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Urbana U – like you’ve never seen it before!
Sit back, relax, and take a tour around campus
An online guided tour of the Urbana campus is just a click away. Explore everything we have to offer – libraries, classrooms, dorm rooms, dining halls and more – anytime, anywhere.
Explore the halls
Nicknamed “Barclay-Bailey,” these halls are known for registering for and/or changing classes online, getting your transcripts or hitting the books. Designed by the Ohio Statehouse architect Russell West, Bailey Hall is the oldest, most historic, building on campus. After the Rev. James Stewart founded the school, he solicited Col. John H. James for support. He donated 10 acres of land, where Bailey Hall was built in 1853. It was named after James’ father-in-law, Francis Bailey, a revolutionary soldier under George Washington and the first American to practice the Swedenborgian faith. A printer by trade, Bailey published the Freeman’s Journal, the Declaration of Independence, treaties with Great Britain, Johnny Appleseed’s True Christian Faith papers, and several other important documents. He was also hired by Washington to to invent a method to guard against money counterfeiting. Suffice it to say, Bailey Hall was named after a local hero. Barclay and Bailey Halls are connected by an atrium and a second-story walkway. The brick corridors feature open arches that connect the buildings – the arches were so well-loved, that they were used in future campus buildings, too. In 1920, a fire damaged Barclay Hall, but it was quickly rebuilt as the result of a $250,000 fundraising campaign. In 1980, Barclay and Bailey were added to the National Register of Historic Places, Bailey Hall is listed as part of the "Historic Buildings of Urbana College."
Take a peek
Named after the Rev. Francis H. Blackmer who served as University president from 1932-1937, Blackmer Hall houses Student Affairs, Counseling Services and Health Services, among other things. Student Affairs provides programs, services and environments that enhance the personal, social and intellectual lives of everyone in the University community. Like the faculty members who teach your classes, the professionals in Student Affairs have special training and education to help make your college experience the very best. They’ll assist you in making important decisions about your education and your future. Counseling services are available to all students at any point in their education process. College life inevitably brings growth, change and examination of personal thoughts, feelings and decisions. Additionally, students may experience anxiety over academic performance, and counselors are available to provide assistance with any of these issues. Health Services provides first-aid, assistance with minor illnesses, and appropriate referral to local healthcare facilities as needed for everyone on campus.
Come on in
Discovering the arts is why students, faculty, staff and Urbana residents love to visit Browne Hall. The Miller Center for Visual Arts resides here, with annual fall and spring art exhibits. The student government also hosts haunted houses here every Halloween. Browne Hall was built in 1880 by Thomas Moses, a professor of Natural Science at Urbana University. In 1918, the three-story building adorned with dormers, scrollwork, and brackets became property of the University. Like the other historic buildings on campus, Browne Hall is associated with the Swedenborgian Church and Johnny Appleseed, its best known member. In 2006, Nancy Miller and her family had a vision to create a “center to display contemporary works of art for people to see what’s going on in the current art world, to stretch minds, and to expand their interest in the visual arts” on campus. With deep roots in Champaign County and a connection to the University, Nancy Miller worked to develop this venue even though she was in failing health. Although she did not live long enough to see her artwork on display in the newly renovated Browne Hall, her legacy lives on in the form of the Miller Center for Visual Arts, which first opened its doors to the public in the summer of 2010. The first major art exhibition displayed 26 pieces created over Nancy Miller’s lifetime. The artwork represented her talents in different mediums: oil and watercolor paintings, silk screen, computer generated and digital prints, cast paper and oPits. Also included in the art exhibit were pieces by Mark Chepp, John Kortlander, Harry Schneider, Cynthia Durfey Smith and R.W. Stokes.
Eat your heart out
“The Caf” is where dining with friends, food-themed nights and getting to know other University students happens all the time. The main dining facility is located in The Commons, which is connected to East, South and Hazard residence halls. Food service is provided by Sodexo, a company that strives to offer top-notch meals with the ideal balance of nutrition and fun. In The Caf, we do some exciting things such as theme nights. A favorite? Wing night! Students enjoy 15-19 meals per week at Dining Commons. And if you have a dietary restriction, no worries! Just meet with our chef and he’ll customize options to accommodate your needs.
