Incoming First Year Student Housing Placement


First Year Student Housing Policy

The University has determined that in the best interests of the students, the institution, and the community, that all traditional entering first-year students whose permanent residence is further than a 40 mile radius of the University are required to live in campus housing for a minimum of 2 academic years (4 academic semesters). Resident Students within a 40 mile radius of the university who choose to leave campus prior to the end of the two year period must submit a signed documentation from their parents or legal guardians documenting they will be moving to their permanent, legal residence.

Various reasons exist for this decision:

  • The strong desire on the part of the University to provide an atmosphere in which underclassmen can gain easy and regular access to school related academic and co-curricular activities.

  • Mentoring and positive modeling of underclassmen by upperclassmen within the residential community.

  • The safety of our student body on- and off-campus, which is paramount in the eyes of the University. Students residing under the aegis of our community, including campus medical and safety personnel, can be assured of the highest level of safety, security and care.

  • On campus, students can be assured that standards of safety, proper sanitary conditions, and certain amenities can best be maintained within the campus community.

  • It is important to the staff, faculty and students of the University that our current positive relationships with our community be continued, fostered and where possible improved.

Upon your deposit to the institution, you will receive information from the Admissions Office directing to you the MU Orientation page. On the orientation page, you will sign into a secure site where you will set up your Orientation Date, information for the Health Center and Residence Life. Please follow the directions on the website to complete all of the information. The information you will receive about Residence Life is listed below:


Residence Life Information for 2017-2018

If you are a resident student, you will find 3 forms related to Residence Life on the orientation site: The CAMPUS HOUSING AGREEMENT, the MEAL PLAN Form and the ROOMMATE MATCHING FORM. In order for us to prepare for your arrival, we ask that you take the time to carefully read and then complete and submit these 3 forms.

  • Campus Housing Agreement – Print & sign form & mail or fax to the Office of Residence Life.

Misericordia University

Office of Residence Life

301 Lake Street

Dallas PA 18612

Fax: 570-674-6189

  • Meal Plan Form – Submit on-line (For billing purposes, this form must be completed by Fri. June 30th, 2017. As a 1st Year Student you have two options for meal plans: Unlimited or 190 Meals. Both of those come with 200 Cougar Points. If you do not choose a meal plan by June 30th, 2017, you will be given the Unlimited meal plan option.

  • Roommate Matching Form – Submit on-line (For room placement purposes, must be completed by Fri. June 30th, 2017).

Placement Procedures

  • Your $400.00 Admission deposit will guarantee you a residential space at the University.
  • Your Deposit Date to MU will be used for your specific placement only if the Campus Housing Agreement is received by 4:00 PM on Monday, July 24th, 2017.
  • The initial Admission Deposit date will not be used for placement purposes if the Campus Housing Agreement is not received by 4:00PM on Monday, July 24th, 2017. The date that will be used for placement will then become the date that the agreement is received.
  • A number of students will be interviewed for their room placement as part of our new pilot program housing structure in McHale Hall. Dominick de Matteo, Area Coordinator of Residence Life for Student Engagement will schedule interviews with a select number of students to coordinate room placements according to First Year Experience (FYE) course as well as shared interests.

Roommate Requests

*If you would like to request a specific roommate, the following procedure must be followed in order for it to be considered.

The requests must be mutual and the names must match on both Roommate Matching forms.

To increase the likelihood of having your request granted, both students must make sure that their Roommate Matching Forms & Meal Plan Forms have been submitted on-line and that their Campus Housing Agreements have been signed & mailed to the Office of Residence Life by May 1st, 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we do our best to grant specific requests, WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THEM AT ANY TIME!

Students may still make a roommate request after May 1st, 2017; however the likelihood of granting these requests greatly decreases.

If you do not have a specific person to request as a roommate, the Office of Residence Life asks that you fill out the preferences on the Roommate Matching Form honestly and accurately; for your specific answers will help determine how roommates will be placed together.

Know that becoming a part of our residential community will not only challenge you to grow in a “living / learning" environment, but will also present you with an opportunity to make life long friendships.


Special Interest Housing

Misericorida University offers a Special Interest Housing program we call the R.E.A.C.H Community. R.E.A.C.H, which stands for Residents Excelling in Academic, Community and Health, is a substance free, academically motivated community here at Misericordia. R.E.A.C.H students agree to abstain from alcohol, drugs and tobacco to create a community centered around learning and high academic achievement. The R.E.A.C.H Community is housed in McGowan Hall.

Additional applications are required for R.E.A.C.H and are filled on a first come first serve basis due to limited space. Applications can be found with the rest of the housing paperwork on the 1st Year Orientation page. Please mail completed applications to the Residence Life Office address listed above. For consideration, applications must be received by Mon. July 24th, 2017 @ 4:00pm.


During the Summer Orientation, you will also have the opportunity to meet Donna M. Ellis, Director of Residence Life, AJ Nudo, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Dominick de Matteo, Area Coordinator of Residence Life for Student Engagement and some of the other Residence Life Staff. At that time they will be happy to answer any questions / concerns that you may have regarding Residence Life. Should you need to contact their office beforehand, please feel free to call (570)-674-6178.



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