What is a residential college?
A residential college is a college where students in similar majors or academic programs live together in residence halls associated with their program. This makes for an exceptional educational setting with a vibrant and collaborative community.
The residential colleges at MSU provide the perfect blend of a small liberal arts college and a powerful research university. In addition to comfortable living spaces, these halls house faculty offices, academic advisers, classrooms, labs, libraries, art studios, study lounges, galleries, performance spaces and much more, giving students unparalleled access to campus resources. This immersive learning experience extends education far beyond the confines of the classroom.
For students interested in using the arts, literature, writing, languages and culture to build a better world
For students interested in the political, legal, social, economic and environmental issues affecting the world
For students interested in natural sciences and mathematics, as well as the history, philosophy and sociology of science
To apply, simply select the name of the residential college you are interested in as your major preference on your MSU undergraduate application for admission.
Once admitted to the university, students are selected for their preferred residential college on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early to maximize your chances!
If you have already applied to MSU and you are interested in a residential college, you can log into your account and change your major preference to the name of the residential college you are interested in. The major change process usually takes 3-5 business days.
In the event that your major change request cannot be processed in your account, please directly contact the residential college you are interested in.
MSU is also home to several other living-learning communities based around shared academic interests. Unlike residential colleges, these communities are not part of degree-granting programs.