The mission of Residence Life is to globally impact lives of students by creating an opportunity in which residents are immersed in an environment that teaches valuable life skills, integrates academic knowledge with experiences outside of the classroom, and engages them in the Rochester College community in order to instill a lifelong desire to mature intellectually and spiritually.

Campus living at Rochester College can be a great experience. All single traditional students 22 years and younger are required to live in campus housing unless they are living with a relative over the age of 25. The residence halls are generally for traditional students. Rochester College houses up to 288 residential students in two residence halls. View room layout and descriptions of each dorm by clicking the Residence Halls tab above.

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Residence Halls

Alma Gatewood Hall

Alma Gatewood Hall is a three-story structure near the center of campus that can house up to 132 residents, primarily freshmen. There is a laundry room/kitchenette equipped with two washers and dryers, a sink, a stove and a microwave for both the male and female areas. Rooms are arranged in suites with two double occupant rooms connected by a shared bath. Furnishings on first and second floors include a bed with loft and bunk capabilities, a walk in closet or wardrobe, a desk, a hutch, a chest of drawers, and a chair for each resident. Third floor furnishings include a bed with loft and bunk capabilities, built-in desk, shelves, closet and a chair for each resident. First and second floor rooms are tiled and third floor rooms are carpeted. Telephone, cable and network Internet services are included in the cost of room and residential support fees.

The lobby of Alma Gatewood Hall is a popular meeting place for residents. There is a lounge to watch TV and movies or play video games and study tables to work on homework or play cards. A computer and a printer is also provided in the lobby. Like all of our residence halls, Alma Gatewood lobby is wireless.


Ferndale / Hoggatt Hall

Ferndale/Hoggatt Residence Hall was built in 1997. This hall has two wings, Hoggatt Hall for male students and Ferndale Hall for female students. Each floor houses approximately 35 students with a total capacity for both of 138 students. These are preferred halls for students who have completed 30 hours or two semesters at Rochester College. It also houses some transfer students who have completed 30 or more hours at other academic institutions. Ferndale and Hoggatt Halls also offer additional privileges like no curfew for those that qualify, so get your reservation in early!

Rooms are arranged in suites with two double occupant rooms connected by a shared bath. Furnishings include a bed with loft and bunk capabilities, a wardrobe, a desk, a chest of drawers, and a chair for each resident. Floors are tiled and residents may bring in carpet remnants if they wish. Telephone, cable and network or wireless Internet services are included in the cost of room and residential support fees. Each wing has a kitchen on the first floor supplied with a table, chairs, stove, sink and counter space.

Dearborn Commons is a shared lobby connecting the two halls. Residents of Ferndale and Hoggatt share laundry facilities that have five washing machines and six dryers that are also used by the residents of Palmer Hall. The mail area is also located in Dearborn Commons. The lobby is ideal for everyone to relax, play cards, watch television, and do homework in. Dearborn Commons is open 24 hours a day for residents and their guests and a Security Officer monitors the lobby each night and signs residents and their guests in and out. Dearborn Commons has a computer and printer for student use.



Palmer Hall

Palmer Hall, found to the north of Ferndale Hall, is currently designated as married student housing. If there are units available after accommodating all married housing requests, occupancy may be granted to non-traditional students 25 years and older who are enrolled in the Traditional Program. The units are carpeted studio apartments with a walk in closet and small bathroom. Each unit has a door opening to the outside and one assigned parking space directly in front of Palmer Hall. Students interested in living in Palmer Hall must apply in advance and are granted housing on a first come first serve basis with priority given to married couples. The residence hall has 8 units and each is prepared for phone, cable and network Internet connections. Five units offer kitchenettes that include a refrigerator, stove, and kitchen cabinets. Palmer Hall is intended as an intermediate housing option for students adjusting to living on their own and housing is only guaranteed for one academic year at a time allowing for new residents to receive its transitional benefits.


Resident Directors (RD) are full-time employees who live in each residence hall and are responsible for working alongside student Residence Life staff to build community and encourage residents in their educational, physical, psychological and spiritual development. Resident Assistants (RA) are employed by the college to assist the Resident Director. Their primary responsibility is creating community and encouraging unity in the residence halls and on their floors through intentional co-curricular and social programming and peer mentoring. RAs are available to answer many of your questions about campus life.


Eating on Campus
The Fletcher Center Cafeteria, operated by Aladdin, is located in the lower level of the Associates Campus Center building and provides several dining concepts to cater to different diets and preferences similar to a food court. Three meals are served daily except on Saturday and Sunday where brunch and dinner are provided. Wireless Internet is also offered in the cafeteria.

All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan except those living in Palmer Hall with kitchenettes. The basic meal plan contains 19-meals per week and $100 Warriorbucks declining balance credited on the ID Card. A reduced, 10 meal per week plan is available to Palmer residents without kitchenettes and to students with extenuating circumstances such as those involved in student teaching or off campus internships. Meals are non-transferable. Residents requesting a reduced meal plan or a complete exemption must complete a form available on the student portal in The Center for Student Life and submit appropriate documentation. Requests for exemption are approved only when medical conditions dictate that the college meal plan or any modifications of the meal plan are unable to meet the needs of the student.

To learn more about Aladdin, view current menu and catering menu visit: rc.edudine.com 

Students on a meal plan must enter the cafeteria by swiping their ID Card. Each resident may use the ID Card declining balance feature to purchase a meal in the café or cafeteria for themselves or their guests. Specific dining policies can be read in Residence Life Handbook and/or the Food Service Guidelines publication available in the cafeteria.

Students who commute to campus can purchase a meal plan, a block of 15, 50 or 75 meals, or deposit money onto the ID Card declining balance feature through the Business Office. Students without a meal plan will be required to pay cash at the door or use available funds on their ID Card.

The Atrium Café is located in the Isom Atrium in the West Side Central Auditorium. Students and their guests may purchase a meal, snack or beverage using cash or their ID Card declining balance feature. The cafe is equipped with comfortable coffee house style seating and wireless internet.

Vending Machines are located throughout campus, in the laundry room off of Dearborn Commons, in Alma Gatewood lobby (beverage machine only), Associates Campus Center lobby and the Utley- McCauley Student Center to provide snacks and Coca-Cola beverages. The machines are coin and credit card operated.