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The Compass Living & Learning Community (LLC) will be a support resource that encourages and empowers you to become a lifelong learner who consistently engages in decision-making processes while exercising open-mindedness, flexibility, and adaptability.


The mission of the Compass Living Learning Community is to provide support and encouragement to exploratory students as you begin to identify major paths and careers. You are provided with the following support:

  • Exposure and regular contact with critical university resources including advising and career services
  • Sections of First-Year Studies 101 courses with curricula focused on major and career exploration
  • Programs throughout the full academic year which aid in major and career exploration processes, and personal and professional development
  • Laid-back and encouraging community environment
  • Individual monitoring of personal and academic progress

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the academic year, you will:

  1. Identify a major or at least two to three major paths of interest
  2. Speak with a representative from a department associates with their major paths of interests
  3. Know and utilize services provided by these campus and community resources:
    1. College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services
    2. Center for Career Development
    3. Resident Assistant for the Compass Living Learning Community
  4. Navigate the UTK website and undergraduate catalog to find information regarding:
    1. Other colleges
    2. College and departmental advising
    3. Academic Policies and Procedures
    4. Majors
    5. Minors
    6. College specific exploratory programs


In the Compass Living Learning Community we value:

  • Broad-based learning
  • Differences and individuality among people
  • Respect for students, faculty, and staff
  • Open-mindedness
  • Patience with the learning process
  • Inquiry
  • Personal responsibility

The Compass LLC is located in Morrill Hall for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Community Requirements

Students must be Arts and Sciences Exploratory or University Exploratory.


Jeff Elliott

Leslie Ducay

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