College of Social Sciences

GPALC Mission Statement

  • Being part of a Living Learning Community (LLC) with like-minded students makes for a successful and enjoyable transition to Florida State University! The connections you make and opportunities you pursue in GPALC will set the stage for your academic and post-academic career.
  • No more feeling like a stranger in the crowd. LLC’s provide a tight-knit community within a world-renowned academic institution. You will not only be at home, but you will feel at home.
  • The Community is intended for students with broad interest in public affairs. In the past, many of our students have majored in social science, which includes Political Science, International Affairs, Sociology, Economics and Geography. But other majors are also welcome to apply! The GPALC draws from the rich resources of the University, the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, and the City of Tallahassee to create a unique learning environment.
  • The central mission of GPALC is to educate students for citizenship in the community, state, nation, and world. If you're interested in understanding and impacting society at the local, state, national, and global levels, then this is the community for you!
  • What is a “Living Learning Community”
    • At Florida State, a Living–Learning Community (LLC) is a small group of students who live together, share an interest, and take one or two of their classes together — usually in a small classroom inside their residence hall. Designed primarily for first-year students, an LLC is a great place to plug into a supportive network of students and distinguished faculty as soon as you arrive at FSU.
    • If you're admitted to FSU as a First Time in College student, there's an LLC for you — regardless of your major, career goals, or accelerated credit earned in high school. Once you've submitted your Fall/Spring housing contract, consider applying for one or more LLCs. Selection is competitive and based on the quality of a brief LLC application. To learn more about each community and how to apply, explore the links on this page or contact University Housing.

Student Testimonies

  • “A fundamental part of the LLC is the sense of community and camaraderie; it is a bonding experience you cannot get elsewhere.” - Matty Mendez
  • “The GPALC has, to this point, provided me with the opportunity to make connections I do not think I would have made had I not joined and it has contributed significantly to my transition into Florida State.” - Matty Mendez
  • “The LLC has brought so many opportunities I didn't know were available to me. My experience has exceeded my expectations. Not only am I able to be part of a collect-group of people who share my same interests, but I have been exposed to many valuable resources. - Merissa Chu
  • “I enjoy the built-in community that the LLC provided. It made adjusting to college much easier.” - Emil Krawczyk
  • “It’s a great experience that allows you to connect with people much quicker than you would in a random dorm assignment.” Mason Robinson


Throughout the year, special events and activities related to Global and Public Affairs are scheduled for GPALC members. These range from presentations by FSU scholars and local or state political figures, to lectures by visiting national and international dignitaries and journalists, to discussions of current events led by local experts. Recent years have also seen presentations on some of the many opportunities available at FSU for students interested in the social sciences.

Dorman Hall

How to Apply to Any LLC


Denise Mercier
Coordinator, Living-Learning Communities
University Housing

Prof. Eric Coleman
Director Global and Public Affairs Living Learning Community
Department of Political Science