"We wanted a college that would retain the richness of LSA and the excitement of the University, but in which those values of personal good feeling and unity of purpose would not be overwhelmed…we wanted students and faculty to feel at home, at ease, engaged with one another.”
—RC Professor Carl Cohen on the founding of the Residential College, 2/21/02
The RC offers an alternative, both educational and social, to the “Big U.” It provides a base within manageable horizons, yet it enables and encourages students to make full use of the fantastic resources of a large university. As an RC student, you’ll still have the opportunity to be a part of the crowd at football games, join campus-wide student organizations, work with LSA students both in classes and outside, and enjoy the bustle and energy of a major university campus.
Not all U of M students have a four-year base to call home and come back to; few LSA students get to know their professors as well as RC students do; and the solidarities and social bonds formed among RC students in their two years of residence – through language study, creative work, informal discussions with faculty and one another – last a life-time.
In the LSA, especially among professors in the departments, RC students have a good reputation as being among the most engaged, even outspoken, students in class. RC students' proactive stance towards learning serves them well in the larger University.