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New Residents

Congratulations on choosing Doane University as your new home away from home!  We're excited to welcome to our beautiful campus.  Doane University pursues a philosophy of learning while living together.  Although it varies year to year, approximately two thirds of our student body live in the residence halls.

Early Arrival Move In Dates (9am - Noon)

August 8th, 2016: Women's Soccer, Volleyball

August 11th, 2016: Football, Men's Soccer, Athletic Trainers

August 17th, 2016: Cheer and Dance, Cross Country, Golf, Bridge/STEM Community

First Year Student Move In Dates (1pm to 4pm)

August 21st, 2016: All First Year Students

Residence Halls at a Glance

  • Doane University has six residence halls with a combined capacity of 832 residents.  Smith Hall, Sheldon Hall, and Frees Hall are traditional style.  Hansen Leadership Hall and Burrage & Colonial Halls (the "Quads") are suite style.
  • Our traditional halls are co-ed by room.
  • Hansen and the Quads are restricted to upperclassmen, with the exception of Directions students in Hansen.
  • Colonial is home to our Themed Communities, a student-led housing option for upperclass residents who plan to live and learn together from shared experience.  Themed Communities may be co-ed, but must register to do so.
  • More information about our halls is available here.

Furniture in the Halls

Every room on campus is furnished, but students sometimes choose to bring some of their own furniture, such as futons. All residence halls provide lofts to residents.  Furniture policy allows residents to bring futons, small fridges, book shelves, office chairs, or small, modular shelving/drawers (like the kind Rubbermaid and other companies make).  If you have any questions about furniture you would like to bring, please contact  


We offer quite a number of amenities in our halls, including laundry facilities and a wireless network.  As an incoming student, you will learn more about the amenities when you attend your Enrollment Day.  We also provide a list of what to bring when you move into the halls.  In addition to the many amenities, Residence Life and Housing allow you to keep fish as pets.


Dining Services

Whether you're looking for a meal, a snack, or a hot drink, Perry Campus Center is the place to be.  Sodexo provides all dining services at Doane University.  They are able to answer any questions you might have about nutrition, food choices, and prices.  If you're looking for information on meal plans, please contact our Business Office at 402.826.8200.