Dormitory Room Information

We expect students’ rooms to provide an atmosphere for study and a comfortable place for them to live away from home. Rooms should be safe, uncluttered, and clean. Here is some information you need to know this summer. Upon arrival, all students and parents should read the dormitory section of The Blue Book before decorating rooms.
  • Furniture the school provides: The school provides each student with his or her own mattress, bed frame, desk, dresser, recycle bin, and wooden chair*. None of these items may be removed from the room or taken apart. 
    *A student may replace the wooden chair with a similarly sized office chair. The student is responsible for moving the school-provided chair to dorm storage at the start of the year and putting it back in the room at the end of the year.

  • Furniture a student* may add: Each room may have no more than two pieces of additional furniture**. Roommates will have to work together so that the room does not become cluttered. It is recommended that new students wait until the school year to add additional furniture once roommates can work together.
    *Ninth graders may not have additional furniture until after the fall term and should not bring extra furniture at the start of the year.
    **Additional furniture includes sofas, non-office chairs, futons, or other upholstered furniture no larger than 54"x75"; tables, trunks, floor speakers, or computer monitors too large to fit on a desk.
  • Linens: Students must provide their own linens and should have at least two sets so that bed linens may be changed and laundered weekly. Recommended size of linen is 66 x 104 inches (flat twin sheet) and 39 x 75 inches (twin fitted sheet). If students are taller than 6 feet 2 inches, please contact the director of dormitory duties ( to request an extra long twin bed. You will also need extra long twin sheets to fit the bed. Laundry can be dropped off daily at the post office in the Simon Student Center, but will only be picked up and delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Academy student life office also maintains a relationship with an agency for dry cleaning. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged laundry.
  • Other furnishings: Each student is expected to have the following: a pillow, a bedspread, a washable mattress protector, a laundry bag, two sets of towels, desk lamp (halogen lamps are not permitted, and we encourage the use of compact fluorescent bulbs), a wastepaper basket, and a closed container and utensils for any food kept in a room. (Recycle bins are located on each dormitory floor.)
  • Rugs: One large rug or two medium-sized rugs not to exceed 9 x 12 feet will be permitted in each room. Rugs may not be placed on top of one another. Any rugs or other furniture must be in good repair.
  • Wall hangings and decorations: No fabric wall covering may be used unless it is of fire-retardant material. All traffic, street, or other public information or safety signs, no matter how obtained, are inappropriate as room decorations. Posters, signs, or other objects which display or promote alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs are not permissible on campus. In addition, posters, signs and other objects on display in students’ rooms must be in good taste and not offensive (for example, posters displaying sexual activity or photos with male or female exposed “private” body parts are not allowed). Faculty and other dormitory personnel reserve the right to order the removal of material deemed inappropriate for any reason.
  • Curtains: Students furnish their own window curtains. There are blinds or shades in each student dormitory room.
  • Safety and Energy Concerns

    • Wattage and Lighting: The total wattage of all bulbs in any student room must not exceed 600 watts.  Students may not use halogen lamps. We encourage students to use compact fluorescent bulbs and energy-efficient lamps. Christmas-type lights and projectors are only allowed during certain times and with permission of the Dorm Dean.
    • Wiring: Sound equipment will be permitted. However, all wiring to these must be kept in good mechanical and electrical repair. The installation of any outside antenna or wiring on the buildings, windows, chimneys, or trees will not be permitted. No wiring other than the cords attached to lamps, radios, or sound equipment should be used. If a cord is too short to reach the table or desk from the wall outlets, an extension cord is permissible.
    • Appliances: No student may have cooking appliances, refrigerators, television sets, or monitors other than one computer monitor per student, except that dormitory prefects and peer group leaders may have approved cooking appliances and refrigerators for their personal use with a maximum of two approved appliances per room. Computers and printers are allowed.
  • Phones: Cell phone use is allowed within designated guidelines. Each dormitory room includes a telephone mounted on the wall. All boarding students are expected to keep the telephone connected at all times as it serves as an emergency notification device.
  • Storage: Trunks and extra baggage may be kept in dormitory storage areas. We make plastic bins available to students who travel by plane; cardboard boxes are discouraged. Students store all material at their own risk.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236