Wild About Anime? There's a Dorm for You

Colleges cater to students' interests with special housing to encourage learning around the clock

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Caleb Kenna for The Chronicle

Molly Campbell (center), a sophomore at the U. of Vermont and founder of the Food for Thought living-learning community there, cooks with fellow group members. The group's goal is to help students practice health eating habits.

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Caleb Kenna for The Chronicle

Molly Campbell (center), a sophomore at the U. of Vermont and founder of the Food for Thought living-learning community there, cooks with fellow group members. The group's goal is to help students practice health eating habits.

Living-learning communities have long been a fixture on many college campuses. In recent years, though, those communities have become as particular as students' tastes. Dorm suites and floors focused on robotics and Harry Potter are popping up alongside the mainstay "first-year experience" communities.

In part, the move is a bid to keep upperclassmen on the campus by letting students who share very specific interests live together, says Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas, author of the