Student Life: Housing and Residential Life

Residence Halls

Each residence hall offers an opportunity for students to meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and develop a sense of community within their own building. Professional and paraprofessional staff works closely with residents to provide innovative, creative, social, educational and cultural programs.  

There are 11 residence halls on campus that house approximately 1,200 students. Each building has its own unique character and maintains its rich history while also assuming the personality of its residents.  We are excited about our new residence hall that opened in 2008.

The Rooms

Most of the rooms in the residence halls are double occupancy, but there are some singles, triples, quads, and a few rooms designed for five people.  Each room is equipped with a twin-sized bed, dresser, closet, desk and chair for each occupant.

There are also phone jacks, Ethernet and cable connections for each student.  While amenities vary somewhat from building to building, they generally include kitchens with microwaves, laundry rooms, TV and study lounges, and meeting areas. There are also mini computer labs in some facilities.

First-year Residence Halls

Abby

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall

Opened: 1952
Capacity: 126

Built in 1952 with funds donated by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the building honors his wife Abby Aldrich, a philanthropist and renowned patron of the Arts. Located on the historic part of campus, Abby provides a greater sense of peace and tradition for its residents. Comprised of singe, double, triple, and some quad occupancy rooms, the “house like residence hall” offers students several amenities. Some added extras include a computer lounge, study lounges, exercise room, kitchens with microwaves, laundry facilities, vending areas, and storage rooms. Cable and Ethernet connections are available in all rooms and lounges.

Howard-Harreld Hall

Howard-Harreld Hall

Opened: 1968
Capacity: 181

Howard-Harreld Hall is one of three residential halls included in a planned complex. Opened in 1968, the freshman dormitory is named for Clara Howard of the first Spelman High School graduating class and Claudia Harreld of the first College graduating class. “HH” is located near the main campus entry near the bookstore, student center, and administrative buildings.

Amenities include a full kitchen for student use, study lounge, storage rooms, vending areas, laundry facilities, and an aerobic facility. The residence hall contains single, double, triple, and quad occupancy rooms. Other amenities include high-speed Internet access and Cable TV.

Dorothy Shepard Manley

Dorothy Shepard Manley Hall

Opened: 1964
Capacity: 131

Manley Hall, completed in 1964, honors Dorothy Shepherd Manley, wife of the fifth president of the College, for her assistance in planning the furnishing and decór for the freshman residence hall. The first residence hall seen when entering campus, Manley Hall exhibits the charm of a traditional residence hall. With single, double, triple, and quad occupancy rooms, Manley Hall helps residents establish a sense of community as well as begin life long friendships. Amenities include a full kitchen with a microwave, a study lounge, and storage room. All rooms are also equipped with cable TV and Internet access.

Stewart Living & Learning Center

Stewart Living & Learning Center

Opened: 1983
Capacity: 200

The Donald and Isabel Stewart Living-Learning Center is an honors residence hall with a conference room and living quarters for visiting lecturers, scholars, and artists. The Center, which opened in 1983, is named for Spelman's sixth president and his wife. One of the modern residence halls, Stewart Living and Learning Center (LLC1), is nestled in a quiet corner of campus.

LLC1 is the only building which houses freshman and upperclassmen, most of whom are Presidential Scholars or participating in other honors programs. The residence hall has single and double occupancy rooms. Each room is wired for cable and Ethernet connections. Students also enjoy the sky-lit atrium in the lobby alongside an outdoor courtyard. In addition to student housing, there are also guest suites, conference and meeting rooms, kitchen areas with microwaves, study lounges, a computer lab, elevator, and storage rooms.

Upperclass Residence Halls  

Sally Sage McAlpin Hall

Sally Sage McAlpin Hall

Opened: 1973
Capacity: 116

Sally Sage McAlpin Hall is the second structure in the three-building residential complex. The upperclassmen residence hall was completed in 1973 and named for the woman who was then Chairman of the Board of Trustees. McAlpin Hall fosters a diligent work environment comprised of mature upperclass women.

Built with 70 single rooms and 23 double rooms with a privacy wall, McAlpin ensures individually while promoting a familial atmosphere. Its convenient location places it only a short distance from the parking deck, student center, bookstore, and various administrative buildings. Other amenities include spacious rooms, kitchenettes with stoves and microwaves, study/TV lounges, laundry facilities, a vending area, and an elevator. McAlpin is fully equipped with cable, Ethernet, and telephone connections in all rooms and lounges.

