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Our Mission 

The distinctive educatiooal mission of the Residential College (RC) is to enable students t.o develop their intellectual intciestS and creative talents in an environment in which they can find their own voice and relate learning with doing. The RC faculty and staff challenge students to take the initiative in shaping their own education, to participate actively in classes and in extra-curricular programs, to think critically about what they are learning and reflectively about what they are doing, and tn engage with the University community as well as the outside world.  

Toward this end the College offers: 

• a four-year living-learning community that links students' classroom experiences with intellectual, artistic, social and cultural activities in the East Quadrangle

• an innovative curriculum that is continually being renewed and reshaped by a faculty strongly committed to teaching, and which engages students with people from other communities and from outside the classroom

• interdisciplionary courses, concentrations and programs, as well as access to all the courses and programs of the larger University

• student-oriented classes which emphasize writing, individual and group projects, oral repons and discussions, and in which faculty provide studeots with written evaluations of their work

• an intensive second language program that develops both a high level of practical language proficiency and filmiliarity with different cultures

• the opportunity for every student to undertake creative work in art, writing, music or drama in a nurturing environment - whether or not the students have already developed talent and skill in these areas

ln sum, the Residential College combines the social and intellectual advantages of a small liberal arts college with access to the academic and cultural resources of a world-class research university. 



Visit the RC

Our community is vibrant, engaging, and student-led! Prospective students are invited to explore a community where student initiative, creativity, and collaboration thrive.

Study with the RC

Experience the unique benefits of small classes, personalized study, and interdisciplinary learning today! Majors, minors, and classes are open to all LSA students 🌟 📚

Language in the RC

Spanish, French, German, Japanese, & Russian: with immersive instruction alongside co-curriculars, students develop impressive linguistic skills, often studying or living abroad. 

Engage with the RC

The seven community engagement programs focus on social justice and local activism. Students can intern, volunteer, and take classes with these programs! 🌎 🏘️




The Keene Theater in East Quad, where student creativity shines! 

Run by the Residential College, our state-of-the-art venue hosts a range of performances, from student plays to professional concerts, throughout the academic year. With accessible facilities and cutting-edge technology, the Keene Theater is the perfect place to experience the arts. Join us for upcoming events—many are free and open to the public!

Check out what's happening in the RC!

Featured News

Semester in Detroit offers Inclusive Immersion Experiences

The program is a unique blend of academic study and hands-on community work.

Welcome Class of 2028!

The RC is a place where you will learn and grow, a place where you will make friends and find mentors, a place you can call home.


The RC Art Gallery 

The Residential College Art Gallery hosts three professional artist exhibits every year along with two Student Showcases which allow students in the Visual Arts Program to present their work. Each exhibit is celebrated with a reception that welcomes the artist or artists to our space. Receptions are open to the public. 

Gallery Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday during the academic year. The public is welcome.