Harcourt Hall
2100 Greyson Road

Constructed in 1992 and extensively upgraded since its completion, Harcourt Hall is undoubtedly the most modern residential facility on campus, though rumor has it that the administration plans to construct a new state-of-the-art dormitory sometime within the next decade. Harcourt was the first building on campus specifically designed to serve as a coed dorm, and since its upgrade, it has served as the prototype for a whole new concept of student housing. Each floor contains numerous intimate communities containing an array of dorm rooms and individual bathrooms, kitchens, common areas and entertainment facilities, all intended to encourage active participation in the community, the formation of close friendships, and the transformation of the university experience from a faceless blur of classes and parties to the foundation of relationships that will last a lifetime. The architecture of these smaller communities supports the standard doubles and triples as well as larger suite-style living areas able to accomodate four to six students, and even a couple ten-person penthouses on the top floor. Moreover, its highly modular design allows the school to convert a given living area from one layout to another in a matter of several hours, if necessary.

All told, Harcourt Hall is the single tallest building on campus, standing at fifteen stories, and it serves as home to over 2000 students, while its basement dining hall is able to seat a full one thousand students at a time. Nevertheless, despite its newness and obvious appeal, there is a bit of a stain on Harcourt's past -- campus legend has it that a construction worker was buried alive while the foundation was being laid, his body crushed and trapped within the concrete. Many students have reported hearing an odd tapping in the walls late at night, and a few claim to have seen a man in a hard hat walking the halls at all hours. If this ghost does exist, he seems harmless enough; there has not been even one report of a student attacked or deliberately spooked by the spirit. Ultimately, most students feel that this particular legend only adds to the charm of the building.