Residential College

Q: What is the Residential College?

A: Conceived and proposed in collaboration with the College of Arts & Science and MU Residential Life, it will be Mizzou’s first undergraduate residential college, providing unrivaled opportunities for first-year students interested in American history and politics to live and learn together in historic Wolpers Hall. Members of the Residential College will take classes together during the fall and spring semesters on the founding and early history of the United States, build a community through the Residential College’s academic and extracurricular programs, receive valuable mentorship from the college’s in-house R.A. and graduate student Collegiate Fellow, and be introduced to the Kinder Institute’s world-class faculty and the full breadth of our undergraduate programming.

Q: How do I sign up?

A: It’s as easy as choosing the Residential College when you’re filling out your online housing form at Mizzou. Once you do that, you’ll save a spot in Wolpers (you’ll still need to sign a housing contract for that room) and be pre-enrolled in the two fall seminars that all college residents take together.

Q: Where is Wolpers?

A: A recently renovated, community-style dorm conveniently located in the heart of campus, Wolpers is right across the street from the Rec and the MU Student Center and a ten-minute walk from the Kinder Institute’s offices in Jesse Hall.

Q: What are the courses I’ll be taking with other college residents?

A: During the fall, you’ll take “Intellectual World of the American Founders” and “The American Civil War (A Global History),” three-credit-hour courses that are cross-listed with either History or Political Science and that put college residents in a great position to continue examining the history and development of constitutional democracy in the U.S. and around the globe. You can read more about these two classes here. The “Intellectual World” seminar can be taken either as an Honors or non-Honors course, meaning that Honors eligibility is definitely not a pre-requisite for being part of the Residential College. During the spring, students will take “The Revolutionary Transformation of America,” the second class in the Kinder Institute’s four-course sequence on the origins of the republic, as well as a lecture course taught by a Kinder Institute faculty member. And as an added bonus, all courses associated with the Residential College can be applied toward fulfilling the core requirements for the Kinder Institute’s new B.A. in Constitutional Democracy.

In addition to the three-credit hour classes, you’ll enroll during the fall semester in a one-credit-hour seminar designed specifically for residents by the college’s R.A. and in-house faculty member that consists of guest lectures, group discussions, introductions to other Kinder Institute programs, and excursions in and around Columbia.

Q: Are scholarships available?

We’re excited to be able to supplement select students’ regular financial aid packages with a limited number of Morgan Scholarships, which range in amount from $500 – $2,500, and which are designed to support incoming freshmen during their first year in the Residential College. Deadlines for submitting Morgan Scholarship applications will be announced in August.

Q: What happens after my first year?

A: Anything, really. The proposed Residential College is designed for students of all backgrounds and academic pursuits who are interested in learning about the complex origins of constitutional democracy in the United States and in building a close-knit, scholarly community right when they get to campus. Our hope is that it prepares undergrads to be successful in whatever path they choose at Mizzou and beyond.

That said, after their first year, college residents will have a nice head start on completing the Kinder Institute’s B.A. in Constitutional Democracy and will have established a base of knowledge that is particularly well suited for further study in the MU Departments of History and Political Science.

Q: Does the Residential College cost more than regular Mizzou enrollment?

A: Not at all. There will be no cost associated with the Residential College other than standard tuition, fees, and room and board costs.

Q: Can I stay connected with the residential college after my first year?

A: Absolutely! You can continue to live in the dorm. You can apply to be a Residential College R.A. You can keep taking classes in the proposed Constitutional Democracy B.A. curriculum whether you’re pursuing the major or not. And you can just stop by Wolpers for the various student-developed extracurricular programs and activities that we imagine will start taking shape with our first class of college residents.

Plus, we hope you’ll take advantage of some of the other unique undergraduate opportunities at the Kinder Institute. Our programs are open to all students on campus and include a summer program in Washington, D.C., a yearlong on-campus fellowship program, and opportunities to spend a week or a full semester studying abroad at University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College. In other words, we envision the residential college not as a one-year but as a four-year experience.

Q: I forgot to ask, what’s the Kinder Institute?

A: We’re a new signature academic center at Mizzou that brings faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and members of the community together to explore ideas and events related to the creation of the United States and to trace their reverberations over time and around the globe. We teach classes; we host lectures; we publish books; and most of all, we support a wide variety of programs for undergraduates who want to learn more about the complicated story of constitutional democracy in the United States.