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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have prior research experience to be in MRADS?

No!! We are an introductory research community and strongly encourage students to apply if they have not participated in college-level research before. We will take you through university research step-by-step!

If I wanted to room with someone in particular, do we both have to apply to MRADS and get accepted?

MRADS does not honor roommate requests and randomly assign roommates regardless of individual preference. Our mission emphasizes affirmation of diversity and mutual respect; therefore, we encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and live with people they have not yet met. Further, it is possible for one roommate to be admitted to MRADS and the other declined. Should one roommate accept their place in MRADS, the other person will not be placed with that student. Additionally, if two students request each other as roommates and are both accepted to MRADS, they will still be randomly assigned.

How and when do I apply to MRADS?

Starting on February 1, you can apply to a Michigan Learning Community here. There will be a section where you can indicate your interest in MRADS to answer our program-specific questions. You may apply for up to 2 MLCs. The MLC application includes short essay components, and you will submit 2-3 short essays total depending on how many communities you apply for. If you apply by March 28 at 11:59 pm EST, you will know your status by April 7 at 5 pm EST. If you apply by the final deadline of May 5 at 11:59 pm EST, you will know your status by May 14 at 5 pm EST.

How can I learn more about MRADS this year?

Check out this page to see the different ways you can interact with MRADS during the application process.

What’s the difference between MRADS and UROP? Can I participate in both?

MRADS is the residential affiliate of UROP. This means that all MRADS students are considered a part of the UROP community and program. MRADS students are required to live together, enroll in ALA 104: Introduction to Research, and attend biweekly Wednesday night events. UROP students do not live together and take bi-weekly research seminars on Tuesdays hosted by upperclassmen peer facilitators. Students interested in doing research are encouraged to apply to both programs, but ultimately can only participate in one during their first year.

Do I have to be in LSA to apply to MRADS?

No! MRADS accepts students from all colleges and programs.


Do students live in Mosher Jordan Hall for their first year or first two years?

We are waiting on the University’s decision for Fall 2021 before announcing Housing requirements for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please refer back to this question for future updates.

Can I be in the Honors program and also MRADS?

Yes! However, you must live in MRADS housing and not Honors housing if you elect to participate in both programs.

Are transfer students eligible to be in MRADS?

At this time, we do not accept applications from transfer students. We encourage you to check out this website with information on other learning communities that do accept transfer students, as well as Changing Gears

If am accepted to MRADS but want to defer my admission to the University, can I also defer my spot in MRADS?

If you choose to defer your acceptance to U-M, you will need to re-apply for MRADS. We evaluate our cohort holistically and would need to evaluate your application alongside your potential future community members. 

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