mount Ida student life

Student Life

Life outside the classroom.

The Office of Student Life at the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst staff are student affairs educators dedicated to excellence, innovation, social justice, and student development. We work collaboratively with campus and community partners to support successful educational experiences both in and out of the classroom. Through our programs and services, students have the opportunity to explore their interests through a wide array of events and activities; connect with a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty; and be challenged to actively engage in building skills to prepare students to succeed in the world beyond college.

Our office is responsible for:

  • Residential Life Student Services and Residence Education
  • Non-residential Student Services
  • Student Engagement and Student Activities
  • Student Support
  • The Code of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Important information and contacts

​​​​​Director of Student Life
Margaret Felis

​​​​​Assistant Director of Student Life
Chris Lott

• Transportation

• Code of Student Conduct

Residence Hall Policies

• Drug and Alcohol Policies

• Title IX

• Dean of Students Office

The Office of Student Life on the Mount Ida Campus

The Student Life staff at the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst is dedicated to promoting student success and provides oversight for all services and resources outside of the classroom for both residential and non-residential students. The Student Life staff also oversees the management of the Code of Student Conduct and Community Standards on the Mount Ida Campus.

Any questions or concerns related to Student Life at the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst please contact the Director of Student Life, Margaret Felis, at or (617) 243-1710 or Assistant Director of Student Life, Chris Lott at or (617) 243-1711.

Message from the Director of Student Life

Welcome to the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst! Whether you are here attending classes, or are part of an innovative program or internship, you are the heart of the university and an integral part of our campus. Student Life is here to support academic success and help make your experience as meaningful and rewarding as possible. I along with the Assistant Director of Student Life and the Resident Assistant staff are committed to working with you to build a community of dignity and respect. We hope your time here will be exciting and will challenge you in new and positive ways. We welcome your ideas and hope that you will enjoy your UMass experience and become engaged and active members of our community.

Margaret Felis
Director of Student Life

Students who either do not have access to the main campus or who are seeking a residential option beyond the main campus may apply for housing on the Mount Ida Campus in Newton, Massachusetts. All health and safety protocols on the main campus will be in effect in Newton, but the total residential population will be limited by available housing to less than 500 students. All courses beyond essential face-to-face courses for on-site programs (e.g., Veterinary Technology) will be offered remotely.  Apply for Mount Ida housing here.

Interested in housing on the Mount Ida Campus? Click here for information.

Request an application for an on-campus job.

The office serves as a hub for student support and contact in moments of crisis, challenge, or need.