The Philosophy Behind Student Life
Living at the Abbey
As a residential student, you are part of a rich community. Living and learning together, you will become aware and appreciative of the needs, lifestyles, cultures and diverse backgrounds of others. Life is strengthened and sustained by the connections and contributions generated through your day-to-day interactions within The Abbey community. Living with your peers on campus is one of the most important growth opportunities provided by Residence Life and the Student Life Staff. You will make friends and develop relationships that last a lifetime.
While becoming a part of The Abbey’s traditions, you will help each other transition into college life and become successful community members. We organize and reinforce social relations and establish common values that maintain our rich academic environment while focusing on the mind, body, and spirit supported by the Benedictine Hallmarks. These common values and goals characterize the distinctiveness of the community in which students identify themselves as Abbey students. The time leading up to check-in will be filled with anticipation, excitement, and some fear. This is completely normal. Our staff is here to assist you any way we can.
You will find basic information about life in our residence halls which will be a vital part of your college experience. Please read all the information carefully and do call if you have any questions. All incoming students must submit a Verification of Immunization Form and medical history prior to arriving on campus in August. Please see the Health Center section of this website for forms and more information.
Interested in becoming a Resident Assistant? Click here for all the info!
Important dates to remember :
- October 19 – 22: Residence Halls remain open for mid-semester break
- November 22 – 26: Residence Halls closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
- November 22: Residence Halls close 9:00 am
- November 26: Residence Halls open 2:00 pm
- December 16: Residence Halls close for Christmas Holiday at 9:00 am
- January 7: Residence Halls open for spring semester at 2:00 pm
- March 10 – 18: Residence Halls closed for mid-semester break
- March 10: Residence Halls close 9:00 am
- March 18: Residence Halls open 2:00 pm
- March 29 – April 2: Residence Halls remain open for the Easter Holiday
- May 5: Residence Halls close at 12:00 pm for non-graduating students
- May 13: Residence Halls close at 12:00 pm for graduating students
2018-2019 School Year information
Incoming residential students will choose meal plans and indicate residential preferences on the housing application. Students will be sent a housing application when they deposit.
- Poellath and O’Connell Halls: $2,914 (double room) or $1,651 (triple room) per semester
- Raphael Arthur Hall: $1,950 per semester
- Cuthbert Allen Apartments: $3,254 per semester
- St. Benedict and St. Scholastica Halls: $3,350 per semester
New student housing assignments are made according to the date of their BAC New Student Housing Application submission in MyHousing. Returning students select their rooms during room selection in April. They are given a start time for room selection. Their start time is based first on their class year (rising senior, rising junior, or rising sophomore) and second on their cumulative GPA. Click here for more information about Residence Halls.
- Basic Meal Plan- $2,133 per semester(plus tax), includes 14 meals per week w/ $200 Flex dollars
- Unlimited Meal Plan- $2,233 per semester(plus tax), includes unlimited meals per week w/ $100 Flex dollars
Flex Dollars may be used in the campus coffee shop and grill, Holy Grounds. If you run short on Flex Dollars, you can add more throughout the semester. All resident students are assigned to the Basic Meal Plan unless they notify the Office of Residence Life that they want the Unlimited Plan before the end of the drop/add period. Click here for more information about Meal Plans.
Be sure to review the Student Handbook before you arrive. Take a few minutes to familiarize with all our guidelines about living on campus. You’ll receive a hardcopy when you arrive.
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