Mississippi Valley State University

October 21, 2014

Residential Life/Student Housing



Dear Resident,


Welcome to Mississippi Valley State University. We have been eagerly awaiting your arrival, and are excited that you have decided to take advantage of the many benefits that on-campus living has to offer. At the Valley, we are striving hard to make your stay feel like a "Home Away from Home."

To help make a seamless transition from home life to university life, we have a number of programs and activities that are geared toward providing guidance and leadership opportunities. We strongly encourage you to become actively involved in your residence hall and campus community. Each residence hall is equipped with a computer lab, as well as basic cable, and internet and telephone connections in each room.

Once again, we would like to welcome you, and thank you for choosing the Valley of Scholars to continue your educational endeavors. If you have any questions, or concerns, please call the Department of Residential Life/Student Housing at (662) 254-3590.


Raynaldo Gillus

Director of Residential Life/Student Housing



The Department of Residential Life/Student Housing

"Embracing a Holistic Approach to Learning, One Resident at a Time"

The Department of Residential Life/Student Housing is one of several units reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs. It is responsible for residence hall matters including student welfare, staffing, programming, room assignment, policy formulation, and implementation.


Mississippi Valley State University is committed to:

  • Providing housing for those students desiring to live on campus.

  • Providing facilities for study, sleep, and recreation that are safe, attractive, functional, clean, economical and adaptable; inclusive of an environment that promotes individual growth and learning through community development activities and special programming.

  • Providing programs and activities that support and complement the University's academic programs through its commitment to the total development of students by contributing to their intellectual, physical, occupational, social, emotional, and spiritual growth

Living/Learning Centers

Mississippi Valley State University houses over 1,000 students on its campus. The campus has nine living/learning centers or residence halls- five male halls and four female halls. The Valley makes every effort to make its student's experiences in the residence halls comfortable as well as educationally and socially enjoyable.

All facilities feature computer labs, study rooms, snack rooms, network (Internet access), telephone and cable television hookups in each room. All facilities also include lobbies with big screen cable television viewing and comfortable seating for social and educational needs. All residence halls are air conditioned. Each room is furnished with beds, desks, dressers and chairs, but students must bring their own bed linens, pillows, telephones, desk lamps, and other personal items.

Advantages of Residential Living

University housing provides students an opportunity to experience community living and social relationships that will enhance their productivity in the world beyond the campus. Through residence hall living, the University strives to provide an atmosphere where students may learn and effectively pursue their academic and personal goals. In addition, the Residential Life staff attempts to create a community where ideas are freely discussed, topics of concerns are explored, individuals develop new skills, and a sense of community is fostered among all residents. Research shows that on-campus living provides benefits that last a lifetime. When considering on-campus housing, weigh the following benefits:

  • Convenience - the halls are located within easy walking distance of classes, the library, the dining hall, the student center, the student center annex, the university post office, the book store, and recreational areas.

  • Academic Support - resources that students need to perform well academically are close to the residence halls, professors, tutors, academic advisors, academic assistance programs, and computer labs within the residence halls.

  • Cost - living on campus is economical. There are no hidden fees such as hookup cost for electricity, cable, and telephone.

  • Friendship - lasting friendships and a supportive community are added benefits.

  • Leadership - residential living contributes to the development of the total student by providing many positions of leadership and involvement. Participation in the Residence Hall Council enables students to actively make decisions and plan activities for their halls. Programming allows students to participate in a variety of seminars and workshops.



Application Process

Each student living in University housing must have a signed residence hall application and contract agreement on file in the Office of Student Housing and Residential Life. Completed applications must be accompanied by the required application fee before a student is assigned housing. If any student desires to become a part of a community of scholars whose primary goal is to achieve greatness and make a difference in the world, then University housing is for him/her.

Theft and Fire Insurance

While this information is available as a service to interested students, neither the Residential Life Department nor the University should be perceived as endorsing the product or services of the insurance provider. Home insurance policies may also provide coverage of the student's personal items. The University strongly encourages students to obtain renter's insurance or purchase FIRE/THEFT Insurance for the term of their Housing Agreement. The Housing Department will provide students with information regarding FIRE/THEFT Insurance at the student's request, or visit their website:  http://www.nssi.com/