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 prior to admission to the Broad College of Business.
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 four 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, 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 101 and business communications (BUS 250) 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:
“RBC has allowed me to grow so much professionally and as a student. It has brought me many of my best friends and makes Michigan State feel more like home. This program is necessary to any incoming business student.”
“RBC gave me the resources I needed to be successful and also established friendships that I know I will carry long past college.”
“RBC is a great program for business students that allowed me to successfully get into The School of Hospitality Business, and I met my best friends through this program. I would highly recommend any business student to become involved with RBC, as it is a great experience.”
“One of my favorite parts of the Residential Business Community is that there are always so many resources available for you. Whether it may be tutoring, help rooms or advisors, there are so many ways for you to succeed.”
“RBC is the best opportunity to get involved in business during freshman year. From corporate trips that take you out of state to a case competition only available to members, RBC gives early opportunities that other students may never get.
“RBC helped me academically, socially and professionally. It connected me with multiple people with similar interests as me and two years later, most of my friends are the ones I made in RBC.”
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 230 freshmen are admitted to the RBC each fall, representing a little more than 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 McDonel Hall.
The application consists of a resume, short answer essays and a short application form. Your resume should include your leadership, community service, scholarship and other extracurricular activities, as well as any work experience that you may have.
Students may apply to the Residential Business Community through the online application. If you prefer a paper application, please call 517-884-4087.
The Broad Academic Success Experience (BASE) is a pilot initiative that seeks to increase the participation of first-year students in the Residential Business Community (RBC) from diverse geographic areas, specifically under-served school districts. Students admitted to BASE will experience all the benefits of being part of the RBC. Broad College admission will be maintained if students meet specific criteria.
Eligible students will be reviewed based on their MSU and RBC admissions applications (including ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA). Acceptance to the BASE Program is competitive.
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.