Overview of Monte Cassino apartments

With names that draw inspiration from our treasured Benedictine Tradition and that strike a special chord with our students who have experienced our semester in Rome, the “new apartments” – now collectively named The Cloisters, – began housing students during the 2013/2014 school year. 

Monte Cassino, the westernmost building, attributes its name to the town in which St. Benedict completed his Rule and lived out his final 14 years.  Not only did The Rule of St. Benedict greatly influence the spread of monasticism, it has intimately contributed to the formation of the mission and identity of the University of Mary.

Monte Cassino offers fine apartment living for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. It has 11 two-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit.  In addition, students will enjoy gathering in Chesterton’s adjacent to The Cloisters.

Eligibility Requirements Upperclassmen
Room Layout Traditional
Bathrooms Two full bath
Resident Population 46
Occupancy Options Single, Double
Air Conditioning Yes
Cable TV Yes
Wired Internet Yes
Wi-Fi (Wireless Internet) Yes
Laundry Washer & Dryer in each apartment
Elevator No
Bed Options Twin Size

Break Period

Open During Christmas Break
Each occupant will have: Each apartment will have
Bed Dining Table & Chairs
Dresser Full Kitchen
Desk Kitchen Appliances
Desk Chair Carpeting
Mailbox  
Room key    
Room Type Cost
Single $3,405.00
Double $1,705.00

Our apartments include shared spaces of a living room, full kitchen, and two full bathrooms along with two double occupancy bedrooms. Residents are responsible for all regular cleaning of all apartment spaces throughout their housing contract.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 60 credits

2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0

3. Maintain a student conduct level at or below a Level 3

Cable TV

Basic cable is provided in each room and in the lounge spaces of the residence halls.

Information Technology on U-Mary Campus

The University of Mary does not require students to purchase their own computers at this time. The university does provide access to computers through the residence hall computer labs as well as the Welder Library lab, Harold J Miller lab and Chesterton's computer and printer station. For some students it may be more convenient to have their own computer. If you do decide to bring your own computer, the University of Mary does provide a network connection for every student in the residence halls. Laptop users can take advantage of the University of Mary’s 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network located in all resident halls and common areas.  If you have a desktop computer without wireless network capabilities in your room and wish to connect it to the Internet, you will need to purchase approximately ten (10) feet of CAT5 or CAT6 network cable.

Requirements for Student-Owned Computers Connecting to the U-Mary Network

Due to problems created by personal routers and access points they are prohibited on campus. These devices have the potential to cause conflicts with the university’s wireless equipment and affect the quality of the students networking experience at the university.

Recommended PC Requirements:
64-bit Operating System
 • Windows 7 or newer
 • MAC OS 10.8 or newer
>4 GB of system memory
>250 GB hard drive
Updated Antivirus
Minimum PC Requirements:
64-bit Operating System
 • Windows 7 or newer
 • MAC OS 10.9 or newer
4 GB of system memory
250 GB hard drive
Updated Antivirus
Recommended Web Browsers:
Internet Explorer 11
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Free Antivirus Options:
Microsoft Security Essentials - Windows
AVAST - Windows
Sophos Antivirus - MAC
Optional Recommended Items:
USB memory stick
Microsoft Office Suite 2007 or newer
Recommended Updates:
Make sure your OS (Windows or MAC) is fully updated and running the latest version

Mailbox

Mail and packages should be sent directly to your assigned campus box. You'll receive your campus box number when you receive your room assignment. Your address will take the form shown below:

Your Name
Residence Hall (Box ###)
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504

### = assigned box number

Room Key

Upon your arrival to campus, you will be issued a room key. Though our campus is very safe, the university recommends that each student lock his or her room door when you are not present in the room. If you get locked out of your room, you can contact your Resident Assistant or the Residence Director on duty to gain access to your room

Losing your room key is a serious concern. You are jeopardizing the safety of your roommate, your belongings, and other building residents. We encourage all students to exercise ultimate caution with keys. If you do lose your room key, it is extremely important that you report it immediately to Student Development so we can request a new key for you. There will be a charge for the keys, as we will need to re-core your door for security reasons.

The residents of The Cloisters are provided some supervision and guidance from the Residence Director. The Residence Director is professionally educated and trained to meet the specific needs of the upper-class apartment residents. In addition to offering problem-solving and guidance for students having any problems, the Residence Director also guides and supervises a staff of Resident Assistants.

Resident Assistants are current students who are selected to be mentors and resources in the halls. They serve as "the first line of defense" in some ways. They will be the first to respond to concerns in the hall, serve as mentors to the residents, plan events and programs, and help students adjust to college life and classes.

Residence Director of Monte Cassino

Melinda Seidling

Melinda Seidling was raised just east of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in a small town called Amery, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2007 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She spent one year living in Milwaukee and working as a nurse prior to her move to Hastings, Minnesota. While living in Hastings, Melinda completed her studies to achieve a Master of Science in Education from Bemidji State University in 2012.

Prior to joining the staff at the University of Mary, Melinda was a stay at home mom raising her three children, Mark, Claire, and Joseph. Melinda and her family find great joy in living on campus and enjoying the college experience alongside the students. They can often be found outside enjoying the beautiful views, attending daily Mass, or enjoying all the amenities of the fieldhouse!