CRC residents pose at their devocation

Chadbourne Residential College

How to Join

  1. Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
  2. Select the Chadbourne Residential College as your top choice when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  3. Prioritize learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  4. Receive your room assignment

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CRC made this campus feel a little smaller and allowed me to meet other first-year students as excited about community engagement as I am.

Natalie K., CRC Resident


CRC members enjoy a Thanksgiving event

CRC First-Year Seminar
Integrated Liberal Studies 138 | 1 Credit

This seminar is a small, discussion-based class where 8-12 students and one instructor, assisted by one former CRC resident have the opportunity to engage in discussion and critical analysis about life and learning at UW-Madison. The class can help you ease your transition into college, as it allows you to get more instructor-student interaction and more dialogue and friendship with other students than in a typical large, lecture-based class. The seminar is taught in Chadbourne Residence Hall, which helps support the integration of your social and academic life on campus.

CRC residents will also have the opportunity to engage with faculty and staff in special topics seminars. These can range from the intersection of art and activism to courses focused on residents getting out into the greater Madison community and doing volunteer work. These topics change on a regular basis but are all designed to get our residents connected to faculty, staff, and each other.

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Community Goals

  • Give first-year students fun and intellectually engaging opportunities to get to know sophomore, juniors, seniors, faculty, staff, and community partners
  • Offer small courses and course sections in a variety of subject matters for residents to take
  • Have fun and learn from each other, faculty, and staff during events in and outside of the learning community

CRC is an outstanding platform that will help you develop your potential through interpersonal connections and academic and extracurricular engagement. CRC blends academics with residential hall life. You will learn as much from fellow residents as from formal academics, so we strive to offer the benefits of a small liberal arts college within our world-class research university. In fact, the CRC is committed to empowering its students to become liberally educated leaders and citizens.

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Events & Activities

The CRC Common Read is one of the first opportunities each fall for our entire community to have a shared intellectual experience. The programs and events associated with our book serve as catalysts for us to experience interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement as an integral part of CRC and UW-Madison. CRC also has a variety of signature programs that are offered year-round. Some of these include:

  • Academic advising
  • CRC Olympics
  • Discussion and community forums
  • Interest groups
    Common reads
  • Late night breakfast once per semester

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CRC Professional Staff

Claire Bailey-Marren

Position title: Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) Advisor

Jeffrey Beneker

Position title: Faculty Director of CRC
Professor of Classics

Kelly Giese

Position title: Residence Life Assistant Director

Marcia Hatcher

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator

Kim Lowe

Position title: Residence Life Program Manager