The STARS 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?

Reach for the stars! The STARS Residential College in Short/Denney Hall is a living and learning community dedicated to the artistic, communicative, and personal development of the individual and prizes the artist’s voice and vision. STARS students are largely majoring in (or deeply engaged in) the arts—music, theatre, photography, creative writing, filmmaking, communication, and of course art. The students and faculty of the STARS share a dedication to both rigorous studio practice and scholarly achievement. As a STAR, you will have opportunities to participate in broadcasts, conferences, exhibits, live performances, publications, readings, recitals and screenings. You will interact with community artists and witness spectacular performances by national and international acts at the Reynolds Performance Hall. Students in The STARS are exposed to UCA Public Appearances, Artists in Residence, visiting professional artists, cultural and educational trips to Memphis and Dallas, live concerts, poetry slams, dramatic stage productions, and art exhibitions in the classroom and lobby. And then there are the high definition transmissions of The Metropolitan Opera in Reynolds Performance Hall—you’ll become an opera fan!

Here are just a few of the many advantages of living and learning in The STARS Residential College in Short/Denney Hall:


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 students’ potential for growth. Also living in the residential colleges are Advocates—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 assist in areas from tutoring to study skills workshops. The STARS classroom is always open, providing a peaceful environment to read and work on assignments; and the practice rooms will allow for practice, practice, practice in the building without disturbing others.


These live-in professors lead the way by teaching in their RC during the semester and engaging students in living the arts and service learning. They are academic and professional role models and fond of hosting cultural outings both inside and outside the state. Students get to know the Resident Masters and their families, and enjoy an extended family atmosphere within the college. There are not many universities where faculty invite students to Open Mic Night on a fabulous outdoor stage in the courtyard. The Resident Master may even treat you with his own original music or ask you to join a reggae band!


RC students are immersed in numerous civic activities—volunteering with projects such as bringing music and art to children in local public schools and the Boys & Girls Club of Faulkner County. Students also help abroad through organizations such as the Sankofa Center, an educational project in Ghana utilizing traditional African dance, music, and drama to preventively educate youth and adults about HIV/AIDS. 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.


Living with other students who share your passions and want to help you succeed will quickly make you feel at home. The STARS 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, sharing and competing in AfterWords, an intra-RC writing competition for first-year students, and participating in spontaneous outbreaks of song and dance in the hallways!

Is the STARS Residential College in Short/Denney Hall right for you?

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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.