EDGE Residential College

There is an exciting opportunity awaiting you!

How would you like to live and learn in a fun environment with other college students who share your interests? Would you like to take your classes right down the hall from where you live—taught by dynamic professors who are experts in their fields? Do you want to take in everything you can from your university experience? Of course you do!

The University of Central Arkansas offers one of the premier Residential College (RC) programs in the country. In our Residential Colleges, students belong to co-educational communities that connect with every aspect of the UCA experience, providing a small college feel within the larger campus population. Not only do students live together, they support each other academically by taking classes together and studying together. No wonder RC students earn higher GPAs! They are engaged in the community—participating in a variety of organizations and service learning opportunities at home and abroad. RC students and faculty also connect through undergraduate research, creative activities, field work, study abroad, and campus leadership. All this and friendships that last a lifetime!

Which Residential College is right for you?

EDGE Residential College in State Hall is committed to Educating for Global Engagement. EDGE students come from a variety of majors (many from within the College of Liberal Arts) and are passionate about global learning and engagement, civic responsibility, and studying in all corners of the world. Along with traditional students, international students are encouraged to apply to EDGE for both educational and practical reasons: the building is open all year long for enrolled students; EDGE-ers enjoy conversations in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and even Kinyarwanda in the EDGE Language Corner; and EDGE students also have early opportunities to get involved with study abroad programs, including travel with UCA faculty to the British Isles, France, Italy, and Rwanda!

Here are just a few of the many advantages of living and learning in EDGE Residential College in State Hall:

  • ACADEMIC SUCCESS:

Studies have shown that students in a residential college program are more likely to stay in college and have a higher graduation rate than students who do not live in a residential college. This is not surprising when you consider the smaller class sizes and closer student-faculty relationships that are available in an RC, which are designed to challenge and support our students’ potential for growth. Also living in the residential colleges are Advocates and Learning Assistants—upper-class students who continue to participate in the residential colleges and assist freshmen with everything from finding campus resources to solving technology problems. They also help assist in areas from tutoring to study skills workshops. The EDGE classroom is always open, providing a peaceful environment to read and work on assignments without leaving the residence hall.

  • RESIDENT MASTERS:

These live-in professors lead the way by teaching in their RC during the semester and engaging students in service learning projects, research, and study abroad. They serve as academic and professional role models. Students get to know the Resident Masters and their families (including the pets!), and enjoy an extended family atmosphere within the college. There are not many universities where faculty invite students over for a Language Corner Coffee House that includes homemade scones and exotic teas!

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

RC students are immersed in numerous civic activities—working with Heifer Project International and the EDGE Community Garden; volunteering with projects such as Books Without Borders: Rwanda; and working with area food pantries and sustainability efforts. These and other projects are involving our students as helping hands and training them to become caring, socially responsible, and ethically aware citizens with the power to change the world around them.

  • SHARED EXPERIENCES:

Living with other students who share your passions and want to help you succeed will quickly make you feel at home. EDGE students begin building relationships from the first moment they arrive on campus. They help each other become accustomed to UCA—spending time getting to know one another and forming friendships; arranging study groups; participating in shared reading and seminar experiences; competing in AfterWords, an intra-RC writing competition for first-year students; and joining Language Corner and bwalos (the learning community commons), gatherings that encourage students to debate and exchange their opinions in an open and accepting environment.

Is EDGE Residential College in State Hall right for you?

If this sounds like the university experience you’ve been looking for, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ucaedge and discover why you belong at UCA!

Please note: Due to occupancy limitations in the Residential Colleges, early response is encouraged. Applications will be considered according to space availability and on a first-come, first-served basis.