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If you’re new to the RC, or U of M in general, the information can be something of an overload. Read through some of our frequently asked questions and answers for help

1. How is the RC a part of U of M?

The RC is a small, liberal arts college housed within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). In other words, every RC student is also an LSA student.

2. How many students are enrolled in the RC?

We admit an average of 260 in each incoming class. However, as the RC spans all four years, there are about 850 active RC students on campus currently.

3. Who is eligible to apply to the RC?

All students applying to U-M LSA may indicate their interest in the RC on the U-M LSA Common Application or Coalition Application by selecting the RC as their “Program of Study.”

4. What is the process for applying to the RC?

For full information, check out the link below. But, keep in mind that you will apply to U-M LSA and indicate the RC on the Common App. In other words, it is not possible to be accepted to the RC without first being accepted into U-M LSA. Indicating interest in the RC will not impact your U-M LSA application in any way.

5. Can I enroll in both the RC and the Honors College?

Absolutely, several RC-Honors students join our community each year. However, RC-Honors students may not elect the option of Honors housing in place of RC housing in East Quad.

6. Can I participate in any other Michigan Learning Communities if I am in the RC?

Yes, if it is a non-residential community. You may join UROP, CSP, Mentorship, or Honors.

7. Is there a tuition difference for the RC?

There is no additional cost to enroll in the Residential College. RC students pay the same tuition as their fellow LSA peers.

8. Do RC students fulfill just LSA requirements, just RC requirements, or both?

As all RC students are also LSA students, RC students fulfill both requirements for RC and LSA.

9. How many RC courses does the average student take?

About one third of your courses will be RC over the four years. This number can be higher for students enrolling in an RC major or minor.

10. Does the RC have graded courses?*

Yes, with a few exceptions. The only RC courses that aren’t graded are the Intensive I & II immersion language classes. In addition to grades, RC students will receive narrative evaluations on their transcript for each RC course they complete.

11. Can I start learning a new language?

Absolutely - some students continue on learning languages they’ve been learning in high school, while some start in a new language. No experience is required to enroll in the immersion courses.

12. Do students pursuing interests in STEM join the RC?

Absolutely! There are students majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics, pre-med, or Neuroscience enrolled in the RC.

13. Do I have to be talented in the visual or performing arts to join the RC?

Not at all. Although the RC has several options for our students pursuing passions for these paths, we are not exclusively an “arts college.” The RC holds in high regard the value of a liberal arts education and offers courses that challenge our students to develop their intellectual interests 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, to think critically about what they are learning, and to engage with the University community as well as the outside world.

14. What is the average class size in the RC?

The average class size for the RC is 15 students.

15. Where are RC classes held?

In East Quad!

16. Do RC students have a lot of contact with their professors?

With small classes, an emphasis on writing and discussion, and professors’ offices in East Quad, it is not unusual for RC students to develop a strong rapport with their professors.

17. Am I restricted to RC majors and minors as an RC student?

Not at all. You may choose from any major and/or minor offered through LSA and/or the RC. In the RC class of 2017 there were over 30 different majors represented.

18. Do RC students have time to double major?

Yes, most RC students fulfill their academic requirements as well as double major and graduate in four years.

19. What facilities does the RC have on-site?

The RC is home to the Keene Theater, a ceramics studio, a photography darkroom, a sculpture studio, the RC Art Gallery, RC Academic Advising, and the Benzinger Library.

20. Do non-RC students live in East Quad?

Yes, RC students make up about half of East Quad’s residential space, while the remaining students are LSA peers.

21. How do roommates work?

Incoming first year students “room blind” with a fellow RC student. For your sophomore year, you may select any roommate and may indicate preference for any space in the building.

22. Can RC students join Greek Life?

Yes, RC students can join Greek Life. However, students who participate in a fraternity or sorority must still fulfill the RC’s two-year live-in requirement.

23. Is it possible to transfer out of the RC?

Yes. We in the RC are committed to helping students find the best fit on campus. If that turns out not to be the RC, you will need to speak to one of our academic advisors to transfer out.

24. Is it possible to transfer into the RC?

Yes, depending upon space and eligibility. We accept transfer students with 40 or less transfer credits.

25. What opportunities are there for student life?

The RC has several student-led discussion groups called “Forums” that can be enrolled in for credit. Titles and topics range from Food Forum to Feminist Forum, from LGBTQA Forum, to Creative Writing Forum. There is also a theater troupe (the RC Players), the RC Student Union, and the RC Review literary magazine.

26. Will I still feel integrated into U-M while being a part of the RC?

Yes, you will still be connected to LSA and campus at large as an RC student. Most RC students join U-M student organizations and all RC students will enroll in non-RC courses to fulfill academic requirements. While you will have a “home base” in the RC, you won’t be restricted to the multitude of opportunities or resources available throughout campus.

*Grades were instituted in the RC in 2001, making the class of 2005 the last eligible to graduate under the former system of exlusively written evaluations.