The Office of Residence Life would like to welcome you to our campus. Mount Union offers a variety of residential options to students. The University has 10 residence halls, each with its own unique appeal and amenities. There are seven traditional-style residence halls and three suite-style residence halls, with two adjoining rooms sharing a connecting bathroom. These halls range from historic Miller and Elliott halls, built in 1866 and 1913 respectively, to Shields, Bica-Ross, and Hoiles-Peterson halls, all built within the last fifteen years. Shields is the newest residence hall, completed in 1999. In addition, upper-class students have the opportunity to live in theme housing. These houses are owned by the University and are located close to campus. Theme housing provides students with a chance to explore common interests and develop programs and activities that will benefit the entire campus community. In August 2007, we expanded our residential options to include apartment housing for juniors and seniors. For summer housing options, view our Summer Housing policy.
Types of Housing
Mount Union Housing Options
The Village on Hartshorn Street which includes Adams Court, Groves Court, Orwick-Nicholson Court, and the Brown Village on Union Avenue will offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to enjoy all the conveniences of living close to campus. Students will have access to the campus cable, computer and telephone networks, easy parking, and private rooms.
THE BROWN VILLAGE
Brown Village consists of three large manor houses – Clutter Manor, Jae Manor, and Keller Manor will provide students with apartments referred to as flats that offer a living room, kitchen, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms all on one floor. Students living on Union Avenue will be in an apartment community that has apartments that are three stories high (equipped with an elevator) and have three apartments on each floor. These manors will have common entrances for all residents in the facility and flat (apartment) entrances will be off a common corridor. A laundry room will be centrally located in each manor. Parking will be conveniently located directly behind the manor houses.
Clutter Manor - Floor Plan
Jae Manor - Floor Plan
Keller Manor - Floor Plan
THE HARTSHORN STREET VILLAGE
Centrally located on campus next to the Timken Physical Education Building and across from the Gulling Training Center, offers easy access to the fitness facilities of which so many of our students like to take advantage. This village community will consist of three rows of houses; each with its own exterior entrance. The townhouse-style of these structures will give students the real feeling of independence as they walk through their very own front door into an open floor plan consisting of a living room, kitchen, bathroom, one bedroom downstairs, a bathroom, and three bedrooms upstairs. As an added bonus, students in these apartments will not even have to leave their cozy little home to do their laundry. A stackable washer/dryer unit will be supplied in each townhouse. Parking for the houses in this village will be both adjacent to the row as well as across the street in Gulling Parking Lot.
NEED TO KNOW
- In both the Hartshorn Street Village and Brown Village apartments, the bedrooms will be furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, and desk chair. Living rooms will be left to you to decorate and furnish. Four stools/chairs will be provided for the kitchen islands.
- Campus cable and computer networks will be available in the living room and each individual bedroom of the unit. Each apartment will have one campus telephone number for the whole unit and voicemail will also be provided.
- Heating and air conditioning can be controlled within your individual apartment.
- Kitchens have a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher.
- All apartments are carpeted and have window blinds provided.
- All Mount Union policies, with a few notable exceptions (including no visitation policy), apply in the apartments. Because the apartments are only for juniors and seniors, there is an expectation that the upperclassmen students residing there will be more independent. An apartment manager will be available to assist you.
- If a student in the apartments should move for any reason, the remaining roommates will be given the opportunity to replace that roommate or buy-out that space (there is no guarantee that housing demands will allow for a buy-out and the Office of Residence Life may assign a new roommate if space is needed). The Office of Residence Life also maintains the right to assign a new student to fill the vacancy if a new resident is not found by the current residents of the apartment.
Gender-inclusive housing will be available in two of our suite-style buildings, Shields and Bica-Ross Residence Halls, one of our traditional-style buildings, Elliott Hall, and in our townhouses and apartments. Gender-inclusive housing will also be an option available to students who decide to participate in our theme house community. To register, visit MyHousing and complete the gender-inclusive request form.
All students, regardless of academic class standing, age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, gender identity, or gender expression, etc. will be able to participate in gender-inclusive housing. Students will be asked, but not required to reveal, their reasons for opting to live in gender-inclusive housing.
Currently, students in same-sex relationships can already live together. Now, as with gender-inclusive housing, students are strongly discouraged from living with someone with whom they are involved in a romantic relationship. There is also no evidence supporting the idea that shared rooms would result in promiscuous sex or that men and women who share a room together will be sexually active with one another (Peguero et. al, 2011).
Reference: Peguero, N., Hoffman, M., & Beaver, A. (2011). Hallet Hall gender-neutral housing proposal. Boulder: the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Traditional Residence Halls
Located between Hartshorn and State Streets, Cunningham houses mostly first-year students in traditional doubles. This three-story brick structures house 112 men and women students and has recently remodeled lounges on the first floor and laundry on every floor. Student rooms are carpeted and have moveable beds, desks, dressers, and built-in closets. Additionally, there is a small computer lab on the first floor.
The construction of Cunningham Hall was approved in January of 1968 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. President Harry Truman's Housing Act of 1950 assisted colleges and hospitals to expand their facilities. The had to supply only $115,000 for the $550,000 building. The hall is named for Mr. and Mrs. N.A. Cunningham, principal donors for the hall. Mr. Cunningham was elected to the Mount Union Board of Trustees in 1957 and, in 1964, was elected board vice president.
