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FAQ

How can I apply to MCSP?

As soon as you are admitted to the University of Michigan, you become eligible to apply to MCSP. You must complete the Michigan Learning Community (MLC) portion of the online Housing Application.

What does MCSP look for in an application?

MCSP looks for students who express an interest in the program and a commitment to being an active, enthusiastic, and inclusive participant in the community. Often, competitive applicants have engaged in community service or dialogue opportunities during high school. However, previous community service or dialogue experience is not a prerequisite for the program.

If I've never done community service or dialogue before, can I still apply to MCSP?

Yes! As long as you're genuinely interested in doing community service, engaging in dialogue across differences, and being an active member of our community, you're welcome to join MCSP.

My friend and I are both applying to MCSP. Can we live together?

We’ve found that MCSP becomes a stronger, more inclusive community and that students transition from high school better when they room with someone they didn’t know before coming to college. 

We want you to develop new friendships and to come out of your comfort zone as much as possible. For this reason, MCSP does not honor roommate requests.

Do I have to be in LSA to do MCSP?

No, we accept students from all the schools and colleges at U-M, and we value the array of disciplinary perspectives they bring to our community. We’ll work with to ensure that you can fulfill your academic requirements in your chosen school or college, as well as the MCSP requirements.

Can I apply to more than one Michigan Learning Community (MLC)?

Yes!  The University of Michigan has several great learning communities, so we understand if you’re interested in more than one. On the MLC portion of the online Housing Application, you can apply to up to two (2) learning communities.

Can I visit MCSP?

Yes!  The best time to visit is after a Campus Day session.  In the afternoon, the Campus Day program includes an information session for the learning communities, which is held in West Quad residence hall. If you cannot attend Campus Day, please call the MCSP office (734-647-4860) and we will arrange for someone to meet with you in person or virtually, or you can take advantage of our virtual MCSP information sessions.

How much time does MCSP take?

MCSP is strong because its members are committed to each other and to the work of community service and dialogue. Plan to make MCSP a priority during your first year at UM.

MCSP students are required to take our membership course, ALA 102 (1 credit), during the fall semester. In addition, students are required to take an MCSP-linked seminar course and an MCSP-linked civic engagement course during their first year on campus. Required MCSP courses often count toward other distribution, major, or minor requirements. 

Beyond the classroom, students are invited to small group dialogues, to community-building social events, to community service opportunities, and to intercultural programs and performances. There is no hour requirement for community service hours outside of the required community service event for ALA 102, but we find that students who commit to ongoing community service activities deepen their relationships with each other and their commitment to serving others throughout their lives.

I’m a transfer student. Can I apply to MCSP?

MCSP is a first-year community with opportunities for student leadership in the following years. For this reason, only incoming first-year students are eligible to apply. MCSP does not accept applications from transfer students or students already on campus.

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