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Owen Hall

Owen Hall is a favorite to both underclassmen and graduate students. All rooms in Owen Hall are single rooms. The hall is home to a Sparty’s Refresh and the allergen-free Thrive dining hall. Students living in Owen Hall have the option to choose a dining plan, but this is not required.

Fun fact: Owen Hall is named after Floyd Owen, class of 1902, who provided part of the funding to build the hall. It was the first co-ed hall with male and female students living in their respective wings.

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McDonel Hall

McDonel Hall is centrally located on campus and serves as the home of the First-Year Residential Business Community (RBC). Its proximity to the Broad College of Business makes it a popular choice among business majors. Inside McDonel, you'll find Sparty's Store, the River Trail Engagement Center, and the nearby Thrive Dining Hall in Owen. This makes McDonel a lively and convenient community for both new and returning Spartans!

McDonel Hall Location

Shaw Hall

Shaw Hall is known by Spartans for being conveniently located at the heart of campus and across the street from the CATA bus station. The hall is home to The Vista, a newly renovated residential dining facility.

Fun fact: Shaw Hall is named for Robert Sidey Shaw, MSU’s 11th president who led the University through the Great Depression.

Shaw Hall Location

Van Hoosen Hall

Van Hoosen Hall is known by Spartans as an apartment-style residence hall. The hall is available to women in their second year at MSU. Van Hoosen Hall has a community building that is used for social events and houses resident laundry facilities. The hall is does not require students to select a dining plan. For 2023-24 Van Hoosen apartments will hold three residents each. 

Fun fact: Van Hoosen Hall is named after Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen, a fifth-generation farmer and a leading genetic researcher who donated land to MSU.

Van Hoosen Hall Location

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