Living on Campus

Welcome Boarding students! Here you will find information about living on campus, along with links to other places on the site that will help you as you settle into your new dorm.

Residential staff at the dorms and faculty at Cotter Schools are available to help however they can.

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About Loretto Hall

The Cotter Schools main dormitory is Loretto Hall. Loretto Hall is staffed by a dedicated Residential Life team including eight adult staff that reside on each floor and provide a safe and secure living environment. Residential staff serve as mentors to provide for students' academic, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. They help students with developing character, discipline, and, for international students, English language skills.

Dormitory Amenities

  • Cafeteria
  • Music & Game Room
  • Student Kitchen
  • Study Lounge
  • Desktop computers & printer available
  • Gathering Place: a home-like room with a full kitchen for students & a supervised wellness room for students who are sick during the school day
  • Laundry Room
  • Four floors of secure dormitories, gender specific
  • Student lounge and kitchenette available on each floor
  • Dormitory is located near 9 acres of fields/green space for students to use
  • Students have access to the John Nett Recreation Facility:
    • Two gymnasiums
    • Fitness center
    • Tennis courts

Dorm Rooms

Dorms rooms are fully furnished for two people. Typically students have a roommate in grades 9 and 10 and get their own room in grades 11 and 12.

  • Twin size bed & mattress
  • Desk & chair
  • Each room has one sink
  • Ample closet space

Living at the Cotter Residence Center

Living in the Residence Center is very fun but comes with a big responsibility. Here are a few things you should be aware of before you arrive.

The Residence Center is located on the Cotter Campus in Loretto Hall, a short two-block walk from the main campus. It is staffed by a dedicated Residential Life team including eight adult staff that reside on each floor and provide a safe and secure living environment. The Residence Center includes a lounge, kitchen area on each floor, areas for socializing and studying, a music practice room and game room.


The dormitory is closed during the school day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All residents must leave the dormitory for school by 8 a.m. and may not return until 3:30 p.m. unless there is a special school schedule.


Students must return to their dorm room by 10:30 p.m. each weeknight. During the weekend, students must return to their dorm room by 12 a.m. At no times are boys allowed on the girls floors, and girls are never allowed on boys floors. A staff member will take attendance each night after curfew. Students should prepare for sleep by 11 p.m. and are not allowed in other student’s rooms after 12 a.m. (midnight).

& Sign-Out

Residents leaving the dormitory for any reason must sign-out on the sign-out sheet at the front desk and include when and where they are going. On returning residents must sign-in by writing down the return time. If a resident leaves the dormitory for more than four hours, he or she must telephone to speak with a residential advisor to verify that he or she is still at where the resident indicated on the sign-out sheet.


Students are free to invite friends to their home in the dorm. In return, boarding students are
frequently invited to be guests in the homes of their day student friends. Students are encouraged to interact with local families and students for visits, holidays, and special events throughout the year.


Students must respect themselves, their neighbors, and the rules. Smoking of any kind is not tolerated. Possession or consumption of tobacco products, alcohol, or illicit drugs can result in expulsion from Cotter Schools.

Cotter Families

Dorm Families

A unique part of boarding life at Cotter is the dorm family structure. Each boarding student is carefully placed into the “family” of a dorm staff member. Each dorm family consists of approximately eight students. Once a month, the dorm family will meet to prepare a meal and get to one another better. As a family, students and their overseeing staff member will also complete a community service project. In addition, the overseeing staff member will personally check-in with each of their family members weekly to ensure that they are doing well academically, emotionally, and mentally.

Local Families

Students boarding at Cotter not only have the opportunity to experience family through dorm families, but they also have the chance to get to know families who live within the Winona community as well. During Cotter’s summer program—Cotter Connect Academy—students eat supper with the same local family four times. In this way, students are able to build relationships with the greater community. In addition, students can choose to stay with a local family during school holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. This enables students to experience traditional American holidays, but also connect with American families.

Activities & Athletics

All students are encouraged to participate in activities and athletics of their choice. Cotter Schools offers a wide variety of options for each season.

What You Need To Know To Participate

Eligibility Meetings
An athletic eligibility meeting will be held prior to the fall, winter, and spring sports. The athlete MUST attend.

Equipment and Uniform Policy
All uniforms and equipment MUST be return at least one week after the conclusion of their season. If they are not returned, there will be a fee until they are found. If after one week the equipment/uniform is not handed in, there will be a replacement fee.
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