Residence Life


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 goals. 

Residence Life policies include a three-year residency requirement. 

Three-Year Housing Requirement (from Requirements for Residency)

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.

When space allows, single occupancy rooms for incoming freshmen students may be available. Requests should be made, in writing, to the Office of Residence Life prior to the housing application deadline.

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 counties.

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 (PDF).  


Main Phone: 845-569-3111

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