WSU Housing and Residence Life

Housing and Residential Life

Orton

Students enjoying food in Orton Hall

Orton Hall's upper floors are double rooms, primarily housing underclassmen. Orton Hall has lower floors for students who are at least 19 years of age, these floors tend to be quieter and have a more peaceful atmosphere.

Privacy is provided on the age-restricted floors by single rooms, with community-style bathrooms; but to connect with other students all one needs to do is keep their door open.

While being more relaxed, Orton still has a fair share of residents that are engaged in the hall community. Getting involved with leadership in the building is popular among students, as is being involved on campus outside of Orton. The hall government in Orton Hall has a tradition of large-scale and exciting programming, and has consistently won awards for Community of the Year. Every floor of Orton Hall has a full kitchen, and residents on the 19 and older floors aren’t required to have a RDA account.

Key Events:
• Orton Haunted Hall program every Halloween
• Hall-wide academic programming
• Partnerships with McEachern Hall for opening and closing BBQ event

  • My Residence Hall

    Residential Education Director

    Dawn Albertson-Gass

    McEachern: 509-335-6278 | Orton: 335-4457
    Email Me!

    Hall Desk Phone #: 509-335-3306

    US Postal Service Letters & Packages Address:
    Student Name
    Orton Hall xxx
    PO Box 1700
    Pullman, WA 99163

    Fed-Ex, UPS, etc. address:
    for East Units:
    Student Name
    1475 SE Olympia Ave
    Hall Number xxx 

    Pullman WA 99163

    *Fed-Ex packages sent with "Adult Signature Required" could lead to delays due to a 21 year old signature requirement.

    (xxx=room number)

    Walking time to the CUB: 5 minutes
    Walking time to the Student Recreation Center: 15 minutes
    Walking time to the Down Under Recreation Center:6 minutes

  • Room Amenities

    Room Layout: Single rooms

  • Building Features

    Hall Features:
    • 70” TV with stadium seating
    • Fireplace
    • Full kitchen on each floor
    • Micro fridge in each room
    • Pool table
    • Table tennis
    • Air hockey table
    • Weight room

    Hall Capacity:
    • 250 students

    Residents:
    • Coed
    • Designated floors for students 19 years of age or older
    • Mix of under and upperclassman, including Freshmen
    • Transfer and International students

  • First Year Focus

    Freshmen living in Orton, a coed age-restricted hall, will have option of enrolling in a one of the following First-Year Focus courses:

    Orton: History 105: Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT], English 101: Composition [WRTG], or School of the Environment 101: Introduction to Geology [PSCI]. These courses are shared with neighboring Rogers Hall.

  • Floor Plans

  • Photo Gallery

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Move In Information

    General Move-In Information

    Official WSU move-in begins on Wednesday, August 15. While residence hall contracts begin on Saturday, August 11, WSU highly encourages students to arrive for move-in on August 15 to begin their successful college experience with Week Of Welcome events beginning that night. 

    This year, the WSU community and departments across campus collaborate to develop to best possible options to facilitate the thousands of students and cars that arrive on move-in day. Your arrival time, the hall you’re moving into, and the particular day you arrive, all play a factor in your experience. Those moving in will need to sign up and indicate their planned arrival time. Please complete the form located at https://movein.wsu.edu/signup 

    Please plan to come with patience and know that there will probably be some wait times to get into your unloading zone. Hundreds of volunteers, Housing & Residence Life staff, and Parking & Transportation Services staff want your move-in to be smooth and low stress. They are easily identifiable and happy to help. Please keep in mind that pets are not allowed in the residence halls when moving in.

    You can find more information about move-in at https://movein.wsu.edu/  Information will also be shared and live tweeted on move-in day, please follow us @reslifewsu and use #WSUWOW

    Specific Instructions for Orton Hall

    Drive to your assigned hall and look for the parking staff and temporary parking signage directing you to an active unloading zone.

    Enter Orton through the main entrance, proceed through the blue doors to your left which takes you to the front desk and check in with your Cougar Card/photo ID. Sign up for a cart if you need one or look for move-in volunteers. If it is after desk hours, call the Resident Advisor on duty.

    As parking is at a premium, once your car is unloaded, it must be relocated to a different parking lot. Parking staff will be on site to assist you with directions on best parking lot options.

    Extra recycling containers are brought in specifically for move-in. Please pay attention to where you are disposing of garbage versus recycling.

