Frequently Asked Questions
What announcement has been made?
On January 13, 2016, Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding sent a letter to all current Notre Dame undergraduates outlining how the University will form two new undergraduate residential communities in the fall of 2016, and details regarding future exterior and infrastructure renovations to existing halls.
(Note: On May 17th, the University issued a news release announcing the donors and names for the new halls - Dunne Hall (men) and Flaherty Hall (women)).
Where are the new residence halls being built? How large are they?
The new residence halls are being built in the northeast area of campus near McCourtney Hall, the new research facility. The northernmost building will be home to a new men’s hall community, while the south building located just northeast of the Hesburgh Library will be home to a new women’s hall community. Each building is approximately 71,000 gross square feet in size.
When will they open?
Both new halls will open for the 2016-17 academic year.
How many students can they accommodate?
The new women’s hall will have 226 residents and the new men’s hall will have 221 residents.
How many hall staff will serve in these halls?
Both communities will have a staff consisting of a Rector, two Assistant Rectors, and six Resident Assistants. The women’s hall will include one in-residence priest or faculty living in the community, and the men’s hall will include two in-residence priests and/or faculty living in the community.
What will the spaces be like? What amenities will be in the new halls?
Student rooms will feature a combination of singles, doubles, quads, and, in the new men's hall, six-person rooms. Half of each first floor will be devoted to community spaces, centered around a two-story floor lounge, reading room, study areas and the chapel. Additional community spaces will include pass-through floor lounges on second, third and fourth floors, designed and placed to encourage gathering in community spaces. The women’s halls will feature full kitchens adjoined to the floor lounge on every floor, whereas the men’s hall will feature one full kitchen and three kitchenettes adjoined to the floor lounges plus food sales in the basement. Both halls will feature a fitness room, laundry, vending and storage as well as an outdoor patio and landscaping.
How is the University filling the new halls?
The Pangborn community and its rector, Sr. Mary Donnelly, O.P., will transition permanently to the new women’s hall. Interhall applications will be accepted to fill the remaining space not slated to be occupied by current Pangborn residents and Pangborn residents abroad through a Notre Dame program.
Similar to the way Duncan and Ryan were filled when they were opened, undergraduate male students currently living on campus and those who lived on campus prior to currently participating in a Notre Dame sponsored study abroad program, will have the opportunity to apply for an interhall transfer to the new men’s hall.
First year students will be assigned to these new halls through the usual housing assignment process.
Is this similar to the process used in years past when new halls have been built?
Yes. Student Affairs has transitioned established residential communities from one hall to another before. Most notably, the Siegfried and Knott women's communities moved smoothly into Welsh Family and McGlinn Halls in the late 1990s. This type of move will honor the personal relationships that have been formed in Pangborn as well as Notre Dame’s continued commitment to our residential communities.
Why was the Pangborn community selected to move to the new women’s hall?
The Pangborn facility presents significant challenges that do not make it a good candidate for the further investment of a major renovation. While functional and safe, the dimensions of the ceilings and the HVAC and plumbing systems in Pangborn prevent the University from modernizing these systems as have we planned for other halls on the renovation cycle.
If the Pangborn community is moving to the new women’s hall, what is happening to the Pangborn facility?
The facility will be used as a swing hall beginning in fall 2016. Residents of halls undergoing a major renovation will reside in Pangborn together as a community while their own hall is renovated. Utilizing Pangborn as a swing hall will allow for a larger scope of work for these renovations, as the work could occur over 12-15 months rather than necessarily limiting it to the summer months as we have in the past.
What halls will be renovated in the coming years?
To complete the 2006 Residential Master Plan, major renovations (lasting 12 - 15 months) are planned for Walsh Hall during the 2016-17 academic year and Badin Hall in the 2017-18 academic year. Likewise, Morrissey will be the first hall in the queue for a major renovation under the new 2015 Residential Master Plan, and that renovation is slated for the 2018-2019 academic year. Minor renovations (occurring over the summer months) are scheduled one per year beginning with Knott Hall in summer 2016. More information will be shared with these communities when renovation plans and timelines are finalized.
Who will be the Rector of the new men’s hall?
Rev. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., currently rector of Carroll Hall, has been appointed to serve as the rector of the new men’s residence hall. A new rector for the Carroll Hall community will be hired following the same cycle as all rector hires. We are confident the Carroll community will continue to thrive in the future.
What is the process for applying to be a resident of the new halls? What is the criteria for selection?
Current Pangborn residents and Pangborn residents studying abroad will automatically be eligible for room picks in the new women’s hall. Other undergraduate women currently living on campus (or who were living on campus before currently participating in a Notre Dame-sponsored study abroad program) interested in transferring to the new women’s hall should submit an interhall transfer application.
The new men’s hall will be filled with undergraduate men currently living on campus, or who were living on campus before currently participating in a Notre Dame-sponsored study abroad program. Interested male students should submit an interhall transfer application.
The interhall transfer application, available through http://homeunderthedome.nd.edu, will open on February 15, 2016 and close on February 26, 2016. Students will have the ability to select both a first and second choice of halls to which they would like to transfer, and will be able to indicate interest in transferring to the new residence hall as a group of up to six current undergraduate students. All members of a group request must list the other members of the group on the interhall application, and whether they are open to moving to the new hall if all members of the group cannot be accommodated. Students who are not accepted to move to the new residence hall will be eligible for transfer to their second choice hall if one is listed. If no second choice is indicated, or if students are not accepted into their second choice hall, the student will return to his or her original hall to participate in room picks.
Students who commit to participating in a Notre Dame-sponsored study abroad program for Fall 2016 will have the opportunity to apply for an interhall transfer to the new halls upon their return for Spring 2017 semester through the typical application process which will be available in October 2016.
Decisions regarding students accepted to transfer to both new halls will be made and communicated to students by the Office of Housing prior to the room picks period for all halls. This will not be a random or first-come, first-serve process, but rather an intentional selection process designed to ensure diverse communities in the new halls across a variety of demographics and to assist with remedying overcrowding in other halls across campus.
Where do I find specific information about the timeline and processes for applying to transfer to the new residence halls?
The Office of Housing web site contains information about housing application and room picks. Students with questions not answered by this web site should contact the Office of Housing (574.631.5878) or their rector.
How will Resident Assistants in the new halls be selected?
To fill RA positions in the new women’s residence hall, Sr. Mary Donnelly, O.P. will hire from the current Pangborn community applicants. She will have the ability to consider applicants from outside the current Pangborn applicants to fill some of the positions if needed.
To fill RA positions in the new men’s residence hall, Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C. will consider applicants who have indicated a preference to be considered for an RA position for any hall where an opening is available.
For halls that are considering applicants from outside their current hall (and this includes the new residence halls), interviews will be conducted from February 9 - 26 with offers being made by February 29.
The RA application closed on January 12. If on the “Residence Hall Preferences” section of the application, you did not indicate that you wanted to be “considered for an RA for any hall where an opening is available,” and you would now like to indicate that preference, please contact Jessie Schuman, Program Director for Residential Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will the new residence halls be named?
Funding has been fully secured through gifts from donors for each residence hall. In recognition of the gifts, the University will name the halls after the donors. The University will announce the names of the residence halls in the spring of 2016.
Will there be an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about this news?
Yes. Residential Life staff will visit those residence halls that will be directly impacted. Additionally, leaders from Student Affairs and Facilities Design & Operations will host two information sessions open to all students on Tuesday, January 19 at 9 pm in 101 DeBartolo Hall and Thursday, January 21 at 9 pm in Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library to discuss the approach guiding residence hall construction and renovations.