Places to live

  • Fooseball in the lobby
  • Residence hall room
  • Chilling in the lobby

At Bluffton, we believe that “it’s all about relationships.” Life-long friendships are formed in classrooms, in The Commons, on the court, field or pitch, and in the residence halls.

Traditional undergraduate students at Bluffton are required to live in one of the university's residence halls unless they live at home with their parents or spouse and live within a reasonable commuting distance. The university is committed to the belief that living with others in a residence hall is an important part of the total educational and social experience of college life. Exceptions must be approved by the director of residence life.      

There are six halls and one set of apartments maintained through the residence life program. In these facilities, your fellow students serve as support staff, as hall directors, resident advisors and ministry assistants.




Bren-Dell Hall

Bren-Dell Hall sits on the bank of the Riley Creek and houses 95 students. It is a divided hall with men and women living on separate floors. Each of its three floors has a kitchen. A large study lounge is available on the second floor. A spacious main lobby inside the building's main entrance was renovated in 2015. Bren-Dell was built in 1962.

Resident life staff

Hall director: 
Janelle Schmucker
1st floor apartment
RA: Jared Nicol 1st floor, Room 104
RA: Hannah Wagner 2nd floor, Room 206
RA: Isaac Paine  3rd floor, Room 307


Ministry assistants

Natilee Grover 2nd floor, Room 214
Timothy Bender 3rd floor, Room 304

Wall dimensions - 11' 2"x 14' 6"   
Windows - 7' 3"x4'     
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"   
Mattress - 36"x80"



Hirschy Annex, houses 107 students.  It is a divided hall with men and women living on separate floors. Rooms on the second and third floor open into a corridor that encircles a floor lobby and computer lab. A main lobby and kitchen are adjacent to the first floor. Hirschy Annex was built in 1966. 

Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Tovah Wilson
1st floor in Hirschy Hall off the lobby
RA: Michael Fimiani 1st floor, Room 118
RA: Brianna Baker  2nd floor south, Room 238
RA: Sarah Lemmon 2nd floor north, Room 228
RA: Nicholas Hoffman  3rd floor north, Room 328
RA: Caleb Nesbit  3rd floor south, Room 337


Ministry assistant

Alexis Cash 2nd floor south,  Room 240

Wall dimensions - 13' 2"x 14' 2" 
Windows - 7' 6"x4'   
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"   
Mattress - 36"x80"



Hirschy Hall, a residence hall for 97 men and women, has three floors, with a kitchen on each floor. The ground floor has a spacious main lobby with large windows. Hirschy Hall was built in 1963.

A legendary feature of Hirschy Hall is the bronze cast of Noah Hirschy, Bluffton University's first president. It is said that if you rub the nose before taking an exam, you will have good luck!

Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Tovah Wilson
1st floor in Hirschy Hall off the lobby
RA: Madison Huffman 1st Floor, Room 102
RA: Nicolas Doehrman 2nd Floor, Room 215

Wall dimensions - 14'7" x 14'1" 
Windows - 9'3" x 4"  
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"   
Mattress - 36"x80"


Neufeld Hall

Neufeld Hall opened in 2003. It is a divided hall housing 108 men and women split up by wing, with men in the east wing and women in the west wing, on all floors. Living in Neufeld is offered to seniors and juniors first.

Features includes spacious lobbies and kitchens on each floor, suite style hallways, a game room, conference room and computer lab. Each room is equipped with multi-configuration furniture, high ceilings and large windows. 

The innovative furniture is designed to provide greater flexibility in how students arrange their rooms. Every student will receive a bed, chest of drawers, a desk and desk organizer, a bookcase and a chair. Each piece interlocks with other pieces to allow for 50 different configurations. No tools, hardware or college personnel are needed when stacking and rearranging. Heavy steel pins assure safety and stability without the sway of traditional lofted furniture.

Each room is wired for voice mail, Internet and cable TV. The hall is air-conditioned and fully handicap accessible. 

Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Jeff Arnett
1st floor apartment
RA: Takayla Gadberry 2nd floor, Room 223
RA: Leslie Beasley 3rd floor, Room 322
RA: Michael Pickel 4th floor, Room 412


Ministry assistants

Joshua Ehlers 2nd floor, Room 214
Courtney Davis 3rd floor, Room 320
Von Thomas 4th floor, Room 412

Wall dimensions - 14x12 
Windows - size varies by room  
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"
Floor style - carpet



Ramseyer Hall is a divided hall, housing 109 students with men and women on separate floors. Features include air conditioning, elevator, a large, bright main lobby and floor lobbies with kitchenettes on the second and third floors. A fully-equipped kitchen and conference room are located on the first floor, with an exercise room in the basement. Individual rooms have high ceilings and open onto a spacious corridor. Ramseyer opened in 1994.

Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Jena O'Brien
1st floor  
RA: Travis Kiser 1st floor, Room 106
RA: Anthony Mungia  2nd floor south, Room 203
RA: Leonard Winiarski  2rd floor north, Room 209
RA: Courtney Jasinski 3rd floor north, Room 309
RA: Ginesha Robinson  3rd floor south, Room 320

Ministry assistants

Zac Nobis 1st floor, Room 114
Justin Kauffman 2nd floor, Room 216
Makenzie Speakman 3rd floor, Room 304

Wall dimensions - 15' 2.5"x 12'
Windows - 5'x5'5"
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"
Floor style - carpet



Ropp is the largest residence hall at Bluffton University and houses 231 students.

A large central lounge known as “The Pit” is located near the main entrance to the building and is a popular gathering place for students. Six of the nine floors in Ropp Hall have study lounges and kitchenette facilities on the floor, while a larger, fully equipped kitchen is located off first Ropp Annex. Two hall computer labs are also located in the building. The ground floor of Ropp Hall has an exercise room and is home to the Bluffton Centre for Academic Excellence for students in the honors program as well as the Health Center.

Built in 1914, Ropp was the first residence hall for women at Bluffton University. A second wing, Ropp Annex, was added in 1958, while a third wing, Ropp Addition, was completed in 1967.

Ropp houses both men and women, on separate floors.


Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Jacob Morton-Black
1st floor  
RA: Sienna Sullivan  1st floor Ropp Annex, Room 182
RA: Kirk Kauder 2nd floor Ropp Annex, Room 273
RA: Dalton Eversole 2nd floor Ropp Addition, Room 205
RA: Jennifer Dorsey 3rd floor Ropp Addition, Room 305
RA: Kori Frey 3rd floor Old Ropp, Room 303

Ministry assistants

Michael Short 2nd floor Ropp Annex, Room 278 
 Justin Dorsey 2nd floor Ropp Addition, Room 204 
Lily Yoder 3rd floor Ropp Addition, Room 304 
Amber Brown 3rd floor Ropp Addition, Room 310 
Hannah Conklin 3rd/4th floor Old Ropp, Room 312 

Wall dimensions - 14' 5"x 13'
Windows - 7' 1"x4' 4"
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"

Wall dimensions - 15' 4"x 11' 3"
Windows - 7' 6"x4'
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"

Wall and window dimensions - vary by room. Please contact the director of residence life.

Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"
Floor style - carpet - 2nd floor only 

Every hall has the following:

  • main lobby with basic cable television
  • kitchenette with refrigerator and stove or microwave
  • laundry facilities (cost is included in room and board fees)
  • soda vending machine
  • storage space for small items only (suitcases, boxes, trunks)
  • Ramseyer, Ropp and Hirschy Halls have ironing boards in designated areas

Rooms include the following for each resident:

  • Cable tv jack
  • Network data connection
  • Desk & chair
  • QAM converter
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Dresser
  • Curtains or blinds

Beds may be bunked and lofts are permitted in all halls except Neufeld. If you choose to have a loft it should incorporate the bed frame. You may bring additional furnishings, however, no university furniture may be removed from the room, including the metal bedframes.

The beds are extra long and the mattresses measure 36" x 80". If you have trouble finding extra long sheets and bedding to fit the beds in our residence halls, the office of residence life has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide an easy, affordable option. Each room also has an overhead light, mirror, smoke detector and some rooms have a small bulletin board.