See for yourself
Simply called “Hazard,” students are free to hang out in the lobby (it’s open 24/7!) or visit the Student Success Center at their leisure. Mostly a freshman dorm, first-year students enjoy movie nights, tie-dye nights, door decorating contests and more in their new home away from home. Named after Dr. Francis E. Hazard, who served as Urbana University’s president from 1992-2001, Francis E. Hazard Hall houses the Student Success Center (SSC), as well as student dorm rooms. Within the SSC, faculty, staff and administration partner to address learning needs, academic performance and student retention. Students are taught skills and strategies to become independent, successful and active learners. And any enrolled undergraduate is eligible for tutoring – free of charge! Tutors can answer general questions and help with homework and research problems. Textbooks are also available inside the center for students to use at their leisure.
The suite life
Formally? Hickory Hall. Informally, “The Suites.” Upperclassman enjoy suite-style living within these walls. With three bedrooms, two baths and a communal living space, it’s a great place to live. Freshly updated in 2014, Hickory Hall is air-conditioned, has Wi-Fi and onsite laundry facilities. It’s also close to parking, making it incredibly convenient for upperclassmen.
Lights. Camera. Action!
The Snack Bar, The Mailroom, The Hub, Black Box Theater. All names for this great spot where fantastic productions and invigorating classes take place. Community members are also encouraged to come in and audition for campus plays here. Back in the ’70s, the Black Box Theater served beer and food – it was THE place to be! Now, students and members of the community rehearse and perform to delight the city of Urbana.
At a glance
Also known as The Moore Building, MMS and Moore Math & Science, students prepare for careers in business, criminal justice and healthcare in this building. And every hour, chimes serenade the campus from the top of the bell tower. At 18,000 square feet, the Lewis & Jean Moore Center for Math & Science is home to completely refurbished biology, chemistry and physics labs; two computer labs; the College of Professional & Applied Studies and the College of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Mathematics & Science; classrooms and faculty offices. The recently renovated Honda Lecture Hall within the building seats 88, and serves as a classroom and spot for community events. ACT testing is also held in the classrooms on some weekends, and athletic teams and others use the Honda Lecture Hall to host team film viewings, meetings and more.
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Live it up
You can live AND cook in McConnell Hall! There’s a kitchen available for all Urbana University students to use. McConnell Hall is co-ed dormitory, with men and women alternating by floor. It’s equipped with private bathrooms, unattached to rooms and shared by 5-6 students.
Get a glimpse
Sit down and chat with your advisor or ASE faculty members in North Hall.
Students can pick up their campus job paychecks and financial aid disbursement in Oak Hall, which is listed on the National Historic Registry as part of the "Historic Buildings of Urbana College." The Rev. Milo Williams was the first to recognize the need for a residence hall, and in 1852, he convinced Col. James to have W. Russell West design another building. The simple structure was built in the summer of 1853. The plan was to include a study, kitchen, dining hall and a barracks-like dorm for 16 male students – the hope was to create a sense of community. The trustees accepted that theme, and wanted the students to live as a family under the supervision of a matron providing "the comforts and influences of domestic life." Completed in 1856, Oak Hall is a Greek Revival building. One of its most notable occupants was Thomas Coleman DuPont, a student at Urbana University from 1876-1879. He later became a U.S. senator from Delaware and a major donor to Urbana University. He was awarded an honorary degree in 1922, and his name is etched on the window sill – go check it out!
Home sweet home
Named after David Ross, a 1967 graduate of Urbana University, Ross Hall is best known for housing upperclassman. Students love the three bedrooms, two baths and a communal living space layout. Ross Hall and all residence halls are air-conditioned, Wi-Fi-equipped and feature onsite laundry facilities. They’re also close to parking areas and were renovated in 2014.
The heart of it all
From huddling with an organization, to picking up books, to hanging out with friends, the Student Center is always a good time. Live music, picnics, speakers, comedic acts and other activities bring students, faculty and staff together at the center, building a stronger University community. The Student Center is home base for the Residence Life Office and the University’s 30+ student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Conference rooms are also available for meetings and special events. The Sara Landess Room is a large multi-purpose room, accommodating special events for the campus community and the public. The Career Services Office provides students with the opportunity to discover, experience and reach their professional goals. Students can get help with résumés, career planning and much, much more. The bookstore is located in the lower level of the Student Center, and supplies everything from textbooks to school supplies to gift items to spirit wear. The White Family Grill in the Student Center is available for short-order snacks and meals, and is great hangout place for students. Finally, the community often rents rooms for meetings, conferences and receptions. Local elementary and high schools also use this building for music concerts and science fairs.
