Dorm Life at HLA

The Dormitory at Hillcrest Academy is more than just a housing complex. Students experience mentor groups, one-on-one support from their Resident Assistant care-takers, and a number of activities to enhance their experience at Hillcrest.

Resident Directors are mentors who ensure a safe and comfortable living environment for the students. Resident Assistants are typically college-aged mentors who monitor the dorm and enhance dorm life by providing quality activities, one-on-one mentorship, and small group devotionals.

Dorm life is a highlight for many students with activities planned nearly every weekend. Students have the chance to attend amusement park outings, dorm-shopping trips to the Mall of America, and various intramural activities.

Shared experiences with the dorm activities enable students from all over the world the chance to build life-long friendships. Many Hillcrest Academy students have had the chance to travel overseas to visit friends they've made at Hillcrest. A central component to their friendships have been the activities organized within the dormitories.

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While it sounds like the dormitories will wear-out our students, be assured that we value rest and contemplation. The dormitories have various policies which help students establish healthy devotional and study habits to set them on the path to success wherever God may be calling them.

Students have the opportunity to participate in student-led devotional and worship times. While we work hard to establish a quality program, there are many opportunities for student leadership. Devotional sessions for individual nationalities are strongly encouraged and are facilitated by the Resident Director with a student-leader. 

For more information on Student Life at Hillcrest Academy please contact Craig Nersten, Director of Resident Life, at