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Reserve Your 2015-2016 Housing Reservation Online

2015-2016 Housing Options and Reservation Applications are now being accepted for current residents and new entering students that have confirmed their 2015-2016 Admissions acceptance.

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Housing Options Available      

Current Residents please see your Room Selection Schedule. 


This Week's News


Moonlight Breakfast Served on Sunday, May 3 from 10:00 - 11:30 p.m.

Take a break from studying and join us at the Moonlight Breakfast on Sunday, May 3 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Carkoski Dining Hall.  MavCARDS will be scanned for admission - the breakfast counts as a regular meal.  If you have the Maverick Flex plan, you can pay the door rate in Flex dollars.

Service provided by our very own Residential Life Staff!


Make Your CA Appointment for Check-Out - Spring Closing is 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8

It's time to clean your living unit and to begin making plans on how to move you and your items home after school is done for the year. Check-Out instructions are online.  Take time to plan your transportation early as the Residence Communities close on Friday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.


Current Residents Receive Math98 Help This Monday!

In Math 98?  Whether you need help understanding concepts, want help reviewing the material, or a specific homework question has you stumped, Derick our tutor can help. 

Math98 tutoring is available every Monday between 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Carkoski Computer lab. Please join us any Monday for this free opportunity!

Drop-ins welcome!




Current Residents may Convert Your Maverick 160 Meals to Flex Dollars by April 30

Maverick 160 meals can be converted into Flex Dollars at a rate of $5.35 per meal, two times each semester. Your converted Flex Dollars can be utilized at any dining location on campus at any time of the day.  Converted Flex Dollars not used by the end of the semester are forfeited.

There are three ways you can convert:

Please allow up to three business days from the time your change is submitted for Maverick 160 Converted Flex Dollars to be available through your MavCARD.


Know Your Severe Weather Shelter Area

Severe Weather Procedures

At the first indication of a tornado or severe weather warning:

• Go to the nearest severe weather shelter area. Do not go outside. Do not use an elevator.
  Electrical service could be disrupted, trapping people between floors.
• Stay away from windows and areas with wide free-span roofs (e.g. main corridors, cafeterias).
• Take a communication device (portable radio, cell phone) and/or flashlight to the shelter area.
• Remain in the severe weather shelter area until the warning has expired or has been
  cancelled according to the broadcast media. No public “all-clear” siren will sound.

Severe Weather Shelter Areas

While no shelter area can be designed as entirely safe, the following areas are designated as severe weather shelter areas in residence communities.

Carkoski Commons The shelter area is the lower level corridor of Carkoski Commons. Enter the shelter area through any stairwell leading into the lower level of Carkoski Commons.

Crawford Residence Community The shelter areas are the Crawford laundry room, the tunnel leading from Crawford Community to Carkoski Commons and the north lower level hallway of  Carkoski Commons. Enter the shelter area through the stairs leading to the Crawford laundry room.

Julia Sears Residence Community (Residential Rooms) The shelter areas are the restrooms within suites.

Julia Sears Community (Commons Areas) The shelter area is the lower level service corridor. Enter the shelter area through the lower level service corridor door located near the elevator lobby.

McElroy Residence Community The shelter area is the McElroy F Hall laundry room and the lower level service corridor under the McElroy Community. Enter the shelter area through the stairs leading to the lower level of the McElroy Community.

Margaret R. Preska Community (I Hall, Floors 1-4) The shelter area is the McElroy F Hall laundry room and the lower level service corridor under the McElroy Community.  Enter the shelter area through the stairs leading to the lower level of the McElroy Commnity OR the Preska Community lower level service corridor. 

Margaret R. Preska Community (J, K and L Halls, Floors 2-4) The shelter areas are the restrooms located within suites

Margaret R. Preska Community (Common Areas) The shelter area is in the lower level service corridors. Enter the shelter area through the marked stairways.

Stadium Heights Residence Community The shelter areas are the restrooms located within each apartment and the lowest level hallway against the wall, away from the stairs.


