First-Year Residence Halls

During their first year at Saint Mary's College of California, students live in our residence halls with other new students.   

First-Year Residential Experience

Saint Mary's College strongly believes in the value of the on-campus residential experience for first-year students. Numerous studies have shown students who live on-campus during their first year at college:

  • Earn better grades, have higher GPA's, and finish college sooner
  • Develop stronger ties to the college and have a greater sense of belonging to the campus community
  • Report having greater opportunities to interact with faculty and feel more connected to their educational experiences
  • Build more meaningful and lasting relationships with their peers.

“I had an amazing first year-living situation. It was so wonderful and welcoming and became a haven for me to return to after a long day of classes. Everyone's doors were always open, making it easy to walk around and make friends. Our RA would make treats for us every Monday night, allowing us to gather outside of her room and talk about our day, weekend, and classes. It was an amazing way to create community and feel at home while I made that transition from high school to college." - Kate Perdue '20

 

For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, the First-Year Residency Requirement is being temporarily suspended. We encourage all first-year students, if they can, to live on campus to take advantage of all of the benefits provided by living on campus.