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, cultural proficiency, and scholarly engagement.


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. Students will participate in a passion project of their choice.

Tenet 2: Relational Leadership

Students will be members of the living-learning community and have opportunities for leadership roles. 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.  Cobb hall is an open and inclusive community in the Towers residential complex. PSRC students will have double occupancy rooms. 

Tenet 3: Scholarly Engagement

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences study people and cultures (cultural & global studies, English, history, women & gender studies, world languages), communities (political science & public administration, museum studies, sociology, social work), the human mind (psychology), and the fundamental questions of human life (anthropology, philosophy, religion). We encourage our students to seek out and learn from curricular and co-curricular activities. PSRC students also have study away opportunities to examine culture and advocacy within the US.

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