Residence Life

Living at IMSA

Students who choose to attend the Academy demonstrate a commitment to nurturing not only their academic talents but also their personal and social skills. Within the residence halls, living and learning converge to create a unique educational experience. This dynamic environment becomes a nexus where students encounter diverse individuals, engage with new ideas and values, and put their self-discipline to the test. Here, the various elements of the IMSA community blend together seamlessly. By accepting admission to the Academy, students agree to actively uphold its expectations and contribute to the collective success of the community, which hinges upon the collaborative efforts of all its members.

Building Access Updates

During the 2023-2024 academic year, students will have access to the academic building through the main entrance (Door 1). Additionally, students will be able to make use of Door 13 near the main gym during the academic day. ID cards will be distributed to students that grant them proxy access to spaces around campus, and students are required to have their IDs with them at all times.

Student access to the residence halls will be limited during A, B, C, and D days.

  • Students can access the residence halls from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., during midday, and again starting at 3:00 p.m. on A, B, C, and D days.
  • On “I days,” students can access the halls from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Weekend residence hall access will remain the same: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Sundays. Students will have access to the academic building starting at 10:30 a.m. on weekends.

Student Key & Fob Information:

For the 2023-2024 Academic School Year,  IMSA will be transitioning from using a FOB to a “proximity ID card” to gain entry to buildings. Students will receive a proximity card that will serve as their I.D. and a smart key card to access the Main Building and Residence Halls. Students will continue to receive a physical key for their room.

Students should keep these proxy ID cards with them at all times. If lost, replacement keys or I.D. Card will cost $15.00. Students found without an I.D. card in their possession must show proof by the end of the day. If proof is not provided, the old card will be deactivated, a new I.D. card will be produced, and a processing fee will be charged. We discourage students from connecting I.D. cards to physical keys.

Further questions can be directed to Willie M. Mayes, Campus Safety and Security Operation Director. Thank you!

Download the LiveSafe App

LiveSafe allows IMSA to connect with students directly in cases of emergency situations such as severe weather, school closures, safety drills, and more. This safety tool also allows community members to report incidents and emergencies.

Other important safety and security resources are available including SafeWalk, a feature in which users can invite contacts to virtually follow their progress on a walk to ensure they reach their destination safely. This app is a primary means of relaying important communication to our IMSA community.

The LiveSafe app is available in the Apple Store or Google Play.

Student Room Photos


Programming and Trips

Required residential programming will take place on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. Aside from the required educational programs, additional social programs will be held throughout each month as planned by both the Resident Counselors and Residential Student Leaders. Students are strongly encouraged to attend these events.

Additionally, trips will be offered each week to allow students the chance to purchase groceries, shop, pickup food from restaurants, etc. On weekends longer trips may be offered such as movie trips, shopping malls, Chicago trips, and more! Availability of trips will vary due to academy activities and staffing availability.

Study Hours

Sophomores are required to complete mandatory study hours every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. during their first quarter at IMSA. It is highly encouraged that students spend at least two hours per school night studying and completing homework, as it is easy to fall behind. During this time Peer Tutors and study sessions will be available for access to students. More details and information are shared with students regarding exact dates, times, and links to attend the sessions. After 1st quarter students who are in good academic standing may be eligible to longer have mandatory study hours.

Cooking in the Halls

Students who wish to cook and prepare their own meals at IMSA are encouraged to do so. Students will have access to various cooking equipment in the residence halls including but not limited to hotplates, griddles, toaster ovens, microwaves, etc. Halls will also have a limited number of pots, pans, and utensils for students to use while cooking. Students are only allowed to cook in designated spaces in the residence halls and should not leave their food or appliances unattended while actively cooking. Cooking appliances are not allowed in student rooms, and students should clean any items or spaces they use after cooking.