GSP (Gertrude Sellards Pearson)

Address500 West 11th Street, Lawrence Kansas 66045
Phone(country code +1)785-864-4884

Gertrude Sellards Pearson residence hall re-opened in 2012 after a complete building renovation. The interior features an art gallery installation of the physiographic regions of Kansas. The hall also features double rooms, single rooms and four-person suites. There are three levels of privacy for bath: private en suite, single bath and two community baths on each wing. This hall is host to North College Cafe, with seating area open 24/7 for studying. GSP remains a co-ed residence hall, as it has since 2012.


Contributing to Academics

  •  Wireless Internet access
  • Classroom in hall features Smart Board technology; hosts math and writing center tutoring and PRE class
  • Print your class assignments at the "print anywhere" stations in your hall
  • Study space on each floor 

Your Room

  • Lofted bed
  • Extra-long twin mattress
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Dresser
  • Closet area
  • Trash can
  • Venetian blinds

Your Hall

  • Five minute walk from KU Memorial Union
  • Double rooms, single rooms, and four-person rooms (view hall layout)
  • 380 coed residents
  • Three levels of privacy for bath: two private ensuites; each wing also contains single bath and two community baths
  • Living rooms on each floor
  • Residential dining on lower level, open for studying 24/7
  • Free laundry
  • Opened in 1955, renovated 2012

 Have Fun Here

  • Large living room with a TV and pool table on the main floor
  • Areas to hang out on each floor
  • Student-generated art and design project in dining area

GSP hearth room during move-in
Springtime at GSP
Move out day
Parents help their student move out
Home sweet KU home
Students study together in their GSP study area
Residents enjoy having friends next door
GSP residents enjoy playing piano in the hearth room
Have a great summer and see you next fall
Roommates and musicians

  GSP classroom is study area during finals

  GSP front desk

  North College Cafe is located in the basement of GSP

Studying in the main lobby at GSP

Each floor lobby features a different Kansas physiographic region
Two-person room in GSP

GSP features its own classroom with smart technology

Students entering GSP after getting off the KU On Wheels bus

Homework in the GSP classroom

GSP features a gallery of European oils. Gertrude Sellards Pearson is shown above the fireplace.

Two-person room

North College Cafe food court

North College Cafe
GSP exterior
Complex Director, GSP and Corbin
Assistant Complex Director, GSP

GSP's art gallery features a stylized mural of the 11 physiographic regions in Kansas in its main lobby (see below), and each lobby focuses on one area of the state.

Click on an area of the photo to learn more.


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The panels were manufactured off site at Farm Fresh Graphics, located in Baldwin, Kansas.

One example of the installed panel.

Interior decorations were carefully chosen to extend the theme. In the main lobby, the carpet is reminiscent of tallgrass prairie, pillars are limestone covered, and colors mimic the Kansas prairie in the fall.

Transformative Learning in KU Student Housing’s Residence Hall

Residence hall gallery displays, which are featured throughout Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall, facilitate learning by serving as an educational resource to engage students outside the classroom.

The mural in the main lobby features the diverse physiographic regions of Kansas. In addition, each floor lobby highlights a theme from the mural. Situational learning experiences make use of intentional social interactions, and supplement and generate learning. These "beyond the classroom" settings stimulate learning in different life spaces.

Kansas geologic and natural history is fascinating in its scope and diversity, and students will learn while passing by, socializing, studying, dining, attending meetings, participating in programs, and simply living in our facilities.

Kansas’ rich landscapes are shaped by ancient oceans and reshaped by human pursuits such as farming and mining. Geologists divide Kansas into 11 regions based on common features. These regions, or physiographic provinces, tell a unique story. Each floor lounge in GSP Residence Hall highlights one region. Thanks to KU’s Kansas Geological Survey and Kansas Biological Survey for contribution to exploring and explaining these regions to our residents.

The mural in the main lobby was created by KU students Emily Austin and Halie Hershorn, who graduated in 2013. GSP also features photographs of iconic Kansas images, including Kansas landscapes in the fall, spring, summer and winter. The images are from photographer James Nedresky’s series “Springtime in the Kansas Flint Hills.” Other Kansas images in this gallery include sunflowers and a one-room school with photography by George Jerkovich. 

How to explore your housing choices

More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities