Housing and Residence Life

A wide range of safety precautions in our residence halls help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students. 

We are excited to welcome students back to the residence halls and plan to resume our standard policies and procedures as much as possible:

  • Additional occupancy limits in common areas of residence halls have been lifted. Gatherings are permitted in residence hall shared spaces.
  • Students will have ID card access to all residence halls from 7 a.m. to midnight, and their own residence halls at all times. This is a return to our standard ID card access practices.
  • Students may use any bathroom in any residence hall; bathrooms will not be assigned to specific individuals.
  • The college still requires residency for all students unless a student has a documented accommodation or otherwise meets the qualifications for a residency exemption. If you have a qualifying need that is not met by your current housing arrangement, contact Disability Support Services to begin the accommodation process.

To learn more, click on the arrows in the table below. 

Move In

Move in day for first-year students is Thursday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Move in days for returning students are Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are a part of select fall athletic teams or marching band, you may have an earlier move in date; your coach or director will share your specific move in date and time with you. If you need to request a different move in date, please email us at residencelife@alma.edu. Please note that we cannot guarantee early move in availability, and there may be an additional charge for an early move in that is not part of an approved group.

Munch Money and meal plans will begin with dinner on Aug. 29, so please plan accordingly. Early move in groups will have meals available for their group.

Regardless of your move in date, all students will follow the same process. To ensure a smooth arrival, we use a drive through check in process at the Heritage Center parking lots, and we ask that all students sign up for their arrival time in advance. We also ask that all students complete a couple of COVID-19 safety precautions before moving in to keep our campus community safe. Below is an easy summary of our move in process:

1. Sign up for your move in time. Sign up information will be sent on Aug. 9.

2. Before arriving on campus, get your COVID-19 vaccine or receive a negative COVID-19 test. You will be asked to show your vaccination card or complete a COVID-19 test and receive negative test result when you arrive.

3. On your move in day, complete the daily heath screening in the Alma College app and be ready to show your green check mark.

4. At the move in time you selected, drive up to the Heritage Center parking lot check in and pick up your key, ID card, and parking permit (if applicable).

5. Drive to your residence hall and move in. Once you arrive at your residence hall, you will have one hour to unload your vehicle before moving it to another lot. This will ensure that everyone has access to a nearby parking spot while they are unloading. Please pack carefully and be courteous!

Please reach out to residencelife@alma.edu with any questions. 

Guests and Gatherings

Guests and visitation in college-owned housing will be reinstated in phases. The college will consider the following in making the decision to move between phases:

  • Guidance from national and local health organizations
  • Trends in the state and local area,
  • Policy compliance on campus (ex: participation in mandatory screenings, wearing facial coverings, and social distancing), and
  • The number of cases on our campus.

Our phase will be reviewed regularly, and phases may be moved forward or backward. For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions are in place:

  • Student: An Alma College student living in a college-owned housing unit.
  • Visitor: An Alma College student who is visiting a college-owned housing unit to which they are not assigned.
  • Guest: A person who is not an Alma College student, faculty, or staff who is visiting college-owned housing.

Phase I

  • Standard guest and visitor policy and event policies in place without additional restrictions.

Phase II

  • Limited visitors are permitted in college-owned housing
    • Alma College students may visit other Alma College students in their rooms without restrictions, aside from those applicable under standard visitation policies and fire codes.
    • Outside (non-student) guests are not permitted.
  • Small social events (25 attendees or fewer) without alcohol present are permitted in college-owned housing. The event attendees include any individuals present in the house, including those in individual rooms. Social events must comply with all relevant college policies, including social distancing policies.

Phase III

  • No guests or visitors are permitted in college-owned housing.
  • No social events in college-owned housing.

Visit the Important Dates page on the Residence Life website and the 2020-21 academic calendar on the Registar’s website for more information.