About UCA Residential Colleges

This blog developed from a conversation about better ways to tell the world about UCA Residential Colleges. We thought it best to let the students do the talking. Posting for the next few weeks are students from every Residential College, topics range from academics to social engagement to how living in an RC has helped them grow as a person.


The Residential College Program at UCA currently consists of five communities, each Residential College has a unique theme and character:

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Hughes Residential College in Hughes Hall focuses on creating a community of student leaders through the Hughes Leadership Institute.




EDGE Residential College  in State Hall approaches a Liberal Art education through the thematic lenses of global learning, community engagement, and study abroad.




The STARS Residential College in Short/Denney Hall brings together freshmen who are interested in “Living the Arts”. Courses and academic programs are designed to help students express themselves through different forms of art.




STEM Residential College in Arkansas Hall provides a place for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to live and learn together in an environment that fosters academic success.




EPIC Residential College in Bear Hall takes sophomore level and above students from all majors and brings them together in a collaborative environment that focuses on entrepreneurship and community engagement.




  • Students take some of their classes in their Residence Hall, making studying and doing homework together even more convenient.
  • Upperclass Advocates and Resident Assistants serve as positive role models and are always willing to help freshmen with any questions.


Are you convinced you want a spot in a Residential College? Any incoming freshman can apply for admission to a Residential College. You must be accepted to the University of Central Arkansas before you can apply to a Residential College. Apply to UCA here.