About Us

What is Residential Life?

The Office of Residential Life is responsible for the administration of and student life within the residence halls on campus at Mount Holyoke. We foster leadership, promote understanding of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, encourage cooperative decision-making, and support activities that allow students to uncover and broaden their interests. Each student's development is facilitated through the empowerment to solve problems, engage in and be active within a residential community.

Our office encompasses six professional staff and about 90 student leaders (CAs and SCAs) who live in the halls and serve as mentors and resources for the students there. There is a Community Advisor (CA) responsible for every floor and a Senior Community Advisor (SCA) in every building.

Residential Life is also responsible for building community in the residence halls through programming and maintaining community standards by addressing policy violations in the halls through restorative practices and the disciplinary process. All roommate conflicts, room changes, room assignments, and room lottery processes are addressed through the Office of Residential Life as well.

Residential Life is many things, but it is not Facilities Management. Residential Life does not do any of the physical work of maintaining a residence hall such as housekeeping or maintenance. Although we often help students by advocating for them and helping them navigate other offices, if a student is struggling with a maintenance or housekeeping issue, they must contact Facilities Management directly. We are here to help students build, maintain and enjoy vibrant hall communities in their residence halls.

Our Purpose

To partner with Mount Holyoke College students in creating and engaging in inclusive, compassionate and authentic communities.

Our Approach

The Office of Residential Life supports the academic mission of the College by providing a residential environment for learning that respects and appreciates individual differences and promotes a sense of community. The office is respectful, supportive and helpful to students as they navigate through their residential experience, even when the answer they receive is disappointing. The office is dedicated to supporting students as they progress through their college years.

Supporting the Be Well Model of the College:

  • Healthy Mind: We provide space and opportunities to engage the mind, focus on studies, and have healthy dialogue that develops emotionally resilient learners.
  • Healthy Body: We help students find their best self by providing opportunities for active engagement, education on health and wellness, and a home for restorative sleep.
  • Healthy Life: We teach students life skills such as conflict management, positive confrontation, appreciating differences, and thoughtful decision making.
  • Healthy Community: We strive to create vibrant communities where students can learn to understand others, celebrate together, and develop healthy friendships.