What are residential colleges?

<p>this would look like a dumb question, and I admit that it is..</p>

<p>Can anyone explain about residential colleges simply?</p>

<p>Thank you</p>

<p>They’re smallish (from memory, biggest is around 300, smallest around 50 - don’t quote me on that exactly, but it’s the similar range) dorms meant to foster a cohesive community spirit among the residents, more so than larger/non-RC dorms. Most of them have ‘themes’ - the International Studies RC, which has an international theme, the Communications RC, which has a film/journalism slant, etc. - but Shepherd and Willard do not. The theme doesn’t dictate who lives there, but can dictate a bit the sorts of facilities (Communications RC has a screening room, dark room, etc.), the activities, and the “tutorials”, the small, RC-only classes taught by facility associated with the college in question. For instance, CRC held a journalism-in-films tutorial this past quarter. But the theme doesn’t infiltrate everything - we also had a tutorial about pirate history.</p>

<p>The fun part of RC’s is really the community that can be found as people rally around their college because of the small size and the college-wide activities (field day type events, rivalries between colleges, traditions, events paid for by the college, etc.). It’s also a great way to get to know some professors and faculty involved in the theme - “fellows” are faculty members who participate in college events, hold tutorials, etc. </p>

<p>I hope that helps? I could ramble on for ages about RCs, because I adore the system, but I don’t want to overwhelm you! If you have any specific questions, please do ask!</p>

<p>Great Help!! Thanks!!</p>

<p>Just one more question, Do you think if I apply to RCs, i can get in despite my status as a freshman?</p>

<p>Freshman are the primary residents of RCs. Most RCs have a certain number set aside for upperclassmen and the rest for incoming students, so there is a definite chance for everyone applying. Some RC’s fill up their allotment quickly with returning students; others set aside a certain amount for upperclassmen, and then don’t fill that up for whatever reason, so they have even more room for incoming students.</p>

<p>It’s actually MUCH easier to get into the more popular RCs as a freshman compared to as an upperclassmen. Willard, for instance, is competitive between everyone, but you can get in with the small essay on your housing app as a freshman. To stay in/get in as a “non-resident”, you have to earn a certain number of points by participating in events, philanthropy, etc.</p>

<p>So definitely apply to RCs! Being a part of CRC was the biggest highlight of my freshman year, and I can’t wait to return in the fall.</p>