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Residence Halls

Residence Halls

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Our residence halls offer the familiar comforts of home, allowing students to easily form relationships, stay involved, and immerse themselves in the traditional college experience.
All residence halls are traditional-style, except Hansen Hall and Burrage (suite-style).

Wash Alert is a monitoring system allowing students to check on the status and availability of the washers and dryers in their residence halls. Sign up today! (Must be on Doane VPN)

To report an issue in your room or building, please contact your Community Advisor or Director. If you have a serious or urgent situation, please contact 911 or our on-call numbers. Facilities provide 24/7 emergency maintenance services.

Residence Life Emergency Lines

Southside: Hansen, Sheldon, Frees (402) 826-8475
Northside: Burrage, Colonial, Smith (402) 826-8301
These numbers reach our emergency-line cell phones, meaning we cannot provide administrative support when called at these numbers.

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Crete, NE 68333

Mailbox numbers are handed out by the Service Bureau and you can pick up your key during move-in day.

Frees Hall

exterior photo of frees hallNamed for Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Frees, Frees Hall features a relaxed, homey atmosphere, offering a haven from the hustle and bustle of college life. A tiered, indoor theatre is perfect for Friday night movies, an outdoor grill offers space to gather with friends for home games, and a game room with a pool table provides a study break option—students are able to easily mingle and make friends.

Frees Hall was completed in 1931 as a women's residence, and was designed by Dean and Dean, Architects. The building matches Smith Hall in design and was built to accommodate 185 students.

A 450-seat dining hall was included in the basement, where students ate their meals until the campus center was built. The hall is named for Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Frees for their “generous interest in Christian education in Nebraska.”

Frees is now a coed residence. A 2009 renovation project restored and improved this campus landmark, adding amenities such as air conditioning, remodeled bedrooms and living spaces, a game lounge and theater area, and outdoor gathering spaces.

Other amenities include a vending machine, free laundry facilities, and live in ResLife staff members.

Each room in Frees provides a set of furniture for each resident. The rooms come with a twin XL bed and mattress, closet, window shades, a desk with a chair, dressers, tiled flooring, trash can and recycling bin, and lofting equipment for the bed.

Sheldon Hall

exterior photo of Sheldon hallSheldon Hall offers students an opportunity to meet new people, make connections, and stay involved during their college living experience. This energetic hall boasts a music studio, TV lounge, and classroom, as well as an outdoor fireplace and lawn games. Sheldon Hall takes its name from Margaret Thompson Sheldon, the first woman on Doane University’s Board of Trustees who served the college for 21 years.

Sheldon Hall, a co-ed residence hall located east of Frees Hall, opened in 1970 as a women’s residence hall. The three-story building was called "the new dorm" until 1978, when it was dedicated as Sheldon Hall after Margaret Thompson Sheldon, class of 1886. She was the first woman on the Board of Trustees, first Dean of Women and a professor of English, serving the college for 21 years.

A renovation project in 2010 enhanced the hall’s living spaces and added an exterior gathering area with a fireplace, lounges, a classroom, and a music room.

Other amenities include a vending machine, free laundry facilities, and live in ResLife staff members.

Each room in Sheldon provides a set of furniture for each resident. The rooms come with a twin XL bed and mattress, closet, window shades, a desk with a chair, dressers, tiled flooring, trash can and recycling bin, and lofting equipment for the bed.

Smith Hall

exterior photo of Smith hallSleek and modern, Smith Hall is the perfect residence hall for students who appreciate rest and relaxation. This four-story hall includes a gaming room outfitted with multiple gaming consoles and TVs. Smith Hall also features a lounge area and an outdoor courtyard with a grill and fireplace, allowing students of every interest to enjoy themselves.

Smith Hall (formerly Men’s Hall) was renamed in 1977 to honor Charles C. Smith, class of 1887, a former trustee and benefactor of the college. In 1929, Smith contributed a substantial, then-anonymous gift to assure construction of Men’s Hall.  The renaming of the building provided public recognition of his earlier contribution. 

The building became a co-ed residence with the completion of a 2011 renovation project.  The project added a fourth floor to the landmark building.  Other improvements included a lounge area, gaming room, kitchen, computer lab with printing access, and an outdoor courtyard that includes a fireplace and grill.

Amenities include a vending machine, free laundry facilities, and live in ResLife staff members.

Each room in Smith provides a set of furniture for each resident. The rooms come with a twin XL bed and mattress, closet, window shades, a desk with a chair, dressers, tiled flooring, trash can and recycling bin, and lofting equipment for the bed.

Hansen Leadership Hall

exterior photo of Hansen hallHansen Leadership Hall is home to our Leadership and Honors Students; its comfortable suite-style spaces offer plenty of space for students to study or relax. The spacious lobby gives students a place to mingle, play the piano, play board games, or watch tv when study time is over. Hansen Hall is named after the late Zenon C.R. Hansen, and funded in part by The Zenon Hansen Foundation.

Hansen Leadership Hall was completed in 2000. The building is named for the late Zenon C.R. Hansen, former CEO of Mack Trucks, and was funded in part by The Zenon Hansen Foundation. The building has suite-style rooms; each suite has gender inclusive housing and a shared restroom.

Hansen offers a classroom, an elevator, a fusball table in the lobby, and a relaxation room located on the third floor.

Other amenities include a vending machine, free laundry facilities, and live in ResLife staff members.

Each room in Hansen provides a set of furniture for each resident. The rooms come with a twin XL bed and mattress, closet, window blinds, a desk with a chair, dressers, carpeted flooring, trash can and recycling bin, and lofting equipment for the bed.

Freshmen are able to live in this hall only if they are part of the Directions Leadership Program. For more information about Directions, please follow this link.

Burrage Hall

exterior photo of Burrage hallBurrage Hall is a suite-style residence for upperclassmen. Burrage consists of four bedrooms (two students per bedroom) with a shared living space and bathroom; it is also home to the majority of our Greek Life organizations. Burrage Hall is named for Dwight G. Burrage, who was an instructor at Doane from 1906-1944.

Burrage Hall was completed in 1966 as Georgian Hall. In 1978, the hall was renamed for Dwight G. Burrage, instructor in Greek and Latin and registrar from 1906-44.

Other amenities include a vending machine, free laundry facilities, and live in ResLife staff members.

Each room in Burrage provides a set of furniture for each resident. The rooms come with a twin XL bed and mattress, closet, window shades, a desk with a chair, dressers, carpeted flooring, trash can, and lofting equipment for the bed.