Image of CMU students participating in team building activity. As a member of the PSRC, you will:
Belong to a community
Enroll in cohort classes
Gain early leadership opportunities
Interact with experts in your field
Navigate college with ease

The Public Service Residential College, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, supports students aiming toward professions which make a difference in the lives of people and society.

A residential college is not just a place to live, but a community of engaged students with invitations to academic and co-curricular experiences which will set you apart from other degree holders in the job market.  Together, students will learn how to improve the human condition and sustain a free society through the tenets of public-spiritedness, citizenship, public service and global awareness.


Tenet 1: Public-Spiritedness

The learning community prepares students to embrace their role as public-spirited scholars dedicated to rigorous understanding and improvement of the human condition.  Public-spirited careers are those which make a meaningful difference in the lives of people and their society.  Public-spirited scholars will be socially responsible in their actions to promote the greater good and individual well being.

Tenet 2: Citizenship

Our public-spirited scholars will learn how to promote civic life, cultural trends, public policies and reforms that will sustain healthy citizenship for their own and future generations.  Students will be members of the living-learning community and have opportunities for leadership roles.  Cobb hall is an open and inclusive community in the Towers residential complex. 

Tenet 3: Public Service

Since experience in civic and political life provides the best training for leadership in service to the public good, we encourage our public-spirited students to seek out and learn from co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.  Students will participate in a service project of their choice.

Tenet 4: Global Awareness

Issues that affect individual well-being and our ability to sustain free societies increasingly emerge not only in our local, state, and national communities – but also in our global communities.  Public-spirited scholars should be aware of cultural differences and should gain knowledge and skills essential for working with diverse others. Scholars will develop a strong sense of identity and seek to understand the perspectives and strengths of others. 

Contact Information

For more information about the Public Service Residential College, contact Kathy Rise at

Kathy Rise
Residential College Director
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences