Whitmyre Hall

  • Whitmyre Hall Exterior

    It’s Easy to Feel at Home Living in Whitmyre Hall

    One of the things that brings us together at the Cook Honors College is Whitmyre Hall, our residence hall—something not all colleges provide for honors students. Visit Whitmyre and check out how we’ve blended the building’s old-fashioned character with newly renovated spaces and resources.

    Renovations, New Furniture, a Science Room, and More

    A major renovation completed in 2018 provided a science resource room, new bathrooms, fresh paint throughout the building, facility upgrades, additional artwork, and new furniture in the student rooms and many of the shared spaces. Some walls were removed to make the building’s design work better for our students.

    Comfortable Spaces, Handy Staff Offices

    On the first floor, you’ll find numerous group study rooms, private study areas, and comfortable hallway alcoves with cozy couches and chairs. You can also enjoy several lounge areas with large-screen televisions for groups of students to watch movies or play video games, handy staff offices, and our Great Hall—with a Steinway baby grand piano and a large kitchen for student use.

    Art that Brings in the World 

    A multitude of paintings cover the walls and give spaces, such as classrooms, artistic themes. You’ll find European medieval art, and art from India, Latin America, Asia, Africa, America, and the Middle East. Recently, students and professors were encouraged to recommend art and vote on their favorite paintings to include in our freshly renovated wing of the building.

    Great Hall and Kitchen—Space to Do More

    Our Great Hall is a spacious, artistic room that makes you feel at home, while also inspiring you to think bigger. You might see students dressed very casually studying, talking, or checking their phones next to other students dressed up and ready to leave for a Broadway show on campus—we get some great shows and performers here. Nearby in the kitchen, a group of friends might be baking cookies or brownies.

    With bookshelves lining the walls, a stage at one end, and a grand piano surrounded by couches, it is a library, a place for group events like talent shows, and so much more. 

    Facilities Covering Four Floors and Outdoor Space

    In Whitmyre, the first floor has the great hall, kitchen, Honors College staff offices, classrooms, and lounge areas. The second and third floors have student rooms and small study lounges. The ground floor has a laundry room, a music practice room, and a small game room featuring a pool table. Together, you have four floors that are yours to use and explore.

    Just outside the Great Hall, you’ll find the Great Hall patio. Surrounded by pines strewn with hammocks, it’s a popular outdoor space.

    Honors College Students Have 24-Hour Access to Whitmyre

    As a Whitmyre resident, you will have access to all student spaces in the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is your building, your home at IUP, even if you choose to live in campus housing or off-campus in later years. For safety, the building is locked 24 hours a day and is accessed with a resident student I-Card.

    First-year Residency Requirement Builds Lasting Bonds

    All first-year students (freshman and transfer students) are required to live in Whitmyre Hall and are encouraged to remain in the honors residence hall throughout their undergraduate career as space permits.