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.
Residence Hall Descriptions
McReynolds Hall Residence for first-year students.
A three-story traditional style residence hall with a capacity of approximately 240
All rooms are double-occupancy; living areas (12’x15’) with community restroom and
shower located on each wing
Provided in each room per person: bed, desk, bookshelf, chair, build in closet unit,
shared mirrored vanity, dresser drawers and upper-level storage. The standard twin
mattresses in McReynolds hall are being cycled out to extra-long twin mattresses.
Students will be notified of their mattress size through their housing letters.
Cable outlet (only one each)
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
Tutoring center available 24/7; designed to help freshmen make the transition to college-level
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
Primary campus residence for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
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 each)
Major renovations completed in 2008 with new laundry rooms on each floor, first-floor
exercise room, second-floor kitchen, and third-floor study lounge
New bedroom furniture, flooring, windows and window treatments
Lobby area features a fireplace, outdoor patio, booth seating, large-screen TV, piano,
game tables, study area with computers, wireless Internet in the lobby, vending machines
Whitney Hall Virtual Tour
Jacket Suite Apartments
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
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
Apartment housing for senior level students.
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
Easily accessible parking in front of the building