    For hanging items on your walls in Orton Hall please use blue painters tape for posters, and 3M Command strips to hang pictures. If you use 3M Command strips, please do not remove the strips; our staff will remove them over the summer if the room needs to be painted. Do not use double-sided mounting products, permanent mounting products, blue mounting putty, tacks or push pins, masking tape, or duct tape. Orton has several walls with wall carpeting; please use tacks and pins on these walls, never use 3M Command strips.

    Words of Wisdom from past students and parents

    Rooms are smaller than you think. Spend some time looking at the photos and room dimensions and be realistic with what will fit. 

    Review what you can’t bring – the list is specific for each hall.

  • My Residence Hall

    Residential Education Director

    Dawn Albertson-Gass

    McEachern: 509-335-6278 | Orton: 335-4457
    Email Me!

    Hall Desk Phone #: 509-335-3306

    US Postal Service Letters & Packages Address:
    Student Name
    Orton Hall xxx
    PO Box 1700
    Pullman, WA 99163

    Fed-Ex, UPS, etc. address:
    for East Units:
    Student Name
    1475 SE Olympia Ave
    Hall Number xxx 

    Pullman WA 99163

    *Fed-Ex packages sent with "Adult Signature Required" could lead to delays due to a 21 year old signature requirement.

    (xxx=room number)

    Walking time to the CUB: 5 minutes
    Walking time to the Student Recreation Center: 15 minutes
    Walking time to the Down Under Recreation Center:6 minutes

  • Room Amenities

    Room Layout: Single rooms

  • Building Features

    Hall Features:
    • 70” TV with stadium seating
    • Fireplace
    • Full kitchen on each floor
    • Micro fridge in each room
    • Pool table
    • Table tennis
    • Air hockey table
    • Weight room

    Hall Capacity:
    • 250 students

    Residents:
    • Coed
    • Designated floors for students 19 years of age or older
    • Mix of under and upperclassman, including Freshmen
    • Transfer and International students

  • First Year Focus

    Freshmen living in Orton, a coed age-restricted hall, will have option of enrolling in a one of the following First-Year Focus courses:

    Orton: History 105: Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT], English 101: Composition [WRTG], or School of the Environment 101: Introduction to Geology [PSCI]. These courses are shared with neighboring Rogers Hall.

  • Floor Plans

  • Photo Gallery

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Move In Information

    General Move-In Information

    Official WSU move-in begins on Wednesday, August 15. While residence hall contracts begin on Saturday, August 11, WSU highly encourages students to arrive for move-in on August 15 to begin their successful college experience with Week Of Welcome events beginning that night. 

    This year, the WSU community and departments across campus collaborate to develop to best possible options to facilitate the thousands of students and cars that arrive on move-in day. Your arrival time, the hall you’re moving into, and the particular day you arrive, all play a factor in your experience. Those moving in will need to sign up and indicate their planned arrival time. Please complete the form located at https://movein.wsu.edu/signup 

    Please plan to come with patience and know that there will probably be some wait times to get into your unloading zone. Hundreds of volunteers, Housing & Residence Life staff, and Parking & Transportation Services staff want your move-in to be smooth and low stress. They are easily identifiable and happy to help. Please keep in mind that pets are not allowed in the residence halls when moving in.

    You can find more information about move-in at https://movein.wsu.edu/  Information will also be shared and live tweeted on move-in day, please follow us @reslifewsu and use #WSUWOW

    Specific Instructions for Orton Hall

    Drive to your assigned hall and look for the parking staff and temporary parking signage directing you to an active unloading zone.

    Enter Orton through the main entrance, proceed through the blue doors to your left which takes you to the front desk and check in with your Cougar Card/photo ID. Sign up for a cart if you need one or look for move-in volunteers. If it is after desk hours, call the Resident Advisor on duty.

    As parking is at a premium, once your car is unloaded, it must be relocated to a different parking lot. Parking staff will be on site to assist you with directions on best parking lot options.

    Extra recycling containers are brought in specifically for move-in. Please pay attention to where you are disposing of garbage versus recycling.

    For hanging items on your walls in Orton Hall please use blue painters tape for posters, and 3M Command strips to hang pictures. If you use 3M Command strips, please do not remove the strips; our staff will remove them over the summer if the room needs to be painted. Do not use double-sided mounting products, permanent mounting products, blue mounting putty, tacks or push pins, masking tape, or duct tape. Orton has several walls with wall carpeting; please use tacks and pins on these walls, never use 3M Command strips.

    Words of Wisdom from past students and parents

    Rooms are smaller than you think. Spend some time looking at the photos and room dimensions and be realistic with what will fit. 

    Review what you can’t bring – the list is specific for each hall.