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New Housing Opportunities

  Thomas J. Kinghorn Hall

Thomas J. Kinghorn Hall, a $35.6-million structure, is the third new or extensively renovated residence facility to open on campus in four years. Renovations to DeHority Complex were completed in 2009, and Park Hall was built in 2007. Kinghorn Hall houses 600 students and features all the amenities that are attracting more upperclassmen to live on campus.

At more than 205,000 square feet, the hall features state-of-the-art technology and first-class amenities, including two two-story lounges with additional lounge space and game rooms on each floor, a fitness room, computer lab, music practice room with recording areas, laundry room, seminar rooms for small groups, a multipurpose room for large meetings, and the Tom John Food Shop dining service. Kinghorn Hall was built to LEED certification standards from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Ball State’s residence halls offer 10 living-learning communities allowing students to live with others pursuing their area of study or lifestyle choices and encourage interaction outside the classroom. Faculty from academic departments, schools, and colleges on campus facilitate study sessions and advise students in each community, helping them achieve better grades.

Living-learning communities for specific majors include:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice (including sociology, psychology, and political science)
  • Languages (including Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish)
  • Nursing

Other communities include:

  • Discover (for undecided majors)
  • Emerging Media (for students interested in new technology)
  • Honors (for Honors College students)
  • International (for students interested in study abroad and world cultures)
  • SURF—Students Uniting to Remain Free (for students abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs)

Goal 4, Objective E: By 2010, construct two new residence halls.

Goal 4, Objective F: By 2012, double the number of students who participate in enhanced living-learning community opportunities that are academically based and theme connected.