The Residential Business Community (RBC) is preparing tomorrow’s leaders to successfully oversee a diverse and multicultural world by promoting, enhancing and supporting academic, personal and professional growth of students.
The RBC experience prepares students to be business leaders and encourages their own professional development throughout their college experience. This community living experience assists students in acquiring the relational skills necessary to succeed and lead in today’s global society. And through a seamless environment of academic and experiential learning activities, students develop business leadership competencies in a collaborative, inclusive, multicultural environment.
Students who participate in the RBC experience three significant benefits:
Students will strive to develop into leaders who are ethical, fair and committed to doing the right thing.
Students will integrate compelling, well-rounded communication as the foundation to generate action, create understanding and build relationships.
Students will be inspired to take action and create positive, sustainable, transformational changes.
Students will develop into business leaders who navigate global, cross-cultural and diverse teams.
Students will be encouraged to build individual strength, take responsibility for the integrity and quality of their work, and engage in impactful exercises that shape responsible global citizens.
Students will be challenged to think about the legacy they will leave in their professional journeys.
RBC students consistently perform better in the classroom than non-RBC business students. Students participating in the Residential Business Community will be enrolled in special reserved sections of high-demand freshman classes such as writing and math. They will also be enrolled each semester in a one-credit seminar designed specifically to meet the transition-to-MSU needs of first-year business students.
Free tutorial services occur in the River Trail Engagement Center (located in McDonel Hall) for math, writing, economics, accounting, statistics, computer science, etc. Tutoring is also available in multiple core business courses through the Broad College’s Multicultural Business Programs Tutorial Program.
Students will have access to an academic advisor for one-on-one sessions. Students can gain valuable advice on the courses they are taking and how to plan their college careers.
Students also have access to special sections of writing, math, CSE 102 and statistics prerequisite courses.
The Leadership Legacy Series encourages participation in leadership workshops, Broad College events, student involvement experiences, corporate networking and community engagement sessions that focus on these learning goals:
Fun, organized networking events are planned throughout the year including the following:
"The RBC provides you with meaningful connections, courses and community members right from the start of your career at MSU. I give credit to the faculty and students involved in the RBC for the enjoyable, valuable and manageable business opportunities I have had."
"The best decision I made coming into Michigan State was joining the RBC. This living, learning, and leadership community made a large university feel like home. I credit the RBC faculty for the meaningful connections I made during my freshman year. The RBC gave me the tools and resources to be successful"
"My favorite part about RBC is the relationships you are able to develop in such a short period of time. RBC excels the process of forming friendships, corporate relationships, and exposes you to a large network that will put you a step ahead of other students during your freshman year!"
"The RBC has been an incredible resource for my personal and professional development. I'm extremely grateful and proud to be part of a program that has given me such invaluable guidance and support. For any student looking to accelerate their success at Michigan State, the RBC is the place to be."
“RBC creates a family environment for business students”
"The RBC encourages students to be the best business leaders they could possibly be, inside and outside of the classroom. The connections I have made in the RBC will last beyond my time here at MSU. Being a part of the RBC has truly enhanced my Spartan experience in more ways than I can count. "
"...RBC was instrumental to my success during my first year at MSU. The skills I learned have helped me expand my network, perfect interview strategies, and secure summer internships. As an out-of-state student, the residential and social components of RBC made it easy to make friends and find my place at MSU."
"I love having the resources available within this community to connect with others that are equally motivated and driven to be successful business leaders of the future."
McDonel Hall is conveniently located just a short walk away from the Business College Complex. First-year RBC students live on the first, second, or third floors of East McDonel and are assigned a roommate in the RBC cohort. Upon request, there are spaces also available for RBC students who prefer a non-business roommate.
Upper-class (second year and beyond) Broad College students can live throughout McDonel Hall and may choose their roommate; third floor West has been designated an RBC returning student floor community. The fourth floor West is an Honors College floor option that is open to first-year or upper-class students.
McDonel Hall is a suite-style hall that houses the River Trail Neighborhood Engagement Center, which provides:
Students participating in the RBC will be enrolled in special reserved sections of high-demand freshman classes such as writing and mathematics. They are also required to register for one-credit seminar courses designed to enhance students’ academic, career and professional development experiences as future business leaders.
Reserved sections of BUS 101 in the fall semester are required for students participating in the RBC community. This 14-week seminar will assist in students’ academic development and allow them to develop relationships with the Eli Broad College of Business faculty, staff and upperclassmen early in their academic career and become aware of resources that will help them succeed at MSU. The course also empowers students to set academic, career and leadership goals.View in Course Catalog
This 10-week seminar is required for RBC students. It’s designed to assist students in the exploration of professional fields in business, as well as to introduce students to the career management center and other available career services. It provides opportunities to meet professionals in the field, practice communication and presentation skills, and interact with peers in small group teams.View in Course Catalog
This course is an advanced version of the BUS 101 and 102 introductory courses. Topics that will be addressed include: multicultural competence, professional decision making and identity development, career strategies, working in a diverse team and developing professional mentor relationships.View in Course Catalog
The RBC experience builds a legacy of leaders by providing a variety of experiential learning opportunities and fostering professional competency skills desired by recruiters. Emerging leader retreats and spring corporate trips are held each year with activities such as:
“The RBC has allowed me to build incredible bonds with people since coming to Michigan State. I have learned incredible leadership skills and have had the chance to be involved in various positions and events throughout RBC.”
