McDonel Hall

McDonel Hall is located in the River Trail Neighborhood. It was opened in 1963 and named for Irma and Karl McDonel. Karl was secretary to the State Board of Agriculture (now the MSU Board of Trustees). McDonel Hall provides optimal housing for returning students, transfer students and those wanting a quiet, more mature atmosphere. It is also home of the living-learning community for the Residential Business Program.


  • Suite-style bathrooms
  • Single and double rooms
  • Both coed and non-coed floors available
  • Quiet floors available
  • River Trail Engagement Center
  • Home to the Residential Business Program, a living-learning community
  • Sparty's Refresh

Contact Information:
East McDonel Service Center: 517-353-1292
West McDonel Service Center: 517-353-1602
Community Director: Bristol Day, 517-353-1598,
Facilities Manager: Tom Welburn, 517-884-4414,

McDonel student groups wishing to reserve meeting space, e-mail
Other groups wishing to reserve meeting space, e-mail