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Living on Campus

Living on campus is an exciting part of the traditional college experience that immerses you in learning more about yourself, the Mount culture around you and the role you will play as a leader within your community and abroad.

Surrounded by the Cactocin Mountains and the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, our small campus connects you in a way that is uniquely different from other colleges and univeristies in the area.  Here at the Mount, you will have an opportunity to grow spiritually, academically, socially, and personally just from getting involved and actively participating in what the Mount has to offer.

Living on campus puts you right in the middle of everything – from campus activities to club meetings. You're close to classes for mornings when “the alarm doesn't go off,” close to the library for late night cram sessions, and just a trailwalk away from the Catoctin Mountains, which means it’s easy to find space to breathe and reflect.

Residential Living

As a prospective incoming student at the Mount, you will receive housing information as a part of your admissions and orientation package.  First-year students, while encouraged are not required to live on campus.  All full-time undergraduate students are eligible to live in university-owned housing; unless they are enrolled as a commuter.  While we are not able to guarantee housing for graduate students; if available, housing options will be offered only after all undergraduate students have been assigned housing.

Both the Office of Residence and Student Life seek to create an enriched residential experience that supports the Mount's mission, especially in areas of spirituality, cultivating one's identity, respect for self/others, and citizenship.  Student Life is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment that fosters a sense of belonging while empowering students to advocate for themselves and engage in a life of service to others. 


  • 1460 bed campus
  • 8 residence halls [traditional, communal, & suite-style living]
  • 3 apartment complexes*, and
  • 5 cottages* 

*(which offer students an opportunity to develop independent-living skills with others)


Terms for Residential Status:

  • Resident - students who live in universtiy-owned housing
  • Non-Resident - students who live off-campus [Emmitsburg or neighboring location]
  • Commuter- students who live at home with a parent or guardian, within 50-miles to the Mount
  • Remote- students who have been granted approval by the Office of the Vice Provost to continue their studies online from their permanent residence.


Residence Hall Staff:

Our residence halls are run by professional staff which includes 34 resident assistants (RAs) and 5 community assistants (CAs) that will make you feel at home from day one. Transitioning from living at home can sometimes be difficult, so the low student-to-RA ratio ensures that students have maximum direct contact with their RAs. Whether you need help with school issues or just someone to listen, RAs and CAs at the Mount know the ropes and make the transition to campus life as smooth as possible.


Find out more about the Office of Residence Life and university housing.

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Neighbors 77% Students live on campus.
Diversity 44/37 States and international countries represented.
Parking 60% Of residents have cars - all have free parking.
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Choose Where You’ll Live

Students live on campus in traditional residence halls, suite-style housing, apartments or our University Cottages. Check out our housing options!

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Apply for Housing

All students apply to live in general housing, which includes Sheridan Hall, Pangborn Hall, Bradley Hall and areas of the Terrace Complex. Some opt to be considered for placement in an Integrated Learning Living Community (ILLC), but those who do not are randomly assigned to a building with others in their class year.

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Integrated Learning Living Communities

As an enhancement to living in one of our residence halls students can choose to participate in Integrated Learning Living Communities (ILLCs). In ILLCs your floormates are also your classmates. You share the same faculty adviser and take at least one course each semester with other members of your community. The ILLCs are designed for you to explore mutual connections, and interact with peers and faculty around topics related to your common academic interests.

  • The Honors ILLC

    The Honors ILLC connects gifted first-year students in the pursuit of shared goals and interests with faculty in co-curricular activities and lectures that complement their course work. Students will need to be accepted to the University Honors Program in order to apply to live in the Honors ILLC.

Housing FAQs

The answer to your first question is YES, all Mount students get free laundry onsite, free Wi-Fi, free cable TV and free parking. If you have other questions about living on campus, meal plans and other campus services check out our FAQs.


Meet Our Staff

We’re here to help, and make living on campus as comfortable and convenient as possible. Contact us anytime by phone (301) 447-5274 or email, or you are welcome to visit our offices in the McGowan Student Center, Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner

Associate Director Residence Life

Oversees the Apartments, Cottages, and Special Interest Houses


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