Residence Hall Information

Office of Residence Life

Your Home Away from Home
Defiance College's campus residences offer comfortable living spaces that foster personal, social and academic growth. DC students have the option to live in one of our co-ed residence halls, Whitney or McReynolds, or on-campus apartment-style housing, Jacket Suites or Grand Avenue Apartments.

Our on-campus residence hall options vary from traditional living units to apartment style suites. In the past, these residential facilities may have been referred to as dormitories. By definition a dormitory is a place for eating and sleeping only. A residence hall offers more extensive living facilities (e.g. lounges, game rooms, study areas, meeting areas, TV rooms and laundry facilities). Also, a residence hall operates with an educational and holistic philosophy that works to positively impacts students during their formative college experience. The on-campus residential communities of McReynolds, Whitney, Jacket Suites and Grand Avenue should be referred to as residence halls (halls for short), not dorms or dormitories.

Incoming Freshmen
Wondering who will be your roommate? There is always anxiety about the college roommate process, and it's natural to be nervous, but don't worry! Students are paired, for the best fit, based on entry housing surveys. If it doesn't work out, we can fix it. Two weeks after move-in there is a consolidation period. Residents will work with their hall director and RA to change rooms.

McReynolds Hall

Residence for first-year students

Room Model (pdf)McReynolds Hall

  • A three-story traditional style residence hall with a capacity of approximately 240 students

  • All rooms are double-occupancy; living areas (12’x15’) with community restroom and shower located on each wing

  • Provided in each room per person: extra-long twin mattress (36”x80”), desk, chair, built in closet unit, and dresser drawers. 

  • Cable outlet (only one in each room)

  • Common areas feature a large-screen TV and game tables, wireless internet in the lobby and vending machines

  • Major renovations in 2007 with new bathrooms, showers, and laundry rooms on each floor

  • Roommates assigned based on information submitted by students when they fill out the Housing Application and matched for the best fit

McReynolds Hall Virtual Tour

Whitney Hall

Primary campus residence for sophomores, juniors, and seniorsWhitney Hall

  • A three-story traditional style residence hall with a capacity of approximately 215

  • Double-occupancy; living areas (12’x15’) with community restroom and shower areas located on each wing

  • Provided in each room per person: extra-long twin mattress (36”x80”), desk, chair, closet, dresser, Internet jack, telephone jack and cable outlet (only one in each room)

  • Major renovations completed in 2008 with new laundry rooms on each floor, first-floor study lounge, second-floor kitchen, and third-floor study lounge

  • New bedroom furniture, flooring, windows and window treatments

  • Lobby area features a fireplace, outdoor patio, large-screen TV, piano, game tables, study area with computers, wireless Internet in the lobby, vending machines

Whitney Hall Virtual Tour


Jacket Suite Apartments

Jacket Suites

Apartment-style housing for upperclassmen with themed units: Academic Excellence, Service Leadership, and Greek Life.

  • One-story quad style apartments are divided into three pods; each containing four to five individual apartment units

  • Central lounge in each pod with big-screen television and study area

  • Four-person, two-bedroom suites include kitchenette, private bath, and storage/study area

  • Fully furnished bedrooms include a loftable bed with extra-long twin mattress, desk, dresser and wardrobe

  • Each apartment building has an atrium-style commons area encircling an outdoor courtyard

  • Parking available across the street

  • Each apartment building houses coin-operated washer and dryer

  • Cable and high-speed Internet

  • Central air/heat in each apartment

Grand Avenue Apartments

Grand Avenue Apartments

Apartment housing for senior level students.

  • One-story apartments

  • Located within short walking distance to campus

  • Two fully furnished bedrooms in each apartment (students must utilize personal furniture for living room / dining area)

  • Room include a loft bed with extra-long twin mattress, desk, dresser, built in closets and window treatments

  • Private bath with spacious living room

  • Complete kitchen includes full-sized refrigerator, range, lots of cabinet space with a dining area

  • Smoke detectors in all bedrooms and common areas

  • Washer and dryer in each apartment – free of charge

  • Cable and high-speed Internet

  • Central air/heat

  • Easily accessible parking in front of the building