Hughes Residential College

There is an exciting opportunity awaiting you!

How would you like to live and learn with students who share your interests? Would you like to take 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?

Hughes Residential College in Hughes Hall (HRC), established in 1997, is the first and oldest residential college on the UCA campus as well as the first living/learning community to be established at a public university in the state of Arkansas. Hughes students come from a variety of majors and are passionate about honing their leadership abilities both in front of a crowd and behind the scenes. HRC is home to the Hughes Leadership Institute (HLI), a student leadership development program that brings local innovators and community leaders to the residence hall to share ideas and engage with students to help develop their potential. We use a program called StrengthsQuest™ to help our students identify their strengths and learn how to use these talents to become successful in all areas of life. HRC is also home to the intramural teams to beat, and hosts a variety of field experiences and social outings throughout the year – making this unique community the perfect balance of the academic and the extracurricular.

Just a few of the advantages of living and learning in Hughes Residential College in Hughes Hall include:


Studies show 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, to revealing the traditions known only to Hughes-ies. The HRC classroom is always open, providing a peaceful environment to read and work on assignments without leaving the residence hall.


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: hosting social outings like camping, canoeing, and cultural road trips to Memphis and Dallas. 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 Coffee Shoppe Study Break that includes homemade brownies and (if the Resident Master also happens to be a chemist) nitrous oxide ice cream!


RC students are immersed in numerous civic activities—the UCA recycling program, working with Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society, volunteering with projects such as tutoring children in local public schools, 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.


Living with other students who share your passions and want to help you succeed will quickly make you feel at home. Hughes 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 bwalos (the learning community commons), gatherings that encourage students to debate and exchange their opinions in an open and accepting environment.


Is Hughes Residential College in Hughes 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. There is an exciting opportunity awaiting you!