About the Society

Cohabitantes Discamus 
“Dwelling together, let us learn”


The Residential College Society seeks to transform higher education by providing a learning network for faculty and student affairs educators to share knowledge, build community, and advance scholarship about the residential college experience.


The initiatives, programs, and services of the Residential College Society are focused on four primary pillars:





Definition of a Residential College

Residential colleges have a rich history in higher education worldwide, taking many forms and functions.  In an effort to focus the purpose of the Residential College Society, the following definition of “residential college” is provided:

A residential college is a collegiate residential environment in which live-in faculty play an integral role in the programmatic experience and leadership of the community.  Some may have features that include:

  • Academic department association
  • Strong partnerships and collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs
  • Linked credit-bearing academic courses
  • Academic experiences (curricular and/or co-curricular) infused into the life of the residential college
  • Traditional programming including social events, meals, and associated faculty-student engagement