Morehouse-James Hall

Morehouse-James Hall

Opened: 1901
Capacity: 84

Morehouse-James Hall is a double dormitory. Originally named Morehouse North and South, it was remodeled and rededicated in 1974 as Morehouse-James Hall in memory of Henry L. Morehouse, first president of Spelman's Board of Trustees and Willis Laurence James, professor of music, director of the renowned Spelman College Glee Club, distinguished musicologist and composer. This building was part of the first significant campus expansion.

Morehouse-James complements the historic aspects of Spelman’s campus with its antebellum porch accented with columns and rocking chairs. Spacious single and double occupancy rooms allow students ample storage and living space. The third floor rooms are especially unique because of their loft style design. Other amenities include Ethernet and cable connections in each room, and lounge, laundry facilities, study lounge, vending area, and a multipurpose commuter student/computer lounge. With its close proximity to Giles Hall, Liberal Arts majors for convenience often inhabit Morehouse-James.

Laura Spelman Residence Hall

Laura Spelman Residence Hall

Opened: 1918
Capacity: 39

Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Hall, completed in 1918, was originally built to house the Home Economics Department. John D. Rockefeller donated the money for the building and equipment as a memorial to his wife Laura. Currently, the building is used for student housing on the second and third floors, while the Marian Wright Edelman Child Development Center occupies the ground floor. Established in 1930, the Edelman Center is the first nursery school organized at a historically black college.

Laura Spelman is one of the oldest and most enchanting buildings on campus. Upon entering the building, students are greeted with an antique oak banister, which leads to a grand window on the second floor overlooking the campus Oval. The residence hall also features Cable and Ethernet in each room, study lounges, full kitchen, and laundry facilities. Adjacent to the Science Building , Laura Spelman is ideal for science majors.

Living-Learning Center II

Living-Learning Center II

Opened: 1989
Capacity: 200

The Living-Learning Center II opened in September 1989. In addition to the student rooms, there are administrative offices, including the Continuing Education Program and Community Life. The Center also provides conference facilities and an auditorium for on- and off-campus organizations. Living Learning Center II is Spelman’s most contemporary residence hall.

With 121 rooms (30 singles), heating and air conditioning, and wall-to-wall carpet, students enjoy the serene ambiance it exudes. Upperclassman residents enjoy access to spacious game rooms, study and television lounges, multi-functional gathering rooms, laundry facilities, vending area, cable/Ethernet connections in each room, storage rooms, and an elevator.

Bessie Strong Hall

Bessie Strong Hall
Sisters Center for WISDOM (Women in Spiritual Discernment of Ministry)

You may recognize Bessie Strong Hall from the television series, "A Different World." The upperclass dormitory was used as a background for the television program. Bessie Strong Hall was built in 1917 and named for John D. Rockefeller's oldest daughter. After undergoing a complete renovation in 2004, Bessie Strong Residence Hall was reopened as a theme house, Sisters Center for WISDOM (Women in Spiritual Discernment of Ministry).

The WISDOM Center serves to provide a holistic educational experience that nourishes the spiritual and ethical development of a new generation of Spelman women who are prepared to be faithfully committed, morally grounded and civilly conscious leaders, serving the church, the community and the world. The residence hall has been modernized to include key card entry, various meditation and meeting rooms, laundry facilities, study/TV lounges, a kitchen, exercise room, and cable/Ethernet connections. Acceptance to reside in the residence hall is decided after an application process. Please contact Rev. Lisa Rhodes for more information.

MacVicar Residence Hall

MacVicar Residence Hall

Opened: 1901
Renovated: 2000
Capacity: 8

Over the years, MacVicar Hall has served as a practice school for nurses in training. Today, a portion of the building serves as a residence hall for women in the following programs: Student Health Associates and Peer Educators (SHAPE) and Counseling and Mental Health Educational Opportunities (CAMEO).

The health services department comprises the bottom floor of MacVicar Hall. With eight single residence hall rooms, MacVicar students enjoy camaraderie and peer support, with all being health related field majors. Although renovated in 2000, MacVicar still possesses an historic appeal with original hardwood floors and much of the original architectural design. Amenities include key card entry, cable/Ethernet connections, study/meeting rooms, and a vending area.

The Suites

Opened: 2008
Capacity: 303

Students enjoy apartment-style living in the new residence hall.The suites vary in size from 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom, 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, or 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. There are no 1 bedroom suites available. Each suite comes equipped with a kitchenette ((Microwave, full size refrigerator, and sink. NO STOVE), living room and central air, and each will be fully furnished.

Students have access to a laundry room and will enjoy study areas, lounges, vending and storage on mostly every floor. In addition to student rooms, the new building will have a dining hall and a parking deck. For more information about the new residence hall, feel free to contact the Housing Office at (404) 270-5344.