The Residential College program integrates academic courses with your residence hall experience. Hall assignments are linked to your Seminar and College Writing courses, which helps extend class discussions into the less-formal arena of your living environment and promotes the open exchange of ideas. Class sections are small and interactive, and because your housing assignment is linked to your seminar choice, class discussions typically carry over into the informal environment of the residence hall. The seminar topics and the setting in which you explore them are thought- and conversation-provoking.
The program has academic and social benefits. It eases your transition to the College, introduces you to the kind of thoughtful conversation that's characteristic of a good liberal arts education, enriches your learning, and serves as a kind of academic ice-breaker, helping you build relationships with your hall-mates.
The Residential College also offers opportunities for peer tutoring, faculty counseling, and mentoring with upperclass students. Field trips, guest speakers, theme dinners, film series, and community service projects are among other common components.