The primary focus of residential living at the College is
the development of an environment conducive to the
educational and personal growth of students.
This encourages students to live in a community setting
and learn from each other’s backgrounds. The college trains
residence life staff to help students achieve these
Residence Life policies include a three-year residency
Three-Year Housing Requirement (from Requirements for
To reserve a room on campus, a nonrefundable $300 room deposit
must be paid. Returning resident students will be asked to pay this
each spring before room selections. New incoming freshmen and
transfers will pay this deposit as part of the $450 Admissions
fee. June 1 is the deadline for special housing request
related to medical issues for all incoming freshmen and
All traditional full-time students with less than ninety
credits are required to live in campus housing for three
years, unless they live and reside at their permanent home
address, which must fall within one of the seven local
counties: Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Putnam,
Westchester, and Rockland.
With proper documentation, exceptions to the residence
requirement will be considered only in highly selective situations,
such as those stated in section A-3 of the occupancy
agreement, and as College enrollment allows.
Requests for exceptions must be submitted in writing to the
Director of Residence Life. Students requesting an exception due to
a change in financial circumstances will be asked to submit a special circumstances waiver
through the Office of Financial Aid before the request will be
reviewed by the Office of Residence Life. Find this form here.
Appeal hearings are conducted by a three (3) person panel made up
of staff from the College designated by the Office of Student
Affairs. The chair of the panel is the Director of Residence Life
or his/her designee. Decisions of the appeals board are
You can review the Residence Life Policies, Housing Agreement,
Drug & Alcohol Policy, and other information in the Mount Saint Mary College 2012 -
2013 Student Handbook (PDF).