Scholarship Halls

What are scholarship halls?

Full of unique personality and traditions, "schol" halls are also the most affordable on-campus housing. Residents participate in two to three hours of weekly duties, such as cooking and cleaning for their community, in exchange for a reduced housing rate, which is the scholarship. Your housing rate includes a dining plan, too. Students living here do not have to qualify for an outside scholarship. "Schol hallers" build a family atmosphere and form bonds that last long after graduation. Be a part of this tradition rich community.

KU has 12 scholarship halls: two co-ed halls, six women's halls, and four men's halls. Rooms are selected by the students in a process determined by each hall. There are no single rooms in any scholarship hall.

Each scholarship hall houses a community of about 50 people. Students who want to be a part of a scholarship hall should sign a housing contract, then fill out the additional scholarship hall materials in the KU Housing portal. This competitive process selects residents based on academic achievement, written response, and financial aid considerations.

Crawford Community Center

Crawford Community Center exterior with beautiful fountain and garden on a sunny day


Potential residents who are touring the scholarship hall community typically meet at Crawford Community Center for the start of the tour. Crawford is shared by all the scholarship halls. It hosts all Scholarship Hall Council meetings and other community events.

Crawford Community Center

1346 Louisiana Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044


What you can expect from the scholarship hall experience —


  1. The most affordable on-campus housing.
  2. Food security and nutrition. 
  3. Training in life skills, such as cooking and cleaning.
  4. Leadership development opportunities — many different positions for all sorts of interests.
  5. Experience with democratic governance.
  6. A small community within the larger university.
  7. Mentorship from returning residents.
  8. Fun and friendships.
  9. Support for students to graduate on time.
  10. Options — all male, all female, mixed gender, different room arrangements, different kitchen arrangements.
  11. Diversity — live and learn with people from all walks of life.
  12. A home away from home in an engaging community.
  13. An academically committed and supportive community.
  14. A clean place to live.
  15. The best location for getting to classes and campus events.
student playing an intense game of Jenga at the Scholarship Hall Olympics

A KU tradition since 1925.

scholarship hall residents enjoying some crackers in the 1950s

Even in the 1950s, scholarship halls had an open pantry for snacks.

Students posing for a precarious photo above the entrance to Battenfeld Hall in 1981

Students posing above the entrance to Battenfeld Hall in 1981

Reiger Hall women enjoying a poetry painting event in 2018

Reiger Hall women enjoying a poetry painting event in 2018

Two co-ed scholarship halls

the sun shines on Grace Pearson hall


Join the Tradition

Interested in a scholarship hall?
Learn more about the scholarship hall application process.
How to Apply