Housing Communities

Saint Michael’s College is a four-year residential college. All full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus. Exceptions include those students who live with their parents/guardians locally or who are financially self-supporting according to federal guidelines (with appropriate documentation). Housing requirements do not pertain to graduate students, married students or students with children. The College cannot accommodate married/family student housing during the academic year.


 

GREAT Housing (Alcohol and Drug Free Living Communities)

Students living in GREAT Housing are members of the first-year, sophomore, junior and senior classes who wish to live in alcohol-free environments governed by an individual’s commitment to the program and secondly by the GREAT Housing living contract. Students choosing to live in GREAT Housing are agreeing to live a lifestyle that does not allow alcohol and/or other drugs to negatively affect the community of which they are a valuable member. GREAT Housing communities fall under the larger umbrella theme of Wellness.

As such, students will recognize and affirm that choice in their daily actions by signing a contract with their community, and the College, to uphold the ideals of GREAT Housing. The purpose of such a program is to provide students with a comfortable and safe living environment free from the pressures associated with alcohol and other drugs. The communities which form tend to be closer due to this common bond. Opportunities to meet new friends are furthered through access to the “Club House” – a space to hang out, socialize, meet other GREAT people, learn about GREAT things, have dances, movie nights, special dinners, AA or Al-anon meetings, educational programs with a GREAT twist, but more importantly a place to be yourself. This year, students living in GREAT Housing have participated in outings which have included roller skating, touring a sugarhouse and learning about the production of maple syrup, various trips to downtown Burlington and Church Street, and a COLOR Run Race.  Additionally, all students in GREAT Housing will be asked to participate in a least one GREAT Housing Program Committee. There will be several committees formed in order to enhance and facilitate the GREAT Housing Program. Some examples of previous committees: programming committee, weekend events committee, running the GREAT Housing “Club House”, evaluation committee, and a student conference committee.

GREAT Housing is located within Canterbury Hall.

Honors Housing

The Honors Program at Saint Michael’s College provides additional challenges and opportunities to outstanding students through group discussion, research and extracurricular activities. Students in the Honors Program may decide to live within Honors Housing. Students living within Honors Housing will still be participating in the larger umbrella theme of Leadership.

Priority is given to those incoming first-year students who have been invited to join the Honors Program by the Faculty Honors Program Committee. Additional space within Honors Housing in the first-year areas will be filled by those students who have/are predicted to have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Honors Housing provides a community living experience that is supportive of students’ academic success and interests and promotes students’ academic and co-curricular leadership.

Honors Housing is comprised of double rooms within the first-year buildings for incoming students. Additionally, Honors Housing for upper-class students is located within some suite-style housing as well as a floor of doubles in Alumni Hall.

LGBTQ and Allies

Saint Michael’s College and the Residence Life Office are committed to providing comfortable, welcoming, and safe housing options for all students. We are pleased to offer various types of on-campus accommodations, which meet the needs of a thriving and diverse population.  Please contact Kerri Leach, Assistant Dean of Students /Director of Student Activities, at kleach@smcvt.edu or 802.654.2568 if you have specific questions regarding your housing accommodation for the current or following year.

Global Experience Academic Residential Program (GEAR)

This residential initiative recognizes that international immersion and global awareness are indispensable for a 21st century education and provides a unique opportunity for students to experience life as a Global citizen. GEAR emphasizes personal relationships, linguistic, cultural, global immersion, and networking opportunities with peers from around the globe. It is a space where our students, staff, and faculty interested in being in an international environment where cross-national and intercultural exchanges take place can come to form a strong scholarly and social community.

GEAR allows students to live globally. Located in Cashman Hall, one of our new suite complexes, the Global Experience Academic Residential Program serve as a focal point on campus for students to immerse in an international world, dialogue about global issues with peers, and live with people from around the world. As one student put it, it is indeed being immersed in a purposefully designed international environment and experiencing the world without leaving campus. Due to the high demand of GEAR, students are eligible to apply to the program at the end of their first year. In order for their application to be competitive, we encourage first year students to be involved in international programming during their first year on campus, prior to submitting their application.

