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Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

A one-of-a-kind residential community offering personalized degree paths, small class sizes and countless ways to express your creativity with community engagement

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What is RCAH?


  • A community of belonging
  • A leader in social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion
  • A vibrant hub of creative activity, scholarship and community engagement
  • Faculty and staff who know and encourage you
  • All the advantages of a small liberal arts college with the opportunities of a large, Big Ten research university


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Small college. Big opportunities.

Unique spaces

Live, learn and play in the inspiring spaces that make this residential community an incubator for creativity.

  • Art studio
  • Language and Media Center
  • RCAH Center for Poetry
  • RCAH LookOut Gallery
  • Music rooms
  • Sister Circle space
  • Student Community Center
  • Theater

Student clubs and activities

RCAH offers a variety of student organizations that cater to the diverse interests within the RCAH community.

  • RCAH Ambassadors
  • RCAH Council
  • Music clubs
  • Flor y Canto open mic nights
  • Roial Players
  • RCAHive Magazine
  • RCAHppella
  • Sister Circle

Unique programs

RCAH offers a variety of unique academic programs.

  • Artists in Residence
  • Arts Living Learning Community
  • Design Justice Minor
  • Incarcerated Arts Program
  • Michigan Traditional Arts Program
  • Program on Sustainability in Costa Rica

What can you do with an RCAH degree?

RCAH graduates are well-versed in critical thinking, creative problem-solving and communication. These are the top skills valued by employers and graduate schools. RCAH graduates have had a 99% placement rate into jobs or graduate school for the last six years.

Alumni work at: 

  • NPR
  • Skywalker Sound
  • U.S. Senate
  • Nike
  • National Forest Foundation
  • Disney
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
  • New York City Mayor’s Office
  • Peace Corps and AmeriCorps
  • Smithsonian Institution

Alumni work as: 

  • Advocates
  • Communications managers
  • Community leaders
  • Engineers
  • Finance associates
  • Legislative directors
  • Multimedia artists and communicators
  • Policy collaborators
  • Social workers
  • Youth organizers

How to apply

To apply, simply select “Arts and Humanities” as your major preference on your MSU undergraduate application for admission.