Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

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.

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The residence hall features common areas, a study lounge, and free laundry services.

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.
  • 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 (proposed 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 (2019-2020)
Single $5,688 / semester 
Double $4,925 / semester
Required Independence Meal Plan: $2,375 / semester