As soon as you are admitted to the University of Michigan, you become eligible to apply to MCSP. First, you must pay your U-M enrollment deposit. Then you must complete the Michigan Learning Community (MLC) portion of the online Housing Application. This application will be sent to you in March. The MLC portion requires a brief essay about your interest in a particular program.
MCSP looks for students who express a genuine interest in the program. Oftentimes, competitive applicants have engaged in community service opportunities in the past. However, previous service experience is a not a pre-requisite for the program. As long as you articulate why you want to join our community and get involved in service (perhaps for the first time), you will be considered a strong applicant.
Yes! As long as you're genuinely interested in doing service, you're welcome to join MCSP.
No, we accept students from all the schools and colleges at U-M. We even have student and faculty advisors for people interested in Engineering and Business.
Yes! Michigan has many great learning communities, so we understand if you are interested in more than one. On the MLC portion of the online Housing Application, you can rank your preferences for learning communities.
Yes and No. You may participate in one residential learning community and several non-residential learning communities (ex: MCSP and CSP, UROP or Mentorship). However, you cannot participate in more than one residential learning community (ex: MCSP and HSSP).
Yes! The best time to visit is after a Campus Day session. In the afternoon, the Campus Day program includes break-out sessions for the learning communities during which one of our students will lead you to our residence hall. If you cannot attend Campus Day, please call the MCSP office (734-647-4860) and we will arrange for someone to meet with you.
MCSP students are required to take UC 102 (1 credit) during the fall semester. Additionally, students are required to take an MCSP-linked seminar (counts toward degree) and a "Learning in Community" course. These requirements can be fulfilled with courses from our course guide. Required MCSP courses often count toward other graduation requirements. Students are also invited to all community events.
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