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