Apply for RISE

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

Interested in Joining RISE?

We will begin review applications for the cohort entering MSU in the fall of 2018 as of November 1, 2017.

If you are a high school senior or transfer student and you want to participate in RISE (which will require you to live in Bailey Hall your first year), please consider applying. Acceptance into the RISE program is contingent on being accepted as an undergraduate student at MSU.

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 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 our selection 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.