Residential Life

Fall 2020 Check Out Information
All residential students are required to check out within 24 hours of their last final OR by noon on Wednesday, November 25, when Curtis Hall and the Commons formally close (whichever comes first for you, personally). If Wednesday, November 25 must be used as a make-up exam day, students may check out after their last final that day.

As Dr. True mentioned in a previous email, we encourage you to take home any items you may need over the next few months, including any valuables. You are welcome to leave linens, clothing you do not need, and room furnishings, but please pack these in bins or boxes and leave them on your bed. Boxes and packing tape will be available to you at the Curtis Hall front desk for this purpose. This will facilitate move-out if state mandates or other circumstances prevent us from opening in January and will also help protect your valuables from any unforeseen issues that come with an extended closure, including burst pipes.

All Curtis Hall and Commons spaces will be inspected after residents have checked out. Curtis Hall room doors will be propped open during the break period to promote air and heat circulation. The only staff in the building at that time will be Campus Safety.

Booking a Check Out Appointment
Go to, sign in, and click on “Housing Forms” from the menu. Click on “2020-2021 On Campus Term” and select “End of Semester Check-Out Form.” On this form, select an available Check-Out appointment time.

Before Your Check Out Appointment
Pack all of your belongings and place them in boxes. Put these boxes on top of your bed. You can also place boxed items on your dresser or desk, as necessary. Boxes will be available at the Curtis Hall front desk as needed.

  • Close your windows tightly and securely
  • Open all drawers and wardrobe doors
  • Unplug all electronics
  • Unplug refrigerator and move to center of room – be sure to open the door and put a towel underneath to prevent puddles and molding
  • Take all trash to the dumpster, including perishable food items
  • Set your thermostat to the midway point (65-75 degrees)
  • Clean your room and restroom
  • Turn off your lights and lock your door
  • Sign the checklist on your door

During Your Check Out Appointment

  • Come to the Curtis Hall Front Desk Check-Out Station
  • The Residential Life staff will ask questions to confirm that you’ve completed all aspects of the check-out process and you will sign the check-out roster.
  • The staff member will scan your ID and you will be marked as “departed for break.”
  • The staff member will take your room key. All residents will be expected to turn in their room key at this time, though your boxed belongings may stay in your room unless otherwise notified. If you do not turn in your key, you are subject to a $150 re-core fee.

Moving Off Campus OR Leaving MMA?
Please make sure you have completed a 2020-2021 Off Campus Housing Application if you are moving off campus OR that you have emailed if you are not returning for the Spring 2021 semester (if you will be taking a Leave of Absence, graduating, etc). You will otherwise go through the check-out process outlined above, except you will have to remove all of your belongings from the room completely.

If you would like to put your belongings in storage, please prepare your belongings and come to the Curtis Hall Front Desk Check-Out Station between Friday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 24 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Residential Life staff will assist you with accessing the storage locker in your section, or a different storage locker or designated storage space in Curtis Hall, depending on where space is available. Make sure that your belongings are labeled with your full name and phone number. Please note that storage is at-your-own-risk. We do keep storage spaces locked when unattended, but we are not liable for damaged or missing items. We cannot store perishable food, large furniture, or hazardous items.

Spring 2021 Housing
Want to Live Off Campus? If you meet one of the requirements to live off campus and plan to move off campus for the Spring 2021 semester, you must fill out a 2020-2021 Off-Campus Housing Application at and email requesting to break your current On-Campus Housing contract. Once you have sent the email and filled out the application, your Spring 2021 Curtis Hall booking will be cancelled. Please do not submit this application if you have not secured off campus housing.

Want to Live Alone? If space allows, we conduct a single room lottery for the Spring 2021 semester. If you wish to be included in the single room lottery to buy out your room (at an additional cost of $1,070 per semester), please fill out the Single Room Lottery form under “Housing Forms” at Once we learn how much room is or isn’t available next semester, we may perform a lottery determining who may buy out their space.

Want to Live in the Commons? If you are at least 21 years of age and wish to be put on our wait list for the Commons for Spring 2021, please email by November 20. There will be limited spaces opening up and we will utilize the wait list to determine who will move into those spaces.

Want to Switch Rooms? Email with any inquiries about switching rooms.


Fall 2020 Check-In Information

What-to-Pack Lists
Checklists for what to pack for the Fall 2020 semester are online! The list of what to pack are different for Independent Students and Regimental Students. Please note that 3 new items have been added this year due to COVID-19: masks/face coverings (we suggest bringing multiple so you have a clean one each day), thermometer, and hand sanitizer. While cleaning products are available, cleaning wipes are also recommended.

A general guideline for packing for the fall: pack lightly! But, do bring a thermometer. And, if you will be participating in Ship Jump or any waterfront activities, please bring a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device (PFD/lifejacket).

Housing Contract
Due to the changes in the Academic Calendar and the new housing policies necessitated by COVID-19, we are updating the housing contract and will be sending residential students a new contract to review and sign prior to arrival later in August.

COVID-19 Action Plan
MMA has made plans for temporary housing for residential students who must be isolated because of a diagnosis of COVID-19, or quarantined due to identification as a close contact with a patient with COVID-19. However, this housing is limited and therefore reserved for those who are unable to travel home to isolate or quarantine. Therefore, we are asking you to make plans, in advance, for either getting home or an alternate place to stay on a short-term basis if you are required to quarantine or isolate during the twelve-week fall semester.

In addition, if circumstances require that the Academy transition to remote learning prior to the planned end of the semester in November, your COVID-19 Action Plan should include what you will do if you must return home for remote learning, if necessary. We will be sending a form for residential students to complete to describe your plans.

Commuter students should also develop a COVID-19 Action Plan for use if they must quarantine or isolate during the semester, based on their housing accommodations and access to necessary supplies while restricted to home.

Important Mail Room Update
The SGA funded an exciting project this summer to convert our student mailboxes, often underused, to a package delivery center. Rather than use an individually assigned mailbox that is too small for packages, you will receive a message from the Mail Room if you have received a letter or package with instructions regarding which box contains your package, a barcode, and PIN codes to open the box. At the box, you will enter the pick-up barcode or PIN codes via touchscreen and sign for your package. Hand sanitizer and signage reminding users to sanitize their hands before and after using the mailboxes will be available. Please note: the CDC currently recommends the following regarding picking up mail and packages: After collecting mail from a post office or home mailbox, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

This new mail option provides you with 24-hour access to your packages and letters. We do need to limit this service to residential students and commuter students who live “on neck” in Castine who do not have access to mail delivery. Commuter students who can get mail at their off campus address should plan to receive their mail and packages at their off campus address.