INSPIRE Living-Learning Center

INSPIRE Living-Learning Center

It's not just a residence... it's a community. 

The mission of the INSPIRE Living-Learning Center (LLC) is to create a diverse community of motivated, creative students who want to make a difference. This community will explore ways to connect with others, encourage inquiry, develop partnerships, and nurture learning. If you are passionate about learning and curious about how to make a difference in the lives of children, youth, or adults, then the INSPIRE Living-Learning Center is an ideal place for you. You will discover that your fellow residents are not just some of the best friends you will make at IU, they are also student leaders, creative thinkers, and future innovators.

Right for You

In this learning-focused community, you will explore questions like:

  • What does it mean to be a 21st century learner and leader in education?
  • What makes an effective teacher in today's highly diverse and technological society?
  • In what ways can we address core challenges affecting schools and communities? 

We will seek answers to these types of questions through seminar discussions, excursions, service-learning experiences, and special events with faculty members, alumni, and community partners. We will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as we inspire each other to live and work together for the greater good. You will have opportunities to explore issues you care about most and address challenges affecting our lives in a globally interconnected world.

The INSPIRE Living-Learning Center welcomes all undergraduate students, including upperclassmen who will have opportunities to assume particular leadership roles in the community.  We will have space for 36 freshmen and 18 upper classmen. Upper classmen will serve as Peer Mentors and Culture Builders within the community.

Your New Home

INSPIRE is located in the new state-of-the-art Spruce Hall (formerly Rose Residence Hall). Located adjacent to the School of Education, this beautiful residence hall opened in August 2013. It houses 440 residents in double and single rooms. Restroom facilities will be shared by up to 8 residents. The facility design is new to IU Bloomington and will feature multiple lounges and group study areas on each floor. Double and single occupancy ADA rooms will be available.

Residence in the living learning community requires an annual program fee of $200. The School of Education will also provide competitive scholarships to help students participate in this special experience.

How to Apply

Apply for a living assignment in the INSPIRE Living-Learning Center when you apply for IU housing. Housing applications become available on February 5 and should be submitted no later than May 1. Be sure to indicate your preference for INSPIRE when completing your IU Housing application and complete our application. Our application questions are designed to help us learn about you and the contribution you will make as an INSPIRE resident.

Have you already applied for IU housing? It's not too late to apply for a place within the INSPIRE Living-Learning Center. Log into your housing application at, and add INSPIRE Living-Learning Center to your preference list. Our application will appear in your To-do List. Complete our application, and then save/update your preferences. 

All applications will be reviewed by the INSPIRE admissions team. Admission decisions will be based on space limitations and an effort to create a diverse and collaborative community. You will be notified by June 5, 2015 if you have been selected for an assignment to the INSPIRE Living Learning Center. 

What Our Students Think

Our students are very excited about INSPIRE and careers in education. See what they have to say.   

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us with questions about INSPIRE. 

James Damico, Ph.D 

Judy Crow 
Assistant Director, INSPIRE LLC