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Our Residences

Housing Options 

  • First Year Housing – Dotzour Hall and Metzler Hall
    Dotzour and Metzler will be reserved for first-year students, with limited rooms available to sophomore and junior students.  Unlimited meal plan required for freshman. Upperclassmen can choose between the Unlimited and 14 Meal Plans. 
  • Bittinger Hall and Morrison Hall
    Bittinger and Morrison will be primarily for upper class students: sophomore, junior, and senior status students.  Bittinger is designated for female students.  Morrison is designated for male students.  Auto Restoration majors often reside in Bittinger and Morrison.  Bittinger and Morrison upperclassmen are required to have the 14-meal plan. 
  • Apartments & MC Houses – Baer Apartments, Deerfield Apartments, Lakeside Apartments, and Terra Nova
    These apartments will be reserved for upper class students: sophomore, junior, and senior status students. 
    A change for 2022-2023:  The college will not provide internet service in the Lakeside apartments and MC Houses including Deerfield; residents will be responsible for purchasing their own internet.  Baer, MC Houses, and Lakeside residents are required to have the 10-meal plan.  Terra Nova residents are required to have a double commuter meal plan (60 meals a semester) or the 10-meal plan. 
  • Pet Friendly Housing – Baer Apartments
    Baer Apartments will be designated Pet Friendly housing!  This means that residents will be permitted to have cats, dogs, and other designated animals as pets.  All pets must meet all requirements and must be approved before they are on campus.  All residents must meet additional expectations to reside in Baer, and will be charged an additional $200.00 fee to be applied to pet-friendly improvements and any damages.  Baer residents are required to have the 10-meal plan. 
  • Gender Neutral Housing – Harter Hall
    Harter Hall is designated gender-neutral housing.  This community embraces and promotes the health and safety of LGBTQIA+ identifying students and allies/sibling.  Residents of this area may select roommates of any gender identity, and must demonstrate support to the residents of Harter.  Discrimination and misconduct of the community will not be tolerated.  Harter residents are required to have the 10-meal plan. 

Room Examples and Dimensions:  
studentlife-residenceroomdimensions.pdf ( 

Pricing Per Semester: 

Bittinger Hall, Dotzour Hall, Metzler Hall, Morrison Hall 

Double $2,002 

Single $3,002 

Harter Hall, Baer Apartments, Lakeside Apartments 

Double $2,614 

Single $3,614  

$100 apartment fee 

$200 pet friendly fee (Baer Only) 

Deerfield Duplex & MC Houses 

Double $2,741 

Single $3,741 

$100 apartment fee 

Terra Nova Apartments 


$100 apartment fee 


Meal Plan Requirements 

Bittinger Hall, Dotzour Hall, Metzler Hall, Morrison Hall 

Freshman – Required Unlimited (19) Meal Plan  

Upperclass Students – Unlimited (19) or 14 Meal Plan 

Harter Hall, Baer Apartments, Lakeside Apartments 

10 Meal Plan Required 


Deerfield Duplex & MC Houses 

10 Meal Plan Required 

Terra Nova Apartments 

Athletes – Required Commuter Plan 

Off Campus Athletes 

10 Meal Plan Required 

Off Campus Housing 

All students must live in McPherson College housing unless they apply for and receive permission, in writing, from Student Affairs administration to live elsewhere, or if they meet the off-campus living exemptions before the beginning of the academic year.  Lakeside, MC Houses including Deerfield, Terra Nova, Baer, and Harter are considered “on-campus housing”.  This must be renewed annually. 

There are exemptions to the campus residency policy. All full-time students who are married and/or have dependents, live with their parents/legal guardians within McPherson County, or are at least 23 years of age on the official fall enrollment day for the academic year are not expected to live on the McPherson College campus.  Students who claim the exemption of living with parents/legal guardians will be required to submit an “Off Campus Verification” that is signed by the parents/legal guardians confirming that they are residing at the residence.  Falsification of information related to these exemptions will result in a housing charge for the entire contractual term.  Additional exemptions to the Residency policy may be granted in cases where people do not meet the above criteria.  

The following guidelines will be used, in part, to determine off-campus exception approvals. 

 Remember, submitting a request does not guarantee approval. Please do not sign a lease until you have received approval from the Office of Student Affairs in writing.  

Guidelines to Apply to live off-campus:  

  • 21 or JR status by the upcoming academic year  

  • 3.0 or above GPA  

  • Proof of reliable transportation  

  • A student in good standing academically  

  • A student with a positive conduct record  

Athletes living off campus are required to have a 10-meal plan.  Non-athletes living off campus are not required to have a meal plan, but are welcome to purchase one. 

