Learning Communities

Director: Dr. Jayme Millsap Stone, (501) 852-0950, Old Main Hall 104, jaymes@uca.edu

[1] Purposes

UCA’s Residential Colleges cultivate an environment that encourages intellectual risk, leading to academic growth. Students join faculty and staff to create a community of scholars who work together to engage in academic, professional, and civic endeavors. By participating in learning communities, a commitment to a culture of inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and collaboration is affirmed. In order to help meet the needs of first-year and continuing students, the Residential Colleges give students the opportunity:

  • To take classes in the Residential Colleges with those of similar majors and interests.
  • To live and learn in a community of students faculty, and staff.
  • To participate in a variety of co-curricular academic experiences.
  • To contribute to a variety of service-learning experiences.
  • To participate in the Hughes Leadership Institute.
  • To become an advocate for peers.
  • To minor in Public Scholarship and Community Engagement (available Fall 2013).

[2] General Information

UCA’s Residential College curricula consist of UCA Core courses taught by a team of professors from different disciplines organized around an academic theme. The five Residential Colleges are as follows:

HPaW Residential College at Baridon Hall
Theme: Health Promotion and Wellness
STEM Residential College at Arkansas Hall
Theme: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
EDGE Residential College at Hughes Hall
Theme: Educating for Global Engagement
The Stars Residential College at Short/Denney Hall
Theme: Living the Arts
EPIC Residential College at Bear Hall
Theme: Entrepreneurship, Public Scholarship, Innovation & Community Engagement

The Residential College program is much more than taking courses in your residence hall. For the educational process to be at the center of the student’s life, the Residential Colleges offer common areas where faculty, staff and students gather engage in lively conversations, work on group projects, study, and hold performances. Each Residential College has a classroom, study area, as well as faculty and staff offices. These environments are designed for living and learning.

UCA’s Residential Colleges sponsor a number of co-curricular and service-learning opportunities including travel to museums, regional performances, field experiences, competitions, and study abroad in Rwanda.

[3] Admission Requirements

UCA’s Residential Colleges limit enrollment. For admission requirements and more information contact

Director, UCA’s Residential Colleges
201 Donaghey Ave
Old Main 104
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas 72035-5000

Telephone: (501) 450-3125 or (501) 450-5969
E-mail: residentialcolleges@uca.edu
Website: uca.edu/residential/