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Burpee Hall

Burpee Hall houses upper-year students in an active, lively, and community-focused environment. Room doors are often open, as students move throughout the hall to engage with each other. With a sizeable common area lounge, Burpee Hall is a place where you will often see groups of students gathering to eat, study, watch TV or play a game together.

A wide lense photo of a double room in Burpee Hall


Given its unique layout, Burpee Hall offers students a variety of living choices. The fully carpeted ground floor rooms are all-female; the first and third floor rooms are mixed gender. Rooms on the second floor are all gender-neutral, offering students looking for this living option a choice in one of our traditional-style halls.

Burpee Hall Floor Plan

Double room in Burpee Hall; wooden floors with two desks, drawers, beds and walk-in closets


Burpee Hall is staffed by three resident assistants and an area coordinator who lives on the first floor.


Perley Burpee, a shoemaker and farmer who married Judith Colby, sister of Governor Anthony Colby, was among the 11 men who procured the original charter for Colby Academy in 1837. The home he built in 1816 still stands on Main Street, one block east of the campus. His grandchildren, Wilfred E. Burpee, Class of 1882, and Mary Burpee Macomber, Class of 1885, served as trustees from 1907-1948 and from 1905-1952, respectively. Erected wing by wing over three years, Burpee Hall housed the library collection until 1949.