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Chadbourne Residential College is located in:

Chadbourne Hall
420 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706-1489


Barnard Hall
970 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1397

Chadbourne Residential College

Barnard is celebrating its 100th birthday! Click to learn more about this historic hall.

Our Mission

As a partnership between University Housing and the College of Letters and Science, Chadbourne Residential College (CRC) is a vibrant community of students, staff, and faculty committed to interdisciplinary learning and civic engagement for the purpose of developing responsible, invested citizens in our local and global communities.

Integrating Academic Learning with Residential Life and Citizenship

CRC (Chadbourne & Barnard Halls) is an outstanding platform for helping students develop their potential through interpersonal connections and academic and extracurricular engagement. Co-sponsored by the College of Letters & Science and University Housing, CRC blends academic with residential hall life. Students learn as much from each other as from formal academics, so we strive to offer the benefits of a small liberal arts college within our world-class research university.

  • CRC gives first-year students fun and intellectually engaging opportunities to get to know sophomores, juniors, seniors, faculty, staff, and community partners.
  • CRC offers the most small courses and course sections. UW-Madison courses reserved for CRC residents include CRC seminars and special topics, math, Afro-American Studies, chemistry, history, journalism, English, women's studies, political science, sociology, and others.
  • CRC residents have fun and learn from each other, faculty, and staff during our trips to museums, plays and musical events, our inter-floor competitions and formal social dinners, our "What Matters to Me and Why"; series where prominent scholars speak personally about their work, and our monthly social "teas," ski trips, and Common Read programs.

CRC Annual Report

Curious what last year's residents got to experience while living in CRC? Check it out!

Liberal Education

"Only Connect" [PDF] article on liberal education - written by CRC's first faculty director, Bill Cronon