KU’s first residence hall, Corbin sits on a historic ridge near the site where the University’s first building, North College, was built in 1866. It is home to more than 300 women.
Corbin Hall was constructed in two phases, with the original building completed in 1923 and a north addition completed in 1951. Corbin Hall reopened in August 2018 after a $13.5 million restoration that includes a brand new main entry and renovation of all student rooms.
- Namesake of first women’s residence hall in Kansas.
- 1918-1921: Acting Dean of Women at KU.
- Speaker alongside Susan B. Anthony in 1912 Women’s Suffrage Campaign
- Led legislative battles to build co-op housing, scholarship halls, and residence halls for KU and other state universities.
Alberta Corbin came to KU as one of its first female students, entering in 1889 and graduating with her AB degree in the Class of 1893. She earned a PhD from Yale University in 1921 and studied at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Berlin. She began as a teacher in KU's Department of German in 1910, and become a full professor in 1920. Ms. Corbin served from 1918-1921 as the Acting Dean of Women.
Ms. Corbin was active in many roles fighting for women’s rights. She spoke alongside Susan B. Anthony and feminist minister Anna Shaw in the 1912 women’s suffrage campaign. In 1912, she organized a lecture series in Lawrence for prominent women activists, including the legendary Jane Addams of Hull House.
During her tenure, she worked to establish cooperative housing options for women, which led to the beginnings of Watkins, the first scholarship hall. Corbin led the fight for the appropriation to build residence halls in two strenuous sessions in front of the Kansas legislature. This work paid off at KU and at five other state schools.
Alberta Corbin died at 70 in March 1941. In a eulogy given by Olin Templin, namesake of Templin Residence Hall, ironically, it seems that her message of women’s liberation was still not fully engrained. Templin commented on how the fates had intervened from her achieving her ‘highest desire’ of living at home and rearing children, the life of a ‘normal’ woman.
(Information courtesy of Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity)
Corbin Hall GalleryView as gallery page
Corbin Residence Hall Floor PlansView as gallery page
South Corbin rooms renumbered after renovation
As part of Corbin Hall's renovation, the rooms in south Corbin were renumbered. Some room capacities were also changed. Below is a chart detailing the room number changes. The middle column's updated room numbers is what you'll see during room selection.
|Room Numbers Pre-renovation||Room Numbers as of August 2018||Capacity August 2018|