more about these specifics.

For other common questions, you can check out our FAQs.

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