Admission to LEADS

Applying to LEADS LLC

How can new students apply to live in LEADS?

New students should rank LEADS as one of their top choices while completing the Housing Contract online and complete the short  LLC essay. You cannot complete your contract until you have accepted your admission to the University and received your Enterprise Login. Students who rank LEADS as their #1 or #2 room preference and complete the LLC essay by the May 15 priority deadline will be considered for an LLC priority time slot during the room selection process. During the LLC priority room selection time, approved students will be able to select their room and confirm their spot in the LEADS LLC before the room selection process opens to the general student population and students who have not completed these tasks. LEADS is a highly popular and competitive LLC. You can access the Housing Contract by visiting the Apply Now page.

See the How to Apply page for more details on completing your University Housing contract.

How can reassigning students apply to live in LEADS if moving from another hall on campus?

All reassigning students who are coming to LEADS are required to also complete the LLC essays. All LLC essays can be emailed to

Essay Requirement

LEADS is a popular living-learning community, so admission is competitive. Both first-year and new students transferring to LEADS from another hall are asked to complete the essay.

The following essay question should be answered when completing your online housing contract (100-250 words): 
What do you hope to gain from and what do you plan to contribute to the Living-Learning Community that you have preferenced?

Visiting LEADS

Want to know more about LEADS?  Interested in coming for a visit or speaking to one of our current LEADS students?  If so, please contact our Program Office to set up a time to visit or get connected to one of our current LEADS students!  You can call our office (217) 244-9700 or email us to schedule some time with our staff and students.