“The RBC has provided me great resources to succeed in school with both my classes and my career goals. It has also allowed me to gain some of my closest friends and truly has offered me a great college experience.”
“RBC allows you to live with others that have the same/similar major as you, which is great because you will have classes with them over your four years at MSU. It also provides great resources.”
“As an incoming freshman, the RBC truly helps set you apart from every other business student. It assists in the transition from high school to college and further prepares you for your professional future.”
“The RBC is so much more than just an academic organization; I have met many of my best friends through the RBC and have gained lifelong memories through RBC events.”
The RBC partners with leading companies for our comprehensive “Building Your Leadership Legacy” series. The program includes workshops, campus events, corporate networking, speaker series and community engagement. This partnership develops professional skills desired by corporate recruiters.
Below are just some of the companies that have partnered with the RBC.
The RBC Mentorship Network promotes the student experience through experiential learning, professional skills development, leadership exploration and connections with upperclassmen, alumni and corporate partners. The network promotes relationships that foster a culture of success and professional leadership development.
Peer2Peer Mentor, which pairs first-year students with upperclassmen who have been in RBC. Students can ask questions about anything from where the best cafeteria on campus is to advice on how to succeed in classes and obtain internships.
The RBC Alumni Network, the second level of the program, focuses more on preparation for post-graduation by matching junior and senior mentees with RBC alumni. Students can ask questions about career paths and how to enhance their classroom lessons in the professional world.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Approximately 250 freshmen are admitted to the RBC each fall, representing about 10 percent of those coming to MSU and expressing interest in a business major.
Current MSU business students who have participated in the program previously may continue being involved and live in or away from McDonel Hall.
The application consists of a short application form. You should be prepared to answer short essay questions and to include your leadership, community service, scholarship and other extracurricular activities, as well as any work experience that you may have on the application.
Students may apply to the Residential Business Community through the online application. If you prefer a paper application, please call 517-884-4085. The application period is January 15th through April 1st each year. (Attention – Fall 2022 application extended to April 8, 2022, 11:59PM)
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Students do not need to be committed to coming to MSU, however students must have your netID activated in order to apply. More information on how to activate your NetID can be found on the MSU Admissions website.
Students must be admitted to Michigan State University for Fall, 2022 and they must have their NetID information (see above). Students must complete the required application.
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When you receive the message, “We thank you for your time spent taking this survey. Your responses have been recorded,” you have successfully submitted your application.
The application deadline has been extended until April 8, 2022, 11:59pm.
Application review will begin April 2nd and decisions will be sent starting April 16th. Students will receive an email to their MSU accounts via the Confidential Message Registrar Office system with their decision regardless. Admitted students must accept the invitation no later than April 30th.
Yes! There is an honors floor in McDonel Hall.
If you are successfully admitted to the RBC program, our advisors will work to find a solution. There could potentially be exceptions for students if all other program requirements are fulfilled.
RBC students are required to live with RBC roommates. Having said that, non-business students who wish to pursue the Entrepreneurship Minor may apply to the RBC. If an RBC student does not request a roommate, the housing office will assign RBC students an RBC roommate.
Students will apply to the Broad College via the regular admissions process the semester they reach 28 credits and fulfill the designated requirements. At MSU New Student Orientation, an academic advisor will work with students to design a personalize schedule so they can become eligible to apply to the Broad College of Business. More details on the regular Broad admissions process can be found on the Broad College Undergraduate Admissions page.
Students will be required to fulfill academic milestones and the RBC leadership certificate requirements that will be outlined in their RBC admissions email when they are admitted to the RBC successfully.
The RBC is designed as a living-learning community that hosts a variety of opportunities and events for its students. Students in the program will live in East McDonel hall their first year and have access to a variety of corporate networking events, business seminars, small reserved classroom sections, designated academic advisors, and professional development events.
Admittance to RBC is completely independent from and does not include a direct admit commitment from Broad College. More information regarding Broad College Direct Admission may be found at, https://broad.msu.edu/undergraduate/admissions/direct/
No, not getting admitted to the RBC does not ruin your chances of being admitted to the Broad College later on. Unfortunately, we only have a limited number of seats in the program and are not able to take all applicants that apply.
No. Incoming students who are business preference or have an interest in Entrepreneurship who have been admitted to MSU may apply for admission to the RBC.
Apply today to become a part of the Residential Business Community at MSU.
Residential Business Community information sessions give an overview of the program, as well as a tour of McDonel Hall and the River Trail Neighborhood Engagement Center.
If you have more questions about the RBC experience and how it can help you succeed at MSU and as a future business professional, please contact us.