A residence hall housing incoming men and women in traditional doubles as well as upperclassmen in singles. There are two female wings, one male wing, and one gender-inclusive wing. It is located directly across from the campus lakes. A formal lounge is located on the first floor, with recreational and laundry facilities in the basement. Desks, dressers, and beds are moveable.
Located between Elliott and McMaster halls, Ketcham Hall houses 115 men. The facility is equipped with recreational and study lounges on the first floor. Laundry facilities are available on all three floors. Student rooms are carpeted and have moveable beds, desks and dressers, and built-in closets.
Ketcham Hall was built in 1962 and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Charles B. Ketcham and his wife Lucile in 1962. Dr. Ketcham was the fifth president of Mount Union, from the year 1938 until his death in 1953.
Located next to the Timken Physical Education Building and McPherson Center for Health and Well-Being, King Hall houses 114 students. This hall will either house all women or be co-ed depending on the space requirements of the incoming freshman class. Lounges are located on the first floor and in the basement of this hall. A central laundry facility is also located in the basement. Student rooms are carpeted and have moveable beds, desks and dressers, and built-in closets.
This residence hall is located on Hartshorn Avenue between Cunningham Hall and the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. This hall houses mostly first-year students in traditional doubles. This three-story brick structures house 112 men and women students and has recently remodeled lounges on the first floor and laundry on every floor. Student rooms are carpeted and have moveable beds, desks and dressers, and built-in closets. Additionally, there is a small computer lab on the first floor.
McCready Residence Hall was built in 1965. The hall was dedicated in the name of B.Y. McCready. He was an insurance executive and Mount Union trustee for 18 years in the city of Alliance. McCready graduated from Mount Union in 1916. He was a member of the United States Marine Flying Corps in World War I.
This L-shaped three-story brick facility is located next to the Hoover-Price Campus Center and houses 162 women. Student rooms are carpeted and have moveable beds, desks and dressers, and built-in closets. A central lounge is provided on the first floor and laundry facilities are located on the first and third floors with additional machines available in the basement.
McMaster Hall was dedicated in December of 1956. Dr. McMaster was a student, graduate, and president of the institution. When built, the hall was the largest structure on campus.
This building is located across the street from the Timken Physical Education Building. A central laundry room and recreational lounge are located in the basement. This newly renovated building has carpeted rooms and freestanding beds, dressers and desks. This hall houses a number of upperclassmen men in singles as well as a floor of incoming students in traditional doubles.
Historic Miller Hall was built in 1866. Miller Hall was dedicated to the Greentown, Ohio native Lewis Miller. Miller was president of the Board at Mount Union for thirty-one years, until he died in 1899. During his tenure on the board, Mount Union was the first college to give the same education rights and privileges to women as men.
Upperclass Residential Options
BICA-ROSS AND SHIELDS HALLS
Both three-story buildings housing 154 upperclassmen students in suite-style living units, these halls provide double rooms with an adjoining bathroom. Laundry facilities are available on the second and third floors of each building as well as a kitchenette area containing a sink, microwave, and refrigerator on the third floor. There are television lounges on the first and third floors. Student rooms are equipped with moveable beds, dressers and desks, and built-in closets. Each room also has an individual heating and air-conditioning unit. Bica-Ross and Shields halls each share an outdoor playing field/lawn area and are also located in close proximity to outdoor tennis courts.
Bica-Ross opened in 1996 and it is the only residence hall that contains classrooms. The residence hall was named by Violet Bica-Ross in honor and in memory of her late husband L. Clayton Ross and brother George Bica.
Shields Hall, which opened in 1999, is named in honor of 1943 Mount Union graduate, Dr. Clifford D. Shields and Mrs. Betty (Hatton) Shields, a 1944 graduate of Mount Union.
ELLIOTT AND MILLER HALLS
In these halls, there are a limited number of singles available to upperclassmen for an additional cost. Elliott Hall houses men and women, and Miller Hall houses men. See more detail on each hall under Traditional Housing.
This is a two-story building that houses 103 upperclassmen students in suite-style living units. These rooms are set up as double rooms with an adjoining bathroom. Student rooms are equipped with moveable beds, dressers, desks, and built-in closets. There is a laundry facility as well as vending machines in the basement of the hall as well as a computer station with a networked printer. There is a television lounge on the first floor. This building is air-conditioned.
When construction began on Hoiles-Peterson Hall in 1988, it was the first new residence hall to have been built on the campus in twenty years. Hoiles-Peterson Hall was dedicated to Donald and Josephine Peterson. Dr. Donald Albert Peterson graduated in 1939 from MUC. He served on the Board of Trustees at Mount Union starting in 1945. He was chairman of the board from 1971 to 1987. Dr. Peterson was the former publisher of the Alliance Review and owner of WDPN A.M. and WZKL F.M. in Alliance. He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters degree at the 1988 Mount Union Commencement Exercises.
Mrs. Josephine Hoiles-Peterson was a 1940 graduate of Mount Union. She was the president of Mount Union's Women's club and member of the alumnae organization of the Delta Nu chapter of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.