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Willard Residential College

at Northwestern University

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What is Willard Residential College?

Founded in 1972, Willard Residential College (known to residents as the Wooshack) is one of the oldest and largest members of Northwestern University's Residential College Board. Built in 1938, Willard Hall was originally a female dormitory until it became the first undergraduate co-ed housing on campus in 1970. Willard Hall was named after Frances Willard, president of the Evanston College for Ladies and a founder in the late nineteenth century of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. You can also read more about Willard's extensive history here!


Learn about the other colleges in Northwestern's residential college system here!

Building Amenities


Great Room

Fran's Cafe

Willard Gym

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Located in the basement of Willard, the Great Room acts as a gathering place for everyone in the Southwest Neighborhood. You can find students practicing at the Grand Piano or playing Smash Tournaments on the TV.

Fran's Cafe, situated in the basement of Willard, is home to the best milkshakes on campus, and arguably, in the world. You can use your dining dollars here, and there are also meal exchange options!

The Willard Gym, right in the basement, houses a free weight set, TRX bands, medicine balls, mats, jump ropes, and a series of ellipticals and treadmills!

What else can I find in Willard?

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