The Office of Academic Transition Programs would like to congratulate you on your acceptance to Buffalo State and would like to invite you to join our Bengal Learning Community neighborhood.
Our Bengal Learning Community consists of First-year students together with faculty exploring a common theme through an interdisciplinary approach. Students who select one of our neighborhoods have a unique opportunity to discover new experiences, become engaged in a variety of academic and social experiences (on and off-campus), making lifelong connections while increasing their chance of academic success.
All first-year students can participate in the Linked Bengal Community program and are available to both residents and coBuffalo State, the learning community program consists of linked courses across one academic year. A cohort of approximately twenty-five students take two linked courses in the fall semester and linked to one spring semester course.
A community is a particularly good idea if...
Whether you’re unsure about selecting a major, trying to figure out what you can do with your major, or discovering that you no longer have any interest in pursuing a career path—you have come to the right place!
Buffalo State offers 79 undergraduate majors, 64 graduate programs, and numerous minors and certificates. Figuring out which one is right for you can be intimidating! Studies show that most students change majors at least once during college. In our Exploratory Bengal Community, we assure you that this is nothing to worry about— the route you take is bound to evolve in exciting ways as you grow and learn about new interests. Our Exploratory Bengal Community provides you with faculty guides (and fellow exploratory travelers) to go with you on this journey of a lifetime!
These communities serve students who want to 'explore' which majors and minors are the best fit while connecting with professional academic advisors. The Exploratory Learning Community connects students who are interested in exploring themselves as they begin to understand their strengths, values, and identities while also understanding the society in which they live. Within First-Year Learning Communities there are several opportunities for this discovery to occur while students can also develop plans to meet their academic, personal, and career aspirations.
Some of the activities you will participate in may include visiting Old Fort Niagara, volunteering, attending a Bengal game, meeting for lunch or dinner with faculty and fellow explorers, visiting our Cultural Corridor, or just enjoying a study break over cupcakes.
Mission: Exploration of Self. Exploration of Campus. Exploration of the world.
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