Perfect for studying, researching and learning, the Swedenborg Memorial Library is where it’s at. Plus, fresh bread is available in the lobby every day at 2 p.m. (hello, afternoon carb-fix!) The Swedenborg Memorial Library’s shelves are filled with print books and periodicals, along with desktop computers, a laptop bar and Wi-Fi. The majority of our library resources are also online, with students and faculty having access to more than 150,000 electronic journals and books. Urbana University is a member of the OhioLINK statewide academic library network, which allows our students to borrow materials from other Ohio colleges and universities. Library staff members provide instruction and assistance in the use of electronic, print and other resources. At the library, students can access: - Wi-Fi - Current subscriptions to magazines, newspapers and 50,000 electronic journals - Computers, a copier/printers, a scanner and a fax machine - Small study rooms, as well as plenty of comfortable seating Within the community, the Swedenborg Lecture Series supports research and critical reflection on the topic of American Swedenborgianism. This annual program provides an award to a recognized scholar who delivers a lecture on the topic and conducts research in the University's Swedenborgian special collection.
Make the move
Sycamore Hall is co-ed by hallway with traditional bathroom facilities with semi-private shower stalls on each floor.
“Grimes Center” is where teams practice and activities go down. It’s the hub of Urbana’s campus; home to the basketball, swimming and volleyball teams; and a hands-on lab for Sports Science Management and Exercise Science majors. The Warren G. Grimes Center is a multipurpose facility that serves as the center of activity on campus. It features a 1,500-seat gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, handball and racquetball courts, weight room, athletic offices and classrooms. The stage in the gymnasium has been the site of commencement programs, convocations and cultural events. In addition to University events and activities, a number of community-sponsored events are held throughout the year in the Grimes Center.
Need a hand?
Need a maintenance repair? Make your request at Williams Hall. Be sure to check out the wooded area behind it, where herds of deer live. Being a Tree Campus USA, we proudly fly the flag and provide students with the opportunity to research botany projects in this area. Originally a private residence, this building was renamed after the University’s first president, Milo Williams. Now, the building houses members of the Facilities Department, who are available to help out with requests and issues.
Famous as “The Rock,” students love to get creative, hang out, and worship around it. The Rock gets frequent coats of new paint for different campus events ranging from graduation, student activities, visit days, homecoming and more. The Sprit Rock idea was generated by a group of students from the Student Government Association in 2001. The Rock, as it’s commonly referred to, was purchased from a quarry and has been in the current location since its inception. It’s been the site for student memorials and a place for students to voice opinions on difficult societal issues – most recently the situations in Ferguson, Mo. The Rock has even been the location for a marriage proposal!
Cheer on the Blue Knights
Attend sporting events, go to homecoming, tailgate – you can do it all here! Additionally, summer youth soccer and football camps and games take place on the Urbana University Stadium turf every year. The Urbana University Stadium opened in August of 2006. It’s the third outdoor facility on campus, joining Urbana’s varsity baseball and softball fields. You can check out the Blue Knights football team, catch a men’s or women’s soccer game, or sit back and watch women of lacrosse in action.
Out to the ballgame
Head to the Blue Knight Softball Field to check out a softball game. You’ll catch the Blue Knights hit it out of the park at the Blue Knight Softball Field, where the press box was built in 2012.
Take in a ballgame at the Blue Knight Baseball Field. The Blue Knight Baseball Field is where all the magic happens. In 2012, the press box was added to the field.
Practice makes perfect
The Practice Fields are where students train for the big performance. It’s also THE spot for summer band camps. From band members to football players, Blackmer Practice Field is where Blue Knights can train and prepare.
Shoot some hoops
The Basketball Court is where, you guessed it, students play bball! Dribble. Pass. Jump. Shoot. Score! Serious action goes down at the Basketball Court.
Go for a spin
Simon Kenton Bike Trail, a.k.a. “SKT” is filled with fields of corn, soybeans and wildflowers making for a scenic ride. The Simon Kenton Trail (SKT) runs 18 miles from the YMCA at the east end of Urbana, meandering west and then north, and eventually south to downtown Springfield, Ohio. Mostly flat, it's mainly a rail trail with lots of shady areas and wide open fields. Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is conveniently located nearby on Woodburn Road. Spurs throughout the trail branch off to the Melvin Miller Park in Urbana, Urbana University, the Springfield Soccer Fields, the Splash Zone Water Park and the Buck Creek Trail. SKT crosses over the old 1916 Buck Creek Bridge and is connected with some newly constructed trails into Center Street in downtown Springfield. Through the downtown streets, it also connects to the Little Miami Scenic Trail, just south of Springfield.