Imagine a place where classroom walls offer a lesson in sustainable construction and outdoor greenery is really an edible landscape. The RISE program at Michigan State University provides students with a living, growing academic environment.
The RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment) program provides students who share similar values and academic interests with a focused residential learning environment as well as an academic specialization in environmental studies. And being part of a Big Ten research university with global reach and vast opportunities at your fingertips comes with its own perks. Established and supported by a consortium of seven colleges (see "Participating Colleges" on left), RISE provides first-year students at Michigan State University with the resources to successfully transition from high school to university academic life.
Our rapidly changing environment opens up a world of opportunities for students passionate about sustainability and environmental stewardship. Michigan State University ranks as one of the nation’s top universities for sustainability and it’s where next-generation leaders gain the experience needed to address some of the world’s biggest environmental challenges.
RISE students participate in a community and curriculum focused on hands-on engagement. Students get their feet wet and their hands dirty while applying their knowledge to real problems and projects on campus, in the community, and globally.
We welcome any MSU student to participate in RISE. These are the colleges with whom we directly partner: