Apply for RISE

RISE Mission Statement. Create, Grow, Connect: A community of learners committed to stewardship and environmental sustainability

Interested in Joining RISE?

Available spaces on the RISE Living-Learning Community Floors are limited. We are still taking applications, but we have started a waiting list for women. We still have space on the men's floor.

If you are a current MSU student and are interested in the Minor in Environmental & Sustainability Studies, please check this page and schedule an advising appointment.

  • To Apply: Complete the online application below and hit "submit." (NOTE: Some applicants have told us that they are getting a "SPAM" response when they try to submit their. Please try an alternative web browser, i.e. Safari or Chrome). If you have supplemental materials you'd like to submit, you can upload them to the application or email them to the Assistant Director, Heather Shea Gasser at

Selection decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in mid-November. Spaces are limited and we encourage interested students to apply early. RISE recruitment will end in April or when we fill our available spaces. 

As you complete the application below, please be aware of the following criteria:

  • Committment to the foundational principles and values of environmental stewardship;
  • Potential for academic success;
  • Balance and diversity among the incoming class of RISE students.