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The Us in Business


Edwards Learning Communities are designed to put the “us” in business and the “u” in community.

Together with other first-year students, you will make new friends and develop relationships pivotal to your success in navigating business school. These communities provide you with a structured and supportive environment to connect, learn, and grow during your university life and academic career.

Success looks different to everyone: learning communities are a way for you to explore what success means to you, whether that involves doing well in classes, discovering new interests, building friendship circles, or getting involved locally in the university community and beyond.

Enhance your university experience

Get set for success with the confidence, skills, knowledge and connections to navigate business school, your university life and your academic career.


Make new friends

Get to know new people (students, faculty, alumni and staff) and develop a sense of community, connectivity, and belonging.

Adjust to university life

Make connections to the people, places and resources that will support you on your journey and contribute to your overall success and well-being.

Explore career paths

Get introduced to programs and activities that are related to your interests and connect you with alumni and professionals who have turned similar interests into exciting careers.

Improve academic performance

Learn how to take responsibility for your own learning and how to juggle classes, assignments, exams, extracurriculars from peer mentors.

Why learning communities?

Success looks different to everyone: learning communities are a way for you to explore what success means to you, whether that involves doing well in classes, discovering new interests, building friendship circles, or getting involved locally in the university community and beyond.


Shared small group learning

Take core courses together allowing you to build relationships, share experiences and learn from each other. No more searching for a study buddy.

Choosing the right courses

Get help with selecting and registering in six core classes in your first year.

Peer mentors

Receive mentorship and support from successful, senior students and recent grads who share their ways of doing things to guide you through the challenges of transitioning to college life and succeeding academically.

Community hour

Attend a weekly gathering to connect and interact with your peers who share common interests and/or goals and to develop the skills to succeed in university (study skills, time management, mental health, etc.).


The Edwards Advantage

  • Funding to study abroad (in Sweden, Spain, France, Chile, among others)
  • Co-operative Education Program (paid internships with top companies)
  • Over $1.6 million in scholarships
  • Career support and development
  • Co-curricular funding to pursue conferences, case competitions and more
Student Experience

How does it work?

  • You will spend 50 minutes each week together (LC hour), developing your approach to learning and university life. You can then apply what you learn from each LC hour to your studies, setting yourself up for success in your academic career!
  • The LC hour is not for credit and will not have any assignments. It is purely for your benefit. Your weekly Learning Community hour is not a study session and Peer Mentors are not subject tutors.

Who can sign up?


Students who are starting their first year of university at USask in Edwards School of Business are eligible to sign up for an Edwards Learning Community.

Sign up early – space is limited, and spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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  • When can I sign up for LC's?

    Edwards Learning Communities sign-up opens, May 1, 2024 at Noon for T1 and Sept 1 at Noon for T2.

  • How do I sign up for LC's?

    Go to our website —  Edwards Learning Community Options — and choose an LC group for Term 1 and Term 2 LCs. Sign up is done through PAWS (once you choose your schedule for both terms, click on the link to sign up at the bottom of the page to sign up.)

  • Can I drop my LC classes? Can I take only two of the three?

    You can drop LC courses through PAWS just like any other course after July 5th, 2024 (students should be aware of drop deadlines throughout the term). If you do not take all the courses attached to an LC, you will not get the full benefit.

  • Which LC should I sign-up for?

    Each Edwards LC has the same required first year courses, but at different time/day combinations to give you some schedule flexibility. If you have any questions about which schedule to choose, you should email us at undergrad@edwards.usask.ca  and we would be happy to chat with you about the LC that meets your needs.

  • Do I need to sign up for a Term 2 Learning Community?
    No - Learning Communities run in the fall term only in Edwards. There is a Learning Community in the winter term exclusively for students beginning their studies in January.
  • Do I need to register in my LC classes?

    YES, after you sign up for an LC you will have to register, you will be sent information from the LC Team regarding the date of the LC Registration Window – the time where LC students will be allowed to register in their Block of LC classes and then can also (if desired) add their electives after they successfully register in the Block of LC classes.

    NOTE: The NEW LC Window for registration will be BEFORE Edwards First Year Student Registration Window.


  • Can I register in courses outside of my LC?

    Absolutely! You can add more classes to your schedule when the LC Registration Window opens for LC students in June. You need to ensure these courses fit within your LC schedule (LC classes in your Block will have to be registered for first before you can add more courses to the LC). Five courses per term is the maximum for first year students.

  • Do I have to attend the LC hour?

    Attendance is taken at each LC hour. Those students who attend every LC hour will be granted a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Credit on their account. You can learn more about Co-Curricular Records (CCR) here. There are no academic consequences for missing LC hours; however, students who do not attend the LC hour will be missing many benefits of the program.

  • Will I have time for my LC Hour?

    Yes, you will! We understand the demands on your time as a university student. You should consider the time you dedicate to your Edwards Learning Community as an investment, by attending the weekly 50 minute sessions you will learn the academic skills necessary to successfully navigate your courses; the developmental skills to establish a healthy school-life balance; and, the personal skills to create meaningful friendships that will continue well beyond your time in class.

  • Is my Peer Mentor a tutor for my course?

    No. Your Peer Mentors are students in their second-, third- and fourth-year of study. They facilitate your weekly sessions, some of which will focus on developing academic and learning skills such as note-taking, study skills, exam preparation and making connections . In addition, your Peer Mentors act as a resource for you as you navigate your way through your first year.

  • Are there any assignments for the LC Hour? Am I graded?

    The LC hour is not for credit and will not have any assignments. It is purely for students’ benefit. Courses attached to LC’s are the same as any other Arts and Science course for grading.

  • Can I sign up for more than one LC per Term?

    No. Due to the structure of the B.Comm first year course requirements, students are restricted to one LC per Term.

  • Can I change LC's?

    Students are encouraged to choose the LC that is right for them. Our team of advisors is happy to help with LC selection. Once you register for an LC the only way to switch to another LC is to contact the LC team at undergrad@edwards.usask.ca. There is no guarantee that the LC you want to switch to will have space, so choose wisely!

  • Will an LC get me into a specific B.Comm major?

    Not directly, no. We hope that the interaction LC students have with academic advisors, staff from other colleges, upper year students, professionals, and faculty members will improve their chances of reaching their academic and career goals. However, registration in an LC does not guarantee enrollment in any B.Comm major, or special consideration when applying.

  • What happens when an LC is full?

    Once an LC is full, registration for that particular LC is closed.

  • What buildings/rooms are my LC classes in?

    Finalizing room scheduling usually happens later than LC signup. Therefore, room numbers will not be posted on your LC schedule. You will be able to check your detailed student schedule (with room numbers) after the first year registration window opens in June through PAWS. To do this, log into PAWS and select “Academics” (on the left of the screen), then “My Courses”. From here you can select either “Class schedule” or “Class locations” to view the room numbers of your courses. First year COMM courses in Edwards are normally scheduled in the Edwards college, all of which are located in a relatively small area. However, any electives you choose may be scheduled in different colleges and buildings. The good news is getting from class to class (or lab) on time is very rarely a problem.

  • Will I have enough time to get to classes that are scheduled back-to-back?

    Yes, you will have time! Classes at the University of Saskatchewan are scheduled to allow for 10 minutes for class change movement, this leaves you ten minutes to travel between classes.

  • Is there a fee for Learning Communities?

    There are no extra fees for the Learning Communities. The LC Hour with the Peer Mentors is a free non-credit course however, when you sign-up for a Learning Community you are responsible for the fees and tuition associated with the classes within that Learning Community.

  • What if I Sign-up for a Learning Community and then change my mind?

    When you sign-up for a Learning Community you are responsible for the fees and tuition associated with the classes within that Learning Community. If you change or mind or say you get accepted at a different university or college at USask, then you MUST email our team at undergrad@edwards.usask.ca so we can remove you from the LC(s) that you signed up for PRIOR to registration into the classes.

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Edwards School of Business
University of Saskatchewan
Room 185, 25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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