As important as the classroom and the chapel are to the lives of our students, much of the education that we offer—the formation of the integral person—takes place within our student residences, St. Joseph’s Residence (for men) and St. Mary’s Residence (for women). Our residences are places of deep significance, where friendships are born, great fun is had, Compline is sung as a community, and prayer about life’s most pressing concerns are offered up.
When guests visit, we hear again and again about how they are impressed by our student residences. Each building was designed in the typical New England colonial style with clapboard siding, brick, and shuttered windows. The residences become a “home away from home” for the students enrolled at the college. We are grateful to those who built our campus and provided spaces to live that are conducive to study, rest, and community life.
Over four years of study, the residences become the heart of student leisure, friendship, and recreation. The residences are separated by sex, without inter-visitation, and arranged to foster the growth of the individual and the community as a whole. Each residence has a large living room, a chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, study areas, a recreation room, an exercise room, and laundry facilities. Each bedroom accommodates several students with bunk beds, wardrobes, storage spaces, and an en-suitebathroom.
Two Residence Assistants reside in each dorm, supported by our Dean of Student Life who also resides on campus. The RAs are available to listen, guide, protect, and support students as they undertake the great adventure of liberal education.
Our Office of Student Life is an active part of the collegiate life, ordering its own activities to the larger mission of liberal education. Student life staff are available to assist students with needs ranging from access to medical care, time management, and upcoming events. The student life office also provides a space where students can relax, get a cup of hot cocoa, andengage in conversation.The college’s student life principles and policies are rooted in a Catholic understanding of human nature and purpose. They are designed to encourage and support the pursuit of virtuous living ordered to the joyful pursuit of wisdom. See Student Life Policiesfor specific information.
Our Beautiful Campus
Our 135-acre campus is located in the foothills of Mt. Kearsarge, an area of pine and hardwood forest, open fields, and stone walls that are remnants of a late nineteenth- century farm. The morning fogs that rise over the Mink Hills and the sunsets that greet worshipers as they leave Mass on Sunday evenings strike every visitor, and that beauty is evident in all four seasons.
St. Joseph’s Residence
St. Joseph’s Residence is the home of the college’s men. St. Joseph’s has a common room, a recreation room, a laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers, a workout room, and a chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Each student is provided with his own furniture set. All rooms are multi-person housing and include:
Two private bathrooms with two showers
Twin-size/Twin XL bunk beds
St. Mary’s Residence
St. Mary’s Residence is the home of the college’s women. St. Mary’s has a common room, a laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers, an exercise room, and a chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Each student is provided with their own furniture set. All rooms are multi-person housing and include:
One private bathroom with a shower/tub and separate toilet
Twin-size bunk beds w/ trundle drawers
One space heater
Applicants to the college are encouraged to visit campus or take our virtual tour. Through these, potential students can experience first-hand the student residences and ask questions about residential life.
Several Magdalen students met Bishop Barron during his recent trip to Harvard University! They resonated deeply with his appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition, the subject of his address at Harvard‘s Memorial Church.
What a gift he is to our Catholic Church! I am happy for you, Mary Grace🙏🏻🕊
What is a Catholic approach to alcohol? Listen to the latest episode of Magdalen‘s “From the￼ Summit” podcast for a fascinating conversation with Dr. Jared Staudt on fasting, feasting, friendship … and drinking for the glory of God. Listen at magdalen.edu/about/podcast.
Magdalen students welcomed students from Dartmouth College for a brunch and hike up Mt. Kearsarge. Thanks to Fr. Timothy Danaher (Director of Aquinas House at Dartmouth) and Fr. Ethan Moore for celebrating Mass on top of the mountain. ￼
“Pasta with the President” is a time when Magdalen students come to the President’s Residence for a home cooked meal and fellowship with the President’s family. The freshman recently enjoyed lasagna, brownies, and ice cream! ￼