With all of its students required to live on campus, Saint Michael’s boasts a strong residential and student life program. Students at Saint Michael’s support some 40 student organizations devoted to academics, the arts, community involvement, and sports and fitness. A strong and active Edmundite Campus Ministry program and an extensive community service program, Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE), results in approximately 70 percent of the student body being engaged in service of some type. Saint Michael’s also has its own full-service, student-staffed fire and rescue squad. The fire squad operates as a battalion of the Colchester Fire Department.
In 2013, the College completed construction of the $30 million Dion Family Student Center and Quad Commons Residence Hall. The new facility also serves to connect four of the College’s existing residence halls. The striking four-story facade of the Dion Center has become the new “front door” of the campus. To create even more residential living options, the College recently constructed a 188-bed, apartment-style residence hall.
The Saint Michael’s athletic program is well integrated with the central educational mission and values of the College. It sponsors NCAA Division II competition in 21 men’s and women’s sports. The College’s NCAA Division II Academic Success Rate has been consistently above 97 percent, ranking the College first in the NE10, and among the top three positions in all of Division II. The athletic department also sponsors a strong intramural program and club teams in men’s and women’s rugby. Its Adventure Sports Center provides opportunities for students to participate or become skilled leaders in a variety of outdoor sports during all seasons, as well as administering a popular skiing program at a nearby resort. Approximately 25 percent of the students participate in athletics; another 40 percent participate in recreational programs.
The College has had a long history of stable enrollments. Given demographic and economic pressures and increased competition for students desirous of a liberal arts education in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the leadership at Saint Michael’s made a strategic decision to get somewhat smaller while increasing its academic profile and diversity. In the fall of 2017, the College will welcome one of the most academically talented and diverse classes in its history. It is also one of the smallest in recent times. Enrollment from outside New England has grown modestly. Transfer recruitment and enrollment is a priority for the College.