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Hanna Hall

Student Residence Policy

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All Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors Live on Campus Unless They Qualify for Commuter Status

Living on campus provides students with unmatched access to resources and activities leading to better grades, higher graduation rates, and more time with friends! See the FAQs page for more information about the housing policy.

Hanna Hall is part of the first-year quad area and is located at the corner of 14th Street and Melrose Avenue.

The three floors are divided into two wings per floor, east and west. While housing is co-ed by floor, each wing features a single-sex community bathroom.

The building also features a laundry facility and vending area on the first floor. Occupancy is approximately 150 students.

Room Details

  • Approximate room dimensions are 12'3" x 12'0"
  • Windows measure 4'3" x 3'2"
  • Floors are not carpeted and rooms come with overhead lighting
  • This is not an air-conditioned building
  • Furniture: two XL beds, two desks, two chairs, one dresser, and two armoires
  • Connectivity: Campus-wide WiFi, two Ethernet ports, and one cable television output
  • Furniture and room layout may vary

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About John Hanna


Born in 1907 in Chester, PA, John R. Hanna resided at 1123 Upland Street until age 10, when his family moved to Swarthmore. Hanna graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1926 and later graduated from Pennsylvania Military College in 1930 with a degree in civil engineering.

While at PMC, he was a star guard on the football team and was a member of Beta Zeta Epsilon Fraternity. In 1947, Hanna became a partner in his family business John R. Hanna and Sons, a contracting business which installed most of Chester's sidewalks, and later went on to be its president and owner.

As an active alumnus, Hanna became a member of the PMC Board of Trustees in 1955 and later served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Managers. At the time of his death, in 1982 at age 74, Hanna served as a trustee emeritus.