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Drake University believes that the experience students receive from the residence hall program benefits their academic, social, intellectual and personal growth. The philosophy of Drake University is that student life in the residence halls is not separate from the academic mission of the University, but rather it is supportive of the students’ total development. The overriding goal of the Office of Residence Life (ORL) is to align the residence education structure with that of the overall University to provide an intentional, progressive and dynamic student experience.

Therefore, all full-time students must live in the Drake University residence halls during any period of university enrollment occurring within two years following their high school graduation. Students meeting this requirement during the contract year are expected to fulfill the terms of the contract. Exceptions include individuals who are married or live within a 45-mile radius of Drake University and have requested and received written approval from the Office of Residence Life to live off campus with a parent/legal guardian. Any student who is beyond two years of high school graduation is not required to live in a residence hall but may elect to do so if space is available.

A written request for an exception to this policy must be filed with the Office of Residence Life prior to the semester for which the request is made. Students may also pursue medical exemptions from the residence rule by contacting the Office of Disability Students Services.

The University maintains eight coeducational residence halls for undergraduates. The residence halls have 24-hour desk services, laundry facilities and mail service. The size of the rooms varies, but each residence hall room has a twin bed, desk and chair (type of furniture will vary per hall). All rooms have windows and a telephone jack with phone mail. All residence hall rooms are wired for cable TV, as well as Ethernet, which provides Internet access. All residence halls also offer wireless internet connection.

Drake Dining Services offers meal plans that enable students to enjoy meals and snacks seven days a week at several locations on campus. Options are designed to meet a wide variety of dietary needs, preferences and lifestyles, from vegetarian, pizza, pasta and all you can eat to late-night and carryout choices. Dining services staff assists students to meet their individual dietary needs. All students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan.

Drake’s residence halls and dining facilities include the following:

Carpenter Hall, 2900 Forest Avenue, is named for Mary Carpenter, dean of women from 1897 to 1908 and 1918 to 1930. Carpenter was a member of the Drake Class of 1885.

Crawford Hall, 1333 30th Street, is named for Robert A. Crawford, an early Des Moines banker and philanthropist. He was treasurer of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1924 to 1937.

Goodwin-Kirk Hall, 1215 30th Street, recognizes the contributions of two longtime associates of the University. William J. Goodwin was a Drake graduate and served as president of Drake’s Board of Trustees. Sherman Kirk was a faculty member from 1897 to 1940 and dean of Drake’s Bible College. Goodwin-Kirk Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Herriott Hall, 2842 Forest Avenue, takes its name from Frank I. Herriott, a political science professor at Drake from 1903 to 1941. He was instrumental in establishing a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Drake. Herriott Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Jewett Hall, 2801 University Avenue, is named for George A. Jewett, a founder of the University. He also served as secretary of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1882 to 1934. Jewett Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Morehouse Hall, 2803 University Avenue, is named for Drake’s sixth president, Daniel W. Morehouse. The hall and the Drake Stadium were built during his presidency from 1922 to 1941.

Stalnaker Hall, 1319 30th Street, is named for Luther W. Stalnaker, a Drake alumnus and professor of philosophy. He also was dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1940 to 1954.

Ross Hall, 1214 31st Street, takes its name from Luther S. Ross, a botany professor who provided initial faculty recognition for intercollegiate athletics at Drake.

Hubbell Dining Hall is named for Grover C. Hubbell, a member of an Iowa pioneer family and member of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1929 to 1956. Hubbell also served as chair of the board from 1931 to 1948. Hubbell North, the all-you-care-to-eat buffet option, Quad Creek Café with pizza, sandwiches, Mexican, and classic grill items, and Spike’s Spot, the convenience store.

Olmsted Center is named for George H. Olmsted, an Iowa philanthropist and member of Drake’s Board of Trustees. The center provides dining services for residence hall students and other members of the University community. It also offers student lounges, Student Life and Residence Life offices, meeting rooms and conference facilities.

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