MSU Learning Communities Like RCAH Ranked Fourth in the Nation by U.S. News

September 13, 2021

  • MSU is the top public university named in the learning communities category
  • MSU offers a wide range of learning communities, from residential degree-granting programs to subject-specific learning cohorts
  • Study abroad and community engagement are additional categories in which MSU placed high in the rankings

By RCAH Communications

The engaging residential learning communities at Michigan State University (MSU) have been ranked fourth in the nation in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. MSU is the top public university named in the learning communities category, positioned just behind Yale University. 

Michigan State’s learning communities include the three degree-granting residential colleges—the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), James Madison College (JMC), and Lyman Briggs College (LBC)—as well as a variety of other learning communities associated with the Honors College and specific areas of study.

In its third year of ranking student engagement on America’s campuses, U.S. News again graded MSU favorably across all four-year public institutions:

  • 4 for Learning Communities – No. 1 among publics
  • 11 for Study Abroad – No. 1 among publics
  • 13 for Service Learning – No. 2 among publics

“MSU’s living-learning communities offer students an exceptional, personalized, holistic educational experience that goes far beyond the classroom,” said Dylan Miner, interim dean of RCAH. “As seen in our annual record of successful career and graduate school placements, a degree-granting residential learning community like RCAH provides the advantages of a small liberal arts college with all the opportunities of a large Big Ten university campus.

“Combine that with RCAH’s focus on community engagement and the hundreds of study abroad options at MSU, and it’s clear why U.S. News ranked Michigan State so high in areas that are key to educating the next generation of global citizens,” Miner added.

MSU Provost Teresa K. Woodruff said that she is excited to see so many MSU programs earn national recognition.

“Continuing improvements in graduation rates reflect the efforts of our faculty and academic staff and the hard work of students to achieve their academic goals, as well as the strengths of MSU’s student success efforts,” Woodruff said.

For more information about how an RCAH education works for you, visit Learn more about all of MSU’s learning communities.


The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University is a unique living-learning community offering the advantages of a small college liberal arts education and the opportunities of a Big Ten research university. Students prepare for meaningful careers by examining critical issues through the lens of culture, the visual and performing arts, community engagement, literature, philosophy, history, writing, and social justice. RCAH’s 99 percent placement rate for graduates over the past eight years is the best at MSU. Visit, email, or call 517-355-0210.