With eight residence halls and two university apartments on campus, Taylor offers multiple options for students to choose a living environment that will support their college experience and allow them to develop lifelong relationships with their peers. Each residence hall has its own unique traditions, allowing the upperclassmen who live alongside the underclassmen to bond over fun hall legacies.What to Pack
Bergwall Hall, one of the largest co-ed halls on campus, is home to nearly 200 men and women on separate floors and includes a newly renovated main lobby with a kitchen. With a major renovation in the summer of 2017, each floor now features community bathrooms and floor lobbies for studying and hanging out (and even the occasional ping pong game). Bergwall rooms are the largest on campus and house three students per room. Other features of Bergwall include air conditioning, an elevator, and a direct skywalk to Hodson Dining Commons. Bergwall is also across the street from the Kesler Student Activity Center and Odle Arena.
Bergwall students enjoy this casual, yet engaged, community. Hall traditions include the Battle of Bergwall (Olympic style games from cake decorating to video games to basketball), Evan Bergwall’s Spectacular Showdown (a student variety show), and Bergwall-a-day (a picnic celebrating the Bergwall community).
Designed for 150 students, Breuninger Hall is connected to Gerig Hall and, like its neighbor, is a co-ed hall with two female floors and one male floor. The hall, nicknamed “Breu,” is complete with air-conditioning, a community kitchen, and an elevator. Each floor holds its own lounge and study rooms. Community bathrooms only add to the charm of family-style living.
Celebrate all things American at the Red, White, and Breu open house, develop inter-hall relationships with students from Gerig during worship nights, and bond with your floor-mates during Sunday Family Nights.
Originally named South Hall and given its current name in 1986, Gerig is a four-story hall for about 100 students and now adjoins with Breuninger Hall. The first floor features a lounge, kitchen, and homey lobby area. The women are housed on the second and third floors, and the men live on the fourth floor. Gerig’s small, close-knit community is enhanced by the hall’s open suite layout, with five living areas on each floor that are surrounded by three or four rooms each.
The unique design of the hall results in two large, winding, central stairwells. The students have found this to be a great location for all hall worship—the stairwell blends and magnifies students’ voices in a special acoustic experience. Because of Gerig’s family-style atmosphere, family-dinner type events are common, along with Ultimate Frisbee games.
Swallow Robin Hall was built in 1916 under the famous African-American architect Samuel Plato, who has buildings that appear in the National Register of Historic Places. Though it has received significant renovations since its opening, Swallow Robin is the oldest remaining hall on campus. It is co-ed and houses just 70 students, making it the smallest hall on campus and strengthening its family-feel.
Residents often hang out in the downstairs lounge, which feels very much like a “family room” away from home. Swallow Robin is known for its annual “Swalloween” open house, which draws people from all over campus, and residents also participate in weekly all-hall worship and an annual trip to the zoo.
The spacious, air-conditioned apartments each feature two bedrooms, a family room, a full kitchen, and a private toilet room and shower room. Conveniently located on the edge of campus, each hall is designed to blend the community feel of the residence hall experience with the convenience of apartment living.
This blend is unique in campus housing and means the university apartments aren't an extension of the typical hall experience with hall traditions or corporate activities. Instead, the apartments give residents more of a “real life” experience. Social life and activities are often unstructured—helping residents learn to be purposeful with their time and relationships, balancing competing agendas and priorities while enjoying a different kind of community.
Campbell Hall is a university apartment complex for upperclassmen, with minimum credit requirements for residents. Campbell was built in 2008 and houses 60 students.
Wolgemuth Hall is a university apartment for upperclassmen, with minimum credit requirements for residents. Built in 2011, it houses 92 students on its three floors.
English Hall houses 225 women in rooms arranged in suites of three to four rooms. Each suite is shared by six to ten women.
Once a month, the women of English take part in an All Hall event, including “English Tea”, where students gather for tea and pancakes and listen to a guest speaker share about a pertinent topic that fits with the annual theme for English Hall.
Residents participate in events such as the “Broomball” pick-a-date and an elaborate Christmas open house. English Hall also celebrates the legacy of Mary Tower English through an “MTE Week” competition among the nine wings.
Olson Hall is home to 300 women, making it Taylor’s largest women’s hall. It was first called East Hall but renamed Olson Hall in 1974. The hall follows a traditional residence hall layout with rooms lining both sides of a T-shaped corridor. Each of its three floors is divided into wings.
Olson is home to a wide range of women who enjoy spending time together in the hall and in the classroom. Residents can participate in pick-a-dates with their wings, including traditional events such as roller skating, visiting fall festivals, outdoor movies, Murder Mystery parties, and relay races. On nice days, you can find students scattered on Olson’s front lawn, known as “Olson Beach.” During the colder winter months, you can find students in Olson connecting over warm cups of coffee or tea. Throughout the year, Olson hosts a variety of hall-wide programs including pancake breakfasts with educational speakers from our community dodgeball tournament, decorating the hall for a Christmas open house, and the much-anticipated Grace Olson Pageant in honor of the hall’s namesake.
Samuel Morris Hall has had three iterations throughout the life of the University. The first Samuel Morris Hall was built in 1894, one year after the passing of its namesake, and was paid for through profits from the sales of The Spirit-Filled Life, Thaddeus Reade’s biography of Samuel Morris. In 1958, the two-story building was reconstructed as a four-story hall.
Today’s Samuel Morris Hall, completed in 1998, is the university’s most modern large-scale residence hall, and its largest in terms of square feet. Commonly known on campus as “Sammy,” the hall houses 300 men and features a basement rec room, air conditioning, and centrally located lounges on each floor. With long-standing traditions and highly developed floor identities, Sammy provides a place where meaningful lifelong relationships can be built.
Wengatz Hall, built in 1965, houses 300 men, making it one of Taylor’s largest residence halls. Wengatz follows a traditional residence hall layout with rooms lining both sides of a T-shaped corridor. Each of its three floors is divided into wings.
The residence hall has a tradition of themed pick-a-dates and casual group dates, including Spring Fling, Canoeing, and Famous Couples pick-a-dates. Other hall and wing activities include the Wengatz Olympics each January, Wild West Week, Melon and Gourd, and more.
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