Originally constructed in 1888 as a residence hall for 50 men, the story of Sorin Hall is one of firsts: the first separate facility designated by Fr. Sorin as a residence hall, the first hall to offer private rooms through the academic rank room selection process, and the first hall at a Catholic college to offer single rooms to residents. Fr. Sorin believed better quarters were needed to cultivate the seniors’ scholarship. 

Sorin is the current residence for Fr. Malloy, President Emeritus. Past residents include: Knute Rockne, Moose Krause, Rocky Bleier, Dave Casper, and Heisman trophy winners Lujack, Lattner, and Hornung. Also, each of the four horsemen lived in Sorin. Residents believe rubbing the right foot of the statue of Fr. Sorin in the main entrance will bring good luck.