Building Community in the First Year: DeSmet Hall at a Glance

DeSmet Hall

DeSmet Hall was named for Father Pierre DeSmet, S.J., a Jesuit missionary known for developing strong ties with many American Indian tribes in the mid-19th century. This four-story residence hall is close to the Fitness center, Field House, Pomponio Family Science Center and the Dayton Memorial Library. Residences enjoy two Living Learning Communities: C.O.R.E. and Magis. 

DeSmet is arranged in corridor-style living, with each floor sharing a central lounge where students can watch movies, enjoy student-staff projects or study with friends from DeSmet or other halls. Additionally, this hall includes a 24-hour computer lab and cost-free laundry. Rooms are double-occupancy and include extra-long twin beds, desks, dressers, closet space, cable and internet access, local phone service and a micro-fridge. 

This building is alcohol-free and staffed by front desk staff throughout the day as well as Resident Assistants and Peer Ministers.

  • A four-story building populated by first-year students that is a substance free
  • Co-ed by wing with common restrooms and showers located on each wing
  • Each room accommodates two students with individual built-in open closet, desks, chairs, mounted shelves, chests of drawers and twin-XL beds which are adaptable as bunk beds
  • Room dimensions: 12'x16'
  • Microfridge provided in each room
  • Computer lab located on 1st floor with a printer for student use
  • 24-hour study/computer room located on first floor
  • Heating and AC unit in each room
  • Free laundry facilities located on the first floor, equipped with LaundryView web application (viewing of washer/dryer availability from your room)
  • A furnished lounge with cable TV

The Magis Experience

Magis (pronounced mah-jis) is a program offered to first-year female students who are seeking more out of their first year experience than the traditional route. Magis focuses on leadership, service, and community building. These students participate in a weekly, year-long academic course for credit and participate in community service. The Magis experience provides a close-knit community for students to discuss and examine their own experiences as well as the Jesuit values.

The DeSmet Hall staff includes eight Resident Assistants, two Peer Ministers, several Desk Assistants, and a Senior Staff member. Additionally, there is one Residence Life Coordinator, a full-time professional staff member who lives and works in DeSmet.  The residence hall staff works together to promote educational, social, and cultural development of Regis students. All staff members are trained in referring residents to the appropriate resources on campus, proving to be a great resource for first-year residents.  The staff also acts as role models to promote campus involvement, resident hall community, and faith development.

Olivia James
Residence Life Coordinator (RLC)

Rooms in DeSmet Hall are 12’ x 16’.  While furniture is originally set with desks, beds, and chests of drawers on resident’s respective sides of the room, many roommates choose to customize how their room looks by shifting the height of their beds and rearranging the furniture. 

 To view an interactive map of a DeSmet Hall student room, click on one of the links below.