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McDonel Hall
McDonel Hall

McDonel Hall

River Trail Neighborhood

McDonel Hall is located in River Trail Neighborhood. It was opened in 1963 and named for Irma and Karl McDonel. Karl was secretary to the State Board of Agriculture, which is 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.

Floor Plans

  • Double Room

    Floor plan dimensions are approximate — room size and furniture dimensions can vary from room to room. 

    Mcdonel hall floor plan

Virtual Tour

Building style:

Neighborhood: River Trail

Year built: 1963

Number of Floors:

East McDonel Service Center: 517-353-1292

West McDonel Service Center: 517-353-1602

Schedule a Tour: MSU Tours

Engagement Center: McDonel

Address: 817 E. Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48825

Building Features

  • Suite-style bathrooms
  • Single- and double-style rooms
  • Quiet floors
  • Flexible housing floors
  • Barrier-free housing floors
  • Fully furnished
  • In-room Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Co-ed floors
  • Barrier-free housing
  • Bike storage 
  • Music practice room
  • TV lounge
  • Meeting space

McDonel Hall Location


Want to see more?

Explore other halls in River Trail Neighborhood.

Van Hoosen Hall l I Shaw Hall | Owen Hall |

East McDonel Service Center


West McDonel Service Center



Community Director 

Danielle Merrill



Assistant Director of Residence Education

Eddie Nguyen-Koelzer



Sheena Ballbach

Facilities Manager

Sheena Ballbach


Michelle Keller Photo

Dining Manager

Michelle Keller



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