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
Students must pay a nonrefundable $300 room deposit to reserve a
room on campus. 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 transfers.
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. Effective Fall of 2014 - Bergen
(NJ) and Fairfield (CT) will be added to the current list of local
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 should outline this change in
the letter. All requests will be reviewed by the Office of
Residence Life, who will confer with the Office of Financial
Aid if the request is due to a change in financial
circumstances. 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 final. Request can be delivered to the Office of
Residence Life located in Hudson Hall, room 117.
You can review the Residence Life Policies, Housing Agreement,
Drug & Alcohol Policy, and other information in the Mount Saint Mary College Student Handbook