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Mary Donlon Hall

Housing Location

Mary Donlon Hall, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Mary Donlon Hall - named for one of the country's first female judges, a Cornell alumna - is known for its sociable ambiance and close-knit community. The building has an expansive, light-filled first floor with seating areas, a lounge, and a library. The theater-style multipurpose room, with its large-screen TV, is a popular place for students to hang out and play Dance-Dance-Revolution, watch Monday Night Football, and have movie nights.

Donlon Hall also offers great leadership opportunities for its residents. The community has a very active Hall Council that organizes events ranging from volleyball tournaments to Donlon's own version of the World Series of Poker. Residents also have the opportunity to serve on the Judicial Board.

Explore the Donlon Hall community pages in CampusGroups.

Community features: 

  • Open to first-year students 
  • 450+ Residents 
  • Located on North Campus 
  • Single and double rooms arranged along corridors, with shared bathrooms 
  • Lounges, study areas, a library, a piano, shared kitchens, and laundry facilities 
  • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and a desk chair, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, and floor carpeting 
  • Wireless Internet access  

Donlon Hall rooms do not have air conditioning.  

Faculty involvement:
Jed Sparks, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is the Faculty-in-Residence for Donlon Hall. He and his family live in an apartment in the building and regularly spend time with student members of the Donlon community.

Donlon also has a number of Faculty and Community Fellows that provide students with opportunities to explore and cultivate their academic, intellectual, and cultural interests. You will find them attending events in your building, eating with students in the dining room, and leading on and off campus trips to lectures, plays, films, concerts, and regional points of interest. 

Mail and packages:
Visit the Service Center website for student mail and package information.

Dining options:
Learn about Cornell Dining's meal plans.
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