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fa-la-la-lenafa-la-la-lena Registered User Posts: 2,844 Senior Member
edited November 2007 in Michigan State University
Hello, I'm a prospective MSU student and I was just wondering about the dorms; specifically, Bryan, Case, Holmes, Gilchrist, Mason, and Snyder-Phillips. Any info on these would be great! I.e. proximity to classes/malls/water/fun, "party" dorms, whether there is a lot/little of freshmen, study/quiet dorm, athletes dorm, no drinking dorms etc. Thanks.

Also, I'd prefer to go to a dorm that isn't so quiet/studious all the time, but isn't absolutely crazy all the time and never quiet (I'd like to find a dorm that has fun, but not too much "fun," isn't too huge, has plenty of freshmen and is easy to make friends). Is there any dorm that fits this description?
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  • Quincy4Quincy4 Registered User Posts: 620 Member
    Holmes is home to the prestigious Lyman Briggs (residential) College, so there will be a lot of pre-meds and other Nat Sci geeks running around. It's on East campus, a long way from the core (the old North Campus) and the main library, but the way Michigan State is arranged, each grouping of dorms, like East Complex/Campus (where Holmes is) is a self contained community with library, intramural facilities, athletic fields, dorm restaurant/lounges, etc... Holmes is a post-1960 hall, and huge (I think it's, overall, the largest with about 1,250 residents divided into 2 6-story towers). This means the rooms are generally tiny; many build lofts to maximize space (but these must be approved by MSU). You have semi-private, suite bathrooms you share with your neighbors.

    Snyder-Phillips may be the hottest thing going right now. It's an old Ivy-Gothic type hall (actually 2 halls connected) that has recently been renovated for the new, self contained Residential College in Arts and Humanities (RCAH). Under one roof are dorm rooms, new classrooms, music practice facilities, art gallery lecture hall and a 1st rate cafeteria, commons which looks like an upscale restaurant. Sny-Phi is on North Campus just south of Grand River Avenue, which is the main hub for trendy shopping, eats, books, bars, etc... Mason (paired with Abbot) is right next door and very similar to Snyder-Phillips sans the extensive classroom facilities. Both these complexes have community bathrooms and large rooms.

    Gilchrist is a gorgeous old-Ivy Gothic that is 1/6th the West Circle complex right in the core of North Campus across the street from the Union, steps away from the main Library and, again, Grand River. Gilchrist has all the wood paneling, fireplace lounges old furniture and that kinda stuff. It has community bathrooms but the rooms are among the largest on campus (generally a trait of the older halls built pre-1960... Many liken this part of campus to a small, traditional LAC Ivy-type campus... it sure looks the part.

    Last I heard, Gilchrist, and its attached neighbor Yakeley, are the lone single-sex (female) halls on campus. These halls, b/c they're smaller, seem more relaxed, quieter and family-like.

    Hope this helps.
  • daisy28daisy28 Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    Thanks for the insight! So for Honors housing, which do you recommend?
  • Quincy4Quincy4 Registered User Posts: 620 Member
    Probably the smaller, older dorms (where honors, quiet halls are available). Those halls are quieter and more studious than the huge ones.
  • wolf_01wolf_01 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    Personally, I would recommend Mason-Abbot, Snyder-Phillips, or Yakeley-Gilchrist. All are in absolutely gorgeous areas and have great proximity to most classes.
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