The goals of GEAR are to…

  • Provide American and international students with an opportunity to live together in a living and learning laboratory that combines both active and passive learning
  • Expose students to global, cross-national and cross-cultural exchanges and engage them in cross-cultural and cross-national dialogue
  • Strengthen Saint Michael’s goals to provide all of our students with global perspectives, understanding, and connections
  • Prepare students to be successful in a world that is Global and diverse
  • Enhance students cultural competence and international awareness
  • Prepare students to engage professionally with confidence in a globally interconnected world
  • Provide students from different cultures and nations with opportunities to establish lasting and meaningful friendships
  • Organize social and educational programs, and activities which foster international understanding by encouraging interactions between peers from other nations, cultures, religions, and worldviews
  • Create the physical space and opportunity for students to reflect on the role they can play as global citizens

GREAT Housing (Alcohol and Drug Free Living Communities)

Students living in GREAT Housing are members of the first-year, sophomore, junior and senior classes who wish to live in alcohol-free environments governed by an individual’s commitment to the program and secondly by the GREAT Housing living contract. Students choosing to live in GREAT Housing are agreeing to live a lifestyle that does not allow alcohol and/or other drugs to negatively affect the community of which they are a valuable member. GREAT Housing communities fall under the larger umbrella theme of Wellness.

As such, students will recognize and affirm that choice in their daily actions by signing a contract with their community, and the College, to uphold the ideals of GREAT Housing. The purpose of such a program is to provide students with a comfortable and safe living environment free from the pressures associated with alcohol and other drugs. The communities which form tend to be closer due to this common bond. Opportunities to meet new friends are furthered through access to the “Club House” – a space to hang out, socialize, meet other GREAT people, learn about GREAT things, have dances, movie nights, special dinners, AA or Al-anon meetings, educational programs with a GREAT twist, but more importantly a place to be yourself. This year, students living in GREAT Housing have participated in outings which have included roller skating, touring a sugarhouse and learning about the production of maple syrup, various trips to downtown Burlington and Church Street, and a COLOR Run Race.  Additionally, all students in GREAT Housing will be asked to participate in a least one GREAT Housing Program Committee. There will be several committees formed in order to enhance and facilitate the GREAT Housing Program. Some examples of previous committees: programming committee, weekend events committee, running the GREAT Housing “Club House”, evaluation committee, and a student conference committee.

GREAT Housing is located within Canterbury Hall.

Honors Housing

The Honors Program at Saint Michael’s College provides additional challenges and opportunities to outstanding students through group discussion, research and extracurricular activities. Students in the Honors Program may decide to live within Honors Housing. Students living within Honors Housing will still be participating in the larger umbrella theme of Leadership.

Priority is given to those incoming first-year students who have been invited to join the Honors Program by the Faculty Honors Program Committee. Additional space within Honors Housing in the first-year areas will be filled by those students who have/are predicted to have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Honors Housing provides a community living experience that is supportive of students’ academic success and interests and promotes students’ academic and co-curricular leadership.

Honors Housing is comprised of double rooms within the first-year buildings for incoming students. Additionally, Honors Housing for upper-class students is located within some suite-style housing as well as a floor of doubles in Alumni Hall.

LGBTQ and Allies

Saint Michael’s College and the Residence Life Office are committed to providing comfortable, welcoming, and safe housing options for all students. We are pleased to offer various types of on-campus accommodations, which meet the needs of a thriving and diverse population.  Please contact Kerri Leach, Assistant Dean of Students /Director of Student Activities, at kleach@smcvt.edu or 802.654.2568 if you have specific questions regarding your housing accommodation for the current or following year.

Global Experience Academic Residential Program (GEAR)

This residential initiative recognizes that international immersion and global awareness are indispensable for a 21st century education and provides a unique opportunity for students to experience life as a Global citizen. GEAR emphasizes personal relationships, linguistic, cultural, global immersion, and networking opportunities with peers from around the globe. It is a space where our students, staff, and faculty interested in being in an international environment where cross-national and intercultural exchanges take place can come to form a strong scholarly and social community.

GEAR allows students to live globally. Located in Cashman Hall, one of our new suite complexes, the Global Experience Academic Residential Program serve as a focal point on campus for students to immerse in an international world, dialogue about global issues with peers, and live with people from around the world. As one student put it, it is indeed being immersed in a purposefully designed international environment and experiencing the world without leaving campus. Due to the high demand of GEAR, students are eligible to apply to the program at the end of their first year. In order for their application to be competitive, we encourage first year students to be involved in international programming during their first year on campus, prior to submitting their application.

The goals of GEAR are to…

  • Provide American and international students with an opportunity to live together in a living and learning laboratory that combines both active and passive learning
  • Expose students to global, cross-national and cross-cultural exchanges and engage them in cross-cultural and cross-national dialogue
  • Strengthen Saint Michael’s goals to provide all of our students with global perspectives, understanding, and connections
  • Prepare students to be successful in a world that is Global and diverse
  • Enhance students cultural competence and international awareness
  • Prepare students to engage professionally with confidence in a globally interconnected world
  • Provide students from different cultures and nations with opportunities to establish lasting and meaningful friendships
  • Organize social and educational programs, and activities which foster international understanding by encouraging interactions between peers from other nations, cultures, religions, and worldviews
  • Create the physical space and opportunity for students to reflect on the role they can play as global citizens