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Health Professions Residential College in Emmons Hall

Our Health Professions Residential College (HPRC) is a community within the university that supports you as an undergraduate student pursuing health-related professions. The unique living-learning environment helps prepare you for an optimal college experience and for future success in a health-related career.

The HPRC requires and supports your proactive engagement in community, leadership, academic service, and scholarly activities. Engagement in these core areas also helps you develop a comprehensive portfolio of experiences and qualifications for your future employment and/or continued professional/graduate school education.

If you choose this friendly, supportive community, you'll have opportunities to excel individually and as a part of a team through programming focused on academics, community building, volunteer service and leadership development.

The HPRC is a partnership service provided by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions and the Office of Residence Life. The HPRC is located on the second and third floors of Emmons Hall and is one of three residential colleges housed within the East Area Complex.


It is the mission of the HPRC to actively involve residents in community, leadership,  academic, service and scholarship enabling them to excel as leaders in the health professions. Below are specific requirements we expect you to meet as a resident of the HPRC. 

  • Be committed to academic excellence and to focus on coursework.
  • Attend Leadership Safari prior to the start of the academic year. Leadership Safari registration begins in May.
  • Attend the HPRC Orientation on the last day of Leadership Safari.
  • Register and fully complete HPS 101 (Introduction to the Health Professions), a freshman seminar class, your first semester.
  • Complete and document a minimum of 15 hours of community service each semester.
  • Uphold the behavioral standards and agreements of the HPRC and Residence Life for Emmons Hall, including adherence to the Alcohol and Tobacco-Free Policy (ATF Floor).
  • Sign a residence hall agreement with the Office of Residence Life and an HPRC commitment agreement with The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, including agreeing to an alcohol- and tobacco-free environment.
  • Attend one extra-curricular educational event per semester.
  • Attend monthly community meetings (four per semester).
  • Achieve a minimum first-semester GPA of 3.0. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall to return to HPRC at the beginning of spring semester (GPA's between 2.7 and 2.99 the student will be put on HPRC academic probation).
  • Meet with an academic advisor to plan your major before the end of your second semester at CMU.
  • Have a signed major or letter of intent by the end of the spring semester.

How to apply

We encourage you to apply early. Acceptances are made on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

Health Professions Residential College Application