What is RISE?

The Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE) is an interdisciplinary living-learning program focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship. Supported by a consortium of seven colleges, RISE provides first-year students at Michigan State University with the resources to successfully transition from high school to university academic life. Beyond their first year, many RISE participants are engaged in undergraduate research, hands-on projects, and co-curricular initiatives in which they can explore their interests within a supportive community of students, faculty and staff with shared values.

Students get their feet wet and their hands dirty while applying their knowledge to address real problems and projects on campus, in the community, and globally.

RISE is a selective program. We are looking for incoming students who share a common passion in environmental sustainability. If you are interested in joining the RISE living-learning program during your first-year at MSU (this requires you live in Bailey Hall), you must apply and be accepted through our process. We accept applications from interested students on a space-available basis from November through the early spring semester for the following fall's incoming class. To learn more about how to apply, visit the Future Students tab above.