Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Housing Rates and Amenities 

This conservation-focused campus houses undergraduates, graduate students and working professionals in a “community of practice” on the grounds of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains in Front Royal, Virginia.

All rooms are furnished with carpeting, window treatments, extra-long twin beds, desks, chairs, a private bath and ample closet space.

  • Local telephone service, utilities, and free Wi-Fi are provided.
  • The residence hall features common areas, a study lounge, and free laundry services.
  • A 19-meal-a-week plan is required, and meals are provided in on-site dining commons.
  • Applicants must satisfy a federal background check requirement (administered through the Institute) prior to their move-in date.

All rooms contain one of each of the following per-resident. 

Bed (Twin-XL) Desk
Chair Dresser
Carpets and window treatments are provided.

Rates for Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation are for terms that run from August through June. Applications for a single semester are considered, and if approved, costs are pro-rated. For more information, call 540-635-0115.

Pricing Structure (approved 2020-2021)
Single $6,245 ($12,490 per year)
Double $4,995 ($9,990 per year)
SMSC Independence Plan $2,495 ($4,990 per year)


Pricing Structure (proposed 2021-2022)
Single $6,555 / semester ($13,110 per year)
Double $5,245 / semester ($10,490 per year)
Required Independence Meal Plan: $2,590 / semester ($5,180 per year)