Living & Learning Programs

Participating in a living-learning option allows students to be part of a community of peers, faculty, and staff who share similar academic interests. You can find living-learning programs all over campus, serving students with a variety of social and academic interests.

Programs vary in size from Honors and James Madison at the college level, to BROAD, available only for the freshman year.


Academic Scholars

MSU Address Needed
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-2326

This 2-year program is open by invitation of the Honors College to students of all majors who had an ACT composite score of 28 in conjunction with a 3.8+ high school GPA, or an ACT composite score of 27 in conjunction with a 4.0 high school GPA. Students in the Academic Scholars program reside in Holden Hall.

BROAD: Business Residential Option for Academic Distinction

Students majoring in business may participate, by invitation, in this one-year program. Students in the BROAD program reside in Shaw Hall.

Charles Drew Science Scholars

C202 Rather Hall, 955 N. Brody Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-8491

The Charles Drew Science Scholars program provides academic and social support for high achieving students pursuing science and math degrees, including individuals interested in professional health and science careers, such as, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, research, pharmacology, optometry, physical therapy, and public health. The program resides in Rather Hall.

Honors College

105 Eustace-Cole Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Students of all majors who were in the top 5% of their high school graduating class and who had an ACT composite score of 30 (or greater) or an SAT combined score of 1360 (or greater) are invited to attend the 4-year Honors College program. Students may choose to reside on honors floors in Yakeley-Gilchrist, Case, Holmes, Bryan, Snyder-Phillips, and Mason residence halls.

James Madison College

369L S Case Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Students interested in politics, public policy, law, and social issues may apply for James Madison as a major on their application for admission. Space in the College is limited; students are encouraged to apply early. James Madison is a 4-year academic program; students live and study in Case Hall.

Lyman Briggs College

35 East Holmes Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Students interested in science-based fields may apply for Lyman Briggs College as a major on the application for admission. Space in the College is limited; students are encouraged to apply early. Lyman Briggs is a 4-year academic program; students live in Holmes Hall.

Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience

Any student may participate in the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE) Students who wish to participate should request any of the following on their housing reservation card: Wilson Hall, Brody Complex, West Circle Complex, or Hubbard Hall. Sign up for MRULE during Welcome Days.

Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

C210 Snyder Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities combines interdisciplinary study, personalized attention, and multiple learning opportunities. Students will be able to create an individualized program that includes literature, history, ethics, the visual and performing arts, and the study of languages and cultures. The RCAH is unique to each student experience. This program allows students to broaden their minds, enhance their skills, and prepare to interact with a changing world.Participating students live in Snyder-Phillips Hall.

Residential Experience for Spartan Engineers

3410 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-5113

Incoming students interested in Engineering may participate in this program. Participants reside in Wilson Hall. Visit the program website for application information.

Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment

G-47 North Hubbard Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-4944

This 4-year program is available to students pursuing studies in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Social Science, and Communication Arts and Sciences, all with a focus on environmental studies. Participating students live in Hubbard Hall.

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