Residential Colleges: How to Apply!

Live Your Curiosity

UCA’s Residential Colleges provide exclusive experiences, dedicated faculty, and customized classes right where you live.

Are you curious about…
optimizing health & wellness?
building a personal brand?
making a difference?
sparking your creativity?
exploring the natural world?

Live your curiosity in a Residential College

Oh! And you have the opportunity for early SOAR sessions or free priority registration once you’ve received a Residential College acceptance letter.

You must apply to be in Residential College. Log on MyUCA using your UCA ID and then follow the instructions at My Housing. Fall 2020 Application opens September 15th, 2019!  UCA Living and Learning Community Matching Day is Friday, March 6th 2020!

Things to Know Prior to Application
  • Applications open in September of your senior year. Some programs are in very high demand and it is important that you apply for three programs that interest you. You are a complicated person, right? Not just one Residential College is your single, best match, so think about your matches.
  • Your housing application is your Residential College application. You will be asked to select a track: Residential College or Freshman Experience. Select the Residential College track and answer the questions asked with detail. Your answers give the Residential College selection committee our first impression of you and is one instrument used to decide what is your best match! Fall 2020’s questions are:
    • If you could have dinner with any famous person (living or dead) such as a scientist, nurse, philosopher, artist, writer, etc., who would it be? What would be your first question? Why is this question important to you? 
    • What are you curious about in life? What do you want to explore, to know, to experience?
    • American author Toni Morrison said, “You are not the work you do; you are the person you are.” How will living & learning in a Residential College help you become who you  want to be? 
  • The programs are not first-come, first-served! Several factors are considered including (but not limited to) your declared major, your reasons for wanting particular Residential Colleges, your ACT/SAT scores, your interests & talents, what new experiences you believe the program can bring you, and your commitment to participating in the curricular & co-curricular activities of the Residential College to which you are accepted.
  • Your ACT/SAT scores are important indicators of readiness for college-level work. Scores less than 19 in any category may indicate a need to either 1) re/take the ACT or 2) take an Accuplacer exam.
  • The classes offered in each Residential College are all college-level; consequently, students required to complete transitional course work in reading, writing or mathematics may have their Residential College applications held for review until new scores are received.
  • Carefully consider the benefits and environments of at least three programs!  Consider what each has to offer you as a freshman student. These academic programs are all designed to help you build the momentum needed to graduate. Again, consider your possible matches and not one, singular match.
  • We will endeavor to accommodate roommate requests; however, both students must be accepted into the same Residential College by the priority deadline of January 15th 2020. Even so, roommate requests are considered, but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Matching Day 2020 is March 6th.  This is the day all applicants to the Schedler Honors College, University Scholars, and UCA Residential Colleges will get their program acceptance letters via cub email!