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 RBCommunity, as well as formal admission to the Broad College, once the BASE criteria are fulfilled.

Eligibility 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.

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be admitted to MSU
  • Apply to the Residential Business Community
  • Be a U.S. citizen

Students from the state of Michigan must be from:

  • High schools defined as underserved (at least 40 percent of students eligible for free/reduced lunches)

Preference is given to Pell Grant-eligible students

Select Eligible School Districts

  • Battle Creek Public Schools
  • Beecher Community School District
  • Cassopolis Public Schools
  • Cesar Chavez Academy
  • Charlevoix Public Schools
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Dowagiac Union School District
  • East Detroit Public Schools
  • Escanaba Area Public Schools
  • Fenton Area Public Schools
  • Flint School District
  • Fraser Public Schools
  • Genesee School District
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Jackson Public Schools
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Kalkaska Public Schools
  • Kentwood Public Schools
  • Lamphere Public Schools
  • L’Anse Area Schools
  • Lansing Public School District
  • Marshall Public Schools
  • Menominee Area Public Schools
  • Muskegon, Public Schools
  • North Dickinson County Schools
  • Northview Public Schools
  • Ojibwe Charter School
  • Ontonagon Area School District
  • Rockford Public Schools
  • Saginaw School District
  • Sault Ste. Marie Area Schools
  • Wayne-Westland Community School District

Full list of ALL eligible schools

Application Deadline

Preference is given to students who apply by by April 22, 2019, although applications will be accepted until 50 students are admitted.

If selected, students must commit to being part of RBC, including living in McDonel Residence Hall.

Maintaining Admission

Requirements to maintain Broad College admission will be confirmed at the conclusion of the third semester* at MSU (not including summer enrollment). Students must:

  • Completion of CSE 102, STT 200, EC 201/202, Tier 1 Writing in three fall/spring semesters
  • Achieve a 3.0 minimum GPA
  • 3.0 GPA of STT/EC/WRA courses (collective GPA, not 3.0 in each individual course)
  • Have a minimum of 28 cumulative credits

* If the precore course requirements are completed early, status will be confirmed at that time.

Contact the RBC

  • Residential Business Community
  • McDonel Hall
  • 817 E Shaw Ln Rm C101
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • Phone: (517) 884-4080