Residential College

  • 701 E. University
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245

The Residential College (RC), housed in East Quadrangle on Central Campus beside the Ross School of Business, is a vibrant place to learn for students and the community. Since 1967, the RC has combined living and learning in ways unique to the rest of campus by virtue of being both a Michigan Learning Community (MLC) as well as an LSA academic department that offers majors and minors. With more than 70 faculty members in expertises ranging from evolutionary biology to art history to creative writing, the RC is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary environment where students of all academic interests flourish. There are more than 6,000 RC alumni all over the world working in law, film and television, NGOs, media, medicine, and everything in between. 

The Residential College welcomes students from all schools and colleges at U-M to enroll in its courses. There are over 50 offerings every semester in subjects like:

  • Creative arts including creative writing, music, drama, and visual arts courses every semester in beautiful studios, classrooms, and rehearsal spaces
  • Community-engaged learning in which students work with school-age youth or interpret for French-speaking clients at Freedom House Detroit, for instance
  • Social Theory & Practice in which students combine foundations in history, sociology, and other social science disciplines with project-based learning in community settings
  • Arts & Ideas in the Humanities in which students study how making art and the study of ideas – like philosophy, rhetoric, and other schools of knowledge – inform each other
  • Semi-immersion-style foreign languages instruction in French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and German
  • Our partner programs including Shakespeare in the Arb, (co-founded by the RC Drama Program and Nichols Arboretum); Center for World Performance Studies; Prison Creative Arts Project; Telling It; and others

The RC is also home to arts facilities, which are active throughout the academic year:

  • The 500-square-foot RC Art Gallery, which features exhibitions and interactive workshops by students, faculty, and established outside artists that are open to the public
  • The 150-seat Keene Theater, which hosts performances and rehearsals for groups like RC Players, the RC Drama program, the Guild poetry collective, and guest artists who visit RC programs
  • Ceramic, printmaking, and furniture and sculpture studios, an ADA-compliant photography darkroom, music practice rooms, dance studio, and other creative spaces 

Stop by to see a performance or an art exhibition in East Quadrangle sometime – you won’t be sorry you did!