the carillon community experience
About the Carillon Communities
What is Carillon Communities?
A one-year living-learning program for first year students who want to accelerate their engagement with UMD.
Who is it for?
Students who are curious, creative, compassionate, and want to translate their passion into purpose.
What is its purpose?
To teach emergent problem solvers strategies to drive academic success and tackle wicked problems.
What is in it for me?
You can expect to translate your passion into purpose by:
• Designing an academic path aligned with your interests.
• Creating key relationships with UMD faculty and staff.
• Cultivating friendships with classmates who, just like you, are curious, creative, and compassionate.
• Applying your intellectual curiosity inside and outside of the classroom.
How Does the Program Work?
You live together in Easton Hall or Elkton Hall and are invited to participate in community events throughout the year.
In the fall semester you complete the Carillon studio (1-credit course) and an academic course that is aligned with your passion and taught by an expert in the field. There are three passions, with a variety of communities for you to choose from.
Social Justice Art and Activism, Free Speech, iGIVE, Linguistic Profiling, Riots
Science Language, Once and Future Planet, Visualizing Knowledge, Weather and Climate
Entrepreneurship Enterprising Cultures
How Does It Fit with My Major?
The Carillon studio allows you to learn about University resources, review majors, meet with your academic advisor, and develop a four-semester plan.
The academic course is a three-credit General Education course that contributes to degree requirements. This video helps explain how the program fulfills those requirements.
Both courses highlight problem-solving, team work, design thinking and communication, skills demanded of successful students in all majors and careers.