Students who are granted permission to live off-campus will receive an email from Student Affairs clearly stating that they are approved.  These students will need to supply the Office of Student Affairs with a copy of their lease by the first day of the semester.  First round approval will be sent in April 2022 and will continue throughout the summer as available. 

Students will be approved to live off campus in order of academic seniority and GPA.   

Students who sign a lease prior to receiving approval or who falsify information to receive approval will be charged for housing for the entire contractual term. 

Students Currently Off Campus 

Students who have been approved to live off campus in the past MUST submit the 2022-2023 Housing & Off Campus Application.  Previously living off campus does not guarantee permission to live off campus again.   

Graduating Students 

Students who are graduating do not need to participate in housing selection!  Students who are unsure if they are graduating should confirm this with the registrar.   

Housing Application Information

HOUSING APPLICATION & STUDENT FORM 2022-2023 - All Current and New Bulldogs are required to complete the housing application and student demographic form. 

Current Bulldogs:

  • Housing Application is due by March 1, 2022.
  • Student Demographic form is due by April 15, 2022.
  • Off-Campus Request are completed here. We will start approvals in March. See off-campus housing for process. 
  • Current students will participate in a housing and roommate selection process in March, 2022!
  • Housing placements will be announced by June 1, 2022 with final placements on July 15, 2022. 

New Bulldogs:

  • Housing Application due ASAP after deposit is completed with Admissions.
  • Student Demographic form due ASAP after deposit is completed with Admissions. 
  • Off-Campus request are completed here. We will review approvals as able for new students and will send an official approval email informing you about your request.
  • Housing placements for New Bulldogs will be announced on July 15, 2022.  

Questions can be submitted to

Room Changes

To change your roommate, you MUST follow these steps. 

1. Talk to your roommate.  Address any concerns or issues that are creating issues for you both.  Work to find a solution to problems.  Give you and your roommate time to improve your living environment.

2. If there is no improvement in your living situation after you speak with your roommate, ask a Resident Assistant to complete a Roommate Contract.  The link is above.

3. Only after the RA Roommate Contract meeting takes place, and there is still no improvement, will a room or roommate change be considered.  The completed Roommate Contract must be uploaded to this request for the change to be considered.

4. If you know who you want to live with, each roommate should complete this form and have the desired roommate sign in the appropriate section.


Register Your Vehicle

If you haven't already registered your vehicle for the 2020-2021 academic year, please click here. McPherson College offers one free parking pass to every student, faculty, and staff member.

Fall Check-In

Check-in dates:
  • August 4 - Football
  • August 5 - Fall Athletes
  • August 15 - All other new international students
  • August 19 - All other first-time freshman
  • August 21 - Returning Students
More details will be sent soon about what check-in looks like!  Should you need arrive earlier, please complete the Early Arrival Request form also found on Bulldog Connect.  Approval must be obtained.  There is an additional charge to arrive before your check-in date.

Spring Check Out & Summer Check In

Non-Graduates MUST check out by 12:00pm on May 20.  Graduates MUST check out by 6:00pm on May 22. Residents who wish to stay for the summer MUST complete the Summer Housing Application - see details below!  Sign up for a check out time on the sheets outside of your RA's door.  Students checking out after May 20 should schedule an appointment by calling the RA on Duty or using this link:  Students checking into summer housing should use this same link!

Possible Fees:

  • Improper Check Out $100
  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Failure to Rearrange Furniture $50
  • Lost ID Card $10
  • Lost Access Keycard $10
  • Mattress Replacement $200
  • Window Screen Replacement $50
  • Lost Room Key: $100 for re-core and $50 per key
  • Window Replacement $100
  • Missing Furniture up to $500

Diagram of furniture arrangement:

Summer Housing and Storage Information

Summer Housing is available from May 20, 2022 through August 19, 2022 (91 days) in Lakeside Apartments, MC Houses, Deerfield Houses, and Terra Nova Apartments for $1,500 for summer charged in three $500 payments.  Rent must be paid in the Business Office by May 20, June 20, and July 20.    

Apply Here!

Storage:  Only residents in Terra Nova, Lakeside, Baer, MC Houses, and Deerfield will be able to store belongings in their assignment.  These residents MUST have lived in the assignment in the Spring and be returning to the same assignment in the Fall. Summer Storage Fee = $500 for the summer.  This is due May 20, 2022 to the Business Office.

