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 and St. Mary’s. Our residence are places of deep significance for our alumni as well, places where friendships were born, great fun (with some mischief) was found, Compline could be sung as a community, and places where prayer about life’s most pressing concerns could be offered up in each residential chapel.
When potential students visit, we hear again and again about how they are impressed by our student residences. Because each was built to look and be experienced as a home, they are much nicer than those found at other schools where function was the beginning and end of every consideration. We are grateful to those who designed our campus for taking care to provide places to live that are beautiful, conducive to study and rest, and places that our students are proud to call home.
Most students of the college reside on campus in one of the single-sex residences which were built with clapboard siding, brick, and shuttered windows.
St. Joseph’s Residence and St. Mary’s Residence each have 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 a bathroom.
The Dean of Men and two Resident Assistants reside in St. Joseph’s while the Dean of Women, and two Resident Assistants reside in St. Mary’s. Each member of the student life staff is hired with a view toward his or her strong Catholic faith, practical experience, love of the academic mission, common sense, professionalism, commitment to virtue, and commitment to the integral formation of the students. They are available to listen, guide, protect, and support students as they undertake the great adventure of liberal education.
Our Office of Student Life—staffed by a Dean of Students, a Dean of Men, and a Dean of Women—is an important 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 Office of Student Life also provides a physical space where students can relax, meet together, get a cup of hot cocoa, watch videos, or engage in conversation.
The college’s student life policies encourage and support the pursuit of virtuous living ordered to the joyful pursuit of wisdom.
The college encourages students to live on campus in order to participate fully in the collegiate community. Students who live on campus simply receive more of what the college has to offer.
The campus grounds are located in a mountainous region and include 135 acres of pine and hardwood forest, open fields, and stone walls that are remnants of the late nineteenth- century. The morning fogs that rise over the Mink hills and the sunsets that welcome worshipers as they leave Mass on Sunday evenings strike every visitor, but are only the beginning of the natural beauty that the campus offers.
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.
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:
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:
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.