Pauley Hall, named for Clarence O. Pauley, Class of 1901 and member of the Board of Trustees from 1944 to 1964, and his wife, Maude Strobel Pauley, Class of 1903, was until September 1971 a men's residence. Then an exchange was effected between Tarr Hall and Pauley in order to bring women to the western end of the campus and men to the center of the Hilltop. In the fall of 1976, Pauley became the Women's Academic Residence. From 1984 to 1989, it was home to the coeducational Pauley Academic Program, and from then to 1996 a coeducational residence hall before becoming an all female hall again.
Rorem Hall, named in honor of Gaylord C. Rorem, Class of 1911, and his wife, Alma Bergfeld Rorem, Class of 1910, was originally a men's dormitory. From 1977 to 1984, it was the Men's Academic Residence. In 1984, Rorem became a coeducational residence hall and in 1996 returned to its original status as a men's hall.
Hands down the most fun and active place set aside for first year students, Pauley Hall and Rorem Hall are actually two separate co-ed halls which are connected by a common set of stairs, hence our usual reference to Pauley-Rorem Hall. Approximately 150 first year students live here and take advantage of the sand volleyball pit behind the building, the close proximity to the Life Sports Center and the numerous opportunities for involvement including the Mt. Vernon Community Halloween Party and Summer Slam. Pauley-Rorem has been designated the first year leadership hall and is home to ESP — the Entering Students Program — a series of social and learning activities to help you adjust to life on The Hilltop.
Pauley-Rorem Hall is part of a massive renovation of several of our residence halls. Learn more about the residence hall renovations.