Storage is not available on campus for residents of Dotzour, Metzler, Bittinger, and Morrison.  Residents of these buildings should plan to make arrangements to take belongings home or have them stored off campus during the summer.  Here are some local storage facilities in McPherson:

Non-Student Summer Rentals: Non-McPherson-students who are engaged in academic endeavors in McPherson for the summer are welcome to rent space from the College in the Lakeside Apartments.  McPherson College students have first opportunity to summer housing.  These guests may be subject to background checks.  These residents must pay the full amount up front.

Important Dates:

  • May 20 - Move Out for Students Not Graduating and Not Staying for the Summer
  • May 22 - Move Out for Graduating Students
  • May 28 - Move Out of Spring Assignments and Move In for Summer Residents (Students remain in Spring housing assignment until this date)
  • July 30 - Move Out of Summer Assignments and Move In to Fall Assignment
  • August 19 - Summer Charges end; Fall Charges begin

Dotzour RA Duty Phone 
(620) 755-7886

Metzler RA Duty Phone
(620) 504-4031

Bittinger, Morrison, and Apartment RA Duty Phone
(620) 654-6451

Residence Life Staff

The Housing and Residence Life team at McPherson College is responsible for the daily operation of each hall and to ensure the students within campus housing are happy, healthy, and safe. Each hall has student staff known as Lead Resident Assistants, Resident Assistants (RAs), and Assistant Resident Assistants. The RA is a resource and program person who works with the residents on a daily basis. RAs are intended to build community in their halls.  Please contact if you have any questions or concerns!

Residential Living Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the college supply for those living in on-campus residence halls?
    We supply you with a twin-size bed, a dresser or closet (depending on which residence hall you’ll live in), and a desk. Students also receive access to internet.
  • Are pets allowed in the residence halls?
    Pets are not permitted in the residence halls other than fish in a 10-gallon tank or smaller.
  • Can I cook in the residence halls?
    Yes! Each residence hall has a full kitchen, complete with a toaster, microwave, stove/oven, and refrigerator/freezer.
  • Is alcohol allowed on campus?
    No form of alcohol is allowed on campus, regardless of your age. We enforce this policy for the safety of the campus community.
  • What appliances are allowed in residence hall rooms?
    You can have a refrigerator (6 cubic feet or smaller). Our students do not have microwaves, toasters, or other items with heating elements in their personal rooms due to safety.
  • What is the policy for guests in my room?
    You are responsible for your guests and their actions, and your roommate must consent to the visitor. We also have visitation hours which are posted in the dorms. No guests under the age of 18 are allowed in the residence halls without written approval by Residence Life.
  • What items are not allowed in residence halls?
    We do not allow firearms, weapons of any kind, fireworks, dangerous chemicals, gasoline storage, candles, halogen bulbs, pets, or other items which may interfere with a safe and healthy campus.

Can I Get Renter's Insurance?

Yes! We recommend doing so! While we do not endorse any specific company, many of our students have had luck with this provider

What should I bring?

  • Television
  • Steaming memberships
  • Refrigerator (up to 6 cubic feet)
  • Cell phone with good service/coverage where your college is
  • Computer (preferably a laptop)
  • Power strip/surge protector
  • Sports equipment (football, volleyball, basketball, and any other type of ball)
  • Desk Lamp
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Laundry soap
  • Eating utensils
  • Cups and plates 
  • Twin XL Bedding – Most dorm beds measure 39 x 80 – so you will need extra-long twin sheets.  Consider bringing mattress pads and featherbeds. Blankets tend to be longer but for comforters an extra-long twin is helpful to avoid cold toes
  • Anything to decorate your room and make you feel at home. No holes can be drilled into walls.
  • Iron and small ironing board, starch
  • Backpack
  • Everyday clothes
  • Bath towels, robe
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant, soap)
  • Shower shoes, flip flops, or Crocs
  • Shower caddy for toiletries
  • First aid kit, including Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, ace bandage, etc.
  • Umbrella
  • Raincoat
  • Rain shoes/boots
  • Pictures of family, friends and/or pets
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • Workout and/or sports clothes
  • “Dress” clothes (A blazer, ties, business apparel)
  • “Grubby” clothes (who knows if you’ll go clean up along the highway, paint someone’s house or need to play football in the mud)
  • Textbooks – Affordable college textbooks are available online. You can also rent college textbooks instead of buying.
  • Write down all electronic serial numbers and mark them with an identifiable symbol, number, etc.
  • Medication prescriptions-Make sure they are updated and you have possible refills. Check into transferring your prescription to a local pharmacy
  • Insurance card

Please Leave At Home…

  • Pets other than fish in a 10-gallon tank or smaller
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Tobacco products (including vape systems), alcohol, drugs
  • Microwaves, toasters, or anything with heating coils
  • Candles

What do the rooms look like and how do they measure?


Use the link above to check out room dimensions and pictures!