Current Residents may Sign Up for Summer Housing

Living at Stadium Heights Residence Community now and want to live in your current apartment this summer for $30*?

Living in Preska, Julia Sears, McElroy or Crawford now and want to live on-campus for this summer?

Find out how to sign up for summer Residential Life housing, the assignment process, and different housing options online.  Reserve a space in Summer Housing in the Department of Residential Life Office from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday - Friday. 

* Conditions Apply (This opportunity will also be available to 2015-2016 Stadium Heights apartment residents for summer 2016.)

Important details about applying for Summer 2015 Housing.



Both Returning and New 2015-2016 Residents may Find their Ideal Roommate Online Through RoomSync!

RoomSync is free and available to students who have made a Minnesota State Mankato on-campus housing reservation for next year. Upperclass, returning, and transfer students are maintained separate from first-year students.




2015-2016 Residents Should Review and Select Meal Plans Through E-Services!

Meal plan options for the 2015-2016 academic year are available to review.  Students with confirmed Minnesota State University, Mankato housing reservations may select their 2015-2016 meal plan using E-services Today.



Last Week's News


Attend RHA's Spring Fling Finale at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 25



RHA's Spring Fling Finale is Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 P.M. on the Preska lawn near the volleyball courts.  Enjoy a ride on a 100-foot inflatable zipline!  Use a Meal Plan swipe for an Outdoor BBQ at 4:30 P.M. The first 150 attendees to join in the tie-dying receive a free T-shirt.







Find Tutoring in McElroy Lobby on Tuesday, April 21 - Thursday, April 23 

The Center for Academic Success will be in the McElroy lobby from 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. each evening to assist students in the following subjects:

Tuesday, April 21:   Chemistry 111
Wednesday, April 22:   Math
Thursday, April 23:   Writing

See you there!


Students living both On-Campus or Off-Campus may Join a Sophomore Learning Community for 2015-2016.

We will have four Sophomore Learning Communities for the academic year of 2015-2016: Essence of Nursing, Sophomore Honors, Exploring Psychology and Sophomore Elementary Education.  The Sophomore Learning Communities are a way to continue to build a community of scholars to support each other in more challenging classes.

Consider joining a Sophomore Learning Community today!  Enrollment is open at:


Call Stadium Heights to Check Out Apartment-Style Living; The ONLY Apartment Complex Managed by the MSU Department of Residential Life

Stadium Heights tours are available Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tours will begin at the Residential Life Stadium Heights Office. Call 507-388-5167 NOW to make your tour appointment with Mary or Wendy.

Single and Double Rooms in 3-Bedroom Apartment-Style Living are available!



Benefits of living in the Stadium Heights Apartment Residence Community:

  • New Building Available Fall 2015
  • Free Parking
  • Free Snow Removal
  • Summer Housing - $30 Per Person

Current residents and new incoming first-year students are invited to visit our apartment-style housing
360 degree videos to view your options. Contact the Residential Life office and APPLY TODAY!


Sign Up to Live in any Community Next Year through March 31, 2015

Current students have priority over new students and may request rooms in any residence community, but ONLY THROUGH MARCH 31, 2015. Rooms types are assigned by first-come first-served applications.

When you sign up online, you may hold the space in your living unit for another current student who has not yet signed up.  A requested roommate space can be held through May 20.  After May 20, the hold will be released and another student will be assigned to the room.

Additional Room Selection Information


Upcoming News

All Floor and Hall communities plan their own activities and events. It is important to watch for posters and to contact your Community Advisor (CA) about which Social Media will best keep you updated with activities, meetings, and fun last minute events!



April 30
Last day to convert Maverick 160 Plan meals to Flex Dollars for spring semester.
24-hour Quiet Hours for semester finals begin at 10:00 p.m.

May 8
Last day to use 2014-2015 Flex Dollars on all meal plans.
Food service ends at 1:30 p.m.
24-hour Quiet Hours end at 7:00 p.m.
Halls close at 7:00 p.m.


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