Dunne Hall
Campus quadEast
Coordinates41°42′16″N 86°13′58″W / 41.7045°N 86.2329°W / 41.7045; -86.2329Coordinates: 41°42′16″N 86°13′58″W / 41.7045°N 86.2329°W / 41.7045; -86.2329
MottoPotentia Videre, Fortitudo Agere (The competence to see and the courage to act)
ColorsHesburgh Blue, Quad Green, Stonehenge Grey    [1]
RectorRev. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C.
BenefactorJimmy and Susan Dunne
ChapelBlessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C
Interhall sportsFootball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Baseball
CharitiesEducation Bridge
Major eventsDunne Funne Runne, Dunnedance Film Festival, Aspen in the 80's, The Feast, Dunnegle (unofficial)
WebsiteHome Page
Dunne Hall (University of Notre Dame)
Location in Notre Dame, Indiana

Dunne Hall is the newest of the 32 Residence Halls on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and one of the 16 male dorms. It is located on East Quad, between Knott Hall and McCourtney Hall. Built in 2016 together with its twin dorm Flaherty Hall, it was the first dorm built since Ryan Hall in 2009.[2][3]

Dunne Hall
Dunne Hall


It was built in 2015-2016,[4] it opened for the Fall 2016 semester.[5] It was constructed with 20 million dollars donated by Jimmy Dunne, a 1978 Notre Dame graduate, senior managing principal of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, an investment banking firm.[6] He is also a member of the university's board of trustees.[7] Susan Dunne earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Lynchburg College and for twelve years worked as an executive recruiter in New York City.[5][8] The Dunne family has provided generous support to several Notre Dame fundraising initiatives and scholarship programs over the years.[9]


The building was built in the neo-gothic style used for other recent constructions at Notre Dame. The chapel is visible from the outside, unlike many other dorms whose chapel is inside the building. The chapel is named after Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross [3] Dunne Hall is approximately 71,000 square feet.[10] Student rooms host 221 students, and rooms feature singles, doubles, quads and six-man rooms. Half of each first floor is devoted to community spaces, featuring a two-story lounge, reading room and study areas.[11] Additional space includes pass-through floor lounges on the second, third and fourth floors, designed to promote gathering in community. The building has one full kitchen and three kitchenettes adjoined to the floor lounges, plus food sales in the basement.[8]

It opened in the fall of 2016, and it hosted incoming freshmen as well as returning seniors, juniors and sophomores who were able to apply to transfer to Dunne through the interhall application process. The colors (Quad Green, Hesburgh Blue and Stonehenge Gray) and mascot, (Sentinels) were chosen by popular vote by the residents.[1]

Dunne also is the home to Drs. John and Karen Deak as the second lay faculty in residence, after a pilot program in Lyons Hall. In residence faculty reside in Dunne’s first-floor apartment and refine this new role as it complements hall staff and the priests-in-residence, Fr. Kevin Grove, csc. Fr. Grove is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Notre Dame and lives on the fourth floor. Every week he hosts pizza in his apartment after Mass. These roles recall the Notre Dame tradition of ‘bachelor dons,’ faculty members who resided in halls at periods in the university's history. The program is designed to help students thoughtfully integrate their academic lives with the formation that occurs in residence halls.[12]


While relatively new, Dunne won Men's Hall of the Year for the 2017-2018 academic year.[13] Dunne's signature events include the Dunnedance Film Festival in the spring, which showcases short films made by Dunne residents in addition to students from other residence halls, and the Dunne Funne Runne in the fall, a 3 kilometer relay race accompanied by a carnival.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Flaherty, Dunne halls select mascots, colors // The Observer". 14 September 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ Dame, Marketing Communications: Web // University of Notre. "Home // Dunne Hall // University of Notre Dame". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Dunne and Flaherty Halls become two newest dorms // The Observer". 19 August 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  4. ^ Reports, WANE Staff (19 May 2016). "2 couples give $20M each to Notre Dame for 2 dormitories". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Dunne Hall, Flaherty Hall to open for fall semester // The Observer". 17 May 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  6. ^ Center, Foundation. "Notre Dame Receives $40 Million in Gifts From Alumni". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  7. ^ "2 couples give $20M each to Notre Dame for 2 dormitories - Indiana - Journal Gazette". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b Report, South Bend Tribune. "Notre Dame names two new residence halls". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Notre Dame receives two $20 million dollar gifts in dorm naming rights". 18 May 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  10. ^ Brown, Alex. "Major Gifts to Fund Notre Dame Residence Halls". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Notre Dame receives two $20 million dollar gifts in dorm naming rights". 18 May 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Dunne and Flaherty Halls become two newest dorms // The Observer". 19 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Dillon Hall named 2017 - 2018 'Hall of the Year' // The Observer". 11 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Dunne Hall hosts first annual signature race // The Observer". 9 October 2017.