Residential colleges enjoy all the same amenities and features of traditional residence halls, but they also maximize the on-campus living experience for first-year students by creating smaller communities based on common majors or interests and fostering greater student–faculty interaction beyond the classroom.
Students who participate in a residential college have higher GPAs and graduation rates and are more likely to continue on to their next year of college than other students on or off campus.
- Make LSU feel smaller, as residents live, study, and explore with a smaller group of students who share similar interests while still having the resources and opportunities of a major research university
- Offer courses exclusive to residents, either in the residence hall itself or on the larger LSU campus
- Bring academics into the residence halls
- Have on-site offices where instructors and rectors hold office hours and review sessions
- Provide residents with interactions with faculty members outside of the classroom as they participate in academic and social hall activities
- Have atmospheres that encourage studying, forming study groups and collaborating on projects
- Make it easy to form new friendships as students have a common underlying interest or major
- Are available to first-year students. Only the Ogden Honors College allows upperclass participants.
- Provide a seamless living-learning environment which fosters the development of three core outcomes: critical thinking ability, communication skills, and sense of community and social responsibility
- View the residential college requirements at-a-glance.
Discipline-Based Residential Colleges
The Agriculture Residential College (ARC), located in popular Blake Hall, is a living-learning community for first-year students majoring in the College of Agriculture.
The Business Residential College (BRC) is sponsored by the E.J. Ourso College of Business and offers the next generation of business leaders unique educational and professional development opportunities in Residential College One – West Hall.
The Engineering Residential College (ERC) has been housed in Residential College One - North Hall since it opened in fall 2012, but has been in the Residential College One Complex since 2008.
Human Sciences & Education
The College of Human Sciences & Education Residential College (HSERC) is sponsored by the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) and housed in the beautiful Cypress Hall.
Humanities & Social Sciences
The Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College (HSSRC), located in Residential College One - South Hall, is open to first-year students of all majors in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.
The Mass Communication Residential College (MCRC) is sponsored by the Manship School of Mass Communication and offers an educational and social community for the next generation of journalism, public relations, advertising, and political communication professionals living in Residential College One South Hall.
The Science Residential College (SRC) is a popular program housed in Highland Hall and Louise Garig Hall specifically for students pursuing a degree in the College of Science.
Visual and Performing Arts
The Visual and Performing Arts Residential College is a joint venture of the College of Art and Design and the College of Music and Dramatic Arts. It is housed in Broussard Hall.
Interest-Based Residential Colleges
Career Discovery Residential College (CDRC) is housed in Spruce Hall, which will open in fall 2018.
The Laville Honors House provides both a residence and a collegiate atmosphere for Ogden Honors College students throughout their time at LSU.