Honors Learning Communities

The HLC and Residential Life

As an honors student at MU you may choose, but are not required, to live in an Honors Learning Community (HLC). Co-ed floors reserved for Honors Residence students in one of two halls, Mark Twain Hall and Schurz Hall, both of which have special areas for studying and socializing, on-site Honors advising (Twain Tuesdays and Schurzday Thursday), and encourage you to participate broadly in the Honors experience and residential life at Mizzou.

FALL 2020 Residential Life HLC and COVID-19

As with many things, our HLC plans are evolving quickly due to ongoing COVID planning and necessary changes. MU continues to work with various health agencies, our own public health experts, and the ongoing knowledge about the virus.

  • For specific needs or questions regarding the housing process, move-in, and residential life contracts, contact housing@missouri.edu or leave a message for a return call at 573-882-7275.
  • Residential Life will send information related to move-in and COVID safety measures this summer. Watch your MU email account.


What is MU doing to prepare for students’ to move in on campus?
  • Multi-day move-in, with scheduled times (and strict adherence to that schedule)
  • Enhanced pre-cleaning within the halls
  • Working with partners across campus to collaborate on social distancing measures and to stay up-to-date on current health protocols.
What COVID-related items do I need to bring to campus?
  • Face coverings (re-usable, washable)
  • Hand sanitizer, alcohol-based with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cleaning supplies (i.e., sanitizing wipes)
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Thermometer
  • If applicable and possible, an extra month supply of any prescription medication
  • Any resources needed to complete classwork remotely
What will residence hall living “look like” in this new era?
  • Residential Life will be housing students with roommates/suitemates/apartment mates and that all halls/suites/apartments have shared space of some kind, be it a room, bathroom, kitchen, and/or living room.
  • We ask all students to take responsibility to care for oneself and others in their community and to adhere to the University and CDC guidelines on how best to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Residential Life will help students navigate COVID related safety measures within shared space; we are working with partners across campus on effective social distancing measures, helping students stay up-to-date on current health protocols, implementing a restricted or limited visitation policy, and restricting or limiting uses of common space.
  • We are evaluating all residential programming to limit group sizes while still offering plenty of opportunities to build community and get involved.
What to do if you feel that you can’t live the halls due to COVID?
  • Students with compelling circumstances related to COVID-19 should contact Residential Life directly to discuss an exemption request.
What will happen when a student becomes infected with the coronavirus?
  • Residential Life has an isolation/quarantine procedure, designed to minimize risk of exposure to the community while providing students in isolation/quarantine a safe, supportive, and comfortable environment.


Mark Twain Hall (Honors West)

This hall takes its name, affectionately, from Missouri’s famous author. Remodeled in the Fall of 2013, Mark Twain Hall hosts 380 students between seven floors. The building offers both single and double suites to its residents. Students will find ample study space between study rooms and house lounges located on each floor. The basement of Mark Twain Hall features a full kitchen, laundry room, meeting room, practice room for musicians and a fully equipped computing site. It also features living and learning communities that are sure to keep students active and engaged in the hall.

Inside and around Mark Twain Hall you will find a number of amenities designed to help you succeed in your classes and make your stay more enjoyable. The building is located on the northwest end of campus near the College of Engineering, Education, and Journalism. Nearby attractions include Peace Park, the MKT Trail, and Downtown Columbia. The MARK on 5th Street is located right inside Mark Twain Hall.

Check out the video below for a brief tour of Mark Twain Hall.


Schurz Hall (Honors East)

This residence is named for Carl Schurz, a former U.S. Senator from Missouri and United States Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and James Garfield. The top floors of the hall are the Honors floors, and it is a co-ed residence.

Schurz is a community-style residence with shared baths, and there are both single and double rooms available; some rooms are ADA accessible. Honors students may choose to live in Schurz with a non-Honors roommate, and you will be assigned designated floors.

Inside and around Schurz Hall you will find a number of amenities designed to help you succeed in your classes and make your stay more enjoyable. The building is located near CAFNR, the Vet School, and many of our science labs, greenhouses, and the Bond Life Science Building. Baja Grill is located inside of Schurz (in the underground connector between the residence hall and Hatch Hall) and it is very near Plaza 900. Nearby attractions include Buck’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Mizzou Meat Market, as well as being conveniently located close to Downtown Columbia and the shops and restaurants just off of Route 63.

Check out the video below for a brief tour of Schurz Hall.


Honors Freshman Interest Groups (FIG)

A FIG is a Freshman Interest Group, a living-learning community involving about 20 students who live together in the same residence hall and take three classes together in their first semester. FIG students also meet once a week for the 1-credit Freshman Proseminar, a course taught by the peer advisor for each FIG. Peer advisors are usually juniors or seniors in a major related to the subject matter of a FIG. Each FIG also has a faculty mentor.

Honors Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) are available in a number of interest areas. In most honors Figs, two of the three courses in the FIG are honors courses or honors sections of regularly offered courses.

For more information about FIGs, please visit the Freshman Interest Group website.

  • Honors Experience
    Open to all honors students, regardless of major. Students in this community practice critical thinking skills and participate in unique Honors College opportunities.
  • Honors Pre-Med
    Get help in your studies and in preparing for future graduate applications. Network with Honors College faculty. Gain confidence in your future and place here at Mizzou.
  • Walter Williams Journalism Scholars
    Learn the fundamentals of journalism, explore different career paths and find your strengths. Examine how culture on campus and diversity relate to journalism. Develop meaningful connections with fellow journalism students and faculty.
  • Honors Journalism
    Gain the skills, mentorship and inspiration necessary to succeed in journalism. Challenge yourself to think critically about the changing media landscape, how your talents can serve different audiences, and how you can prepare for a fulfilling career.