The complex of Rockefeller College including Upper Madison Hall (Old Commons), Campbell Hall, Holder Hall, Buyers Hall, and Witherspoon Hall offers some of the University’s most elegant public areas.
The College Dining Hall in Upper Madison Hall is the largest on campus and is used for a variety of University functions when the students are not in the College.
Similarly, the Peter S. Firestone Common Room with its paneled walls, leaded windows, and the expanse of marble flooring is ideal for a wide variety of activities, ranging from the student-sponsored semiformal gatherings hosted there, to musical performances from chamber orchestras and Afro-Cuban dance bands, to college-wide study breaks, to informal lounging and reading of morning newspapers.
Another public area for students to use informally or for planned group activities is the Private Dining Room, which also houses a portrait of John D. Rockefeller 3rd, and seats up to twenty-five for dinners and lunches.
Overlooking the Common Room is an elegant film theater and classroom space, with a full range of projection equipment.
In the Holder Center, located in entry 4B Holder Hall, there is an art gallery, a graphic design media room,a video-editing room, as well as space to hold workshops.
In the tower of Buyers Hall, there is a seminar room - T5 - that is used for holding Freshman Seminars and precepts.
The Holder Memorial Tower fronting Nassau Street is quite discernible from a distance and distinctive to the College. The College Office entrance from Nassau Street is adjacent to the tower but is also accessible through the entry from Holder Courtyard into Upper Madison Hall. If you have any questions, come to the College Office. Regardless of your need, we will help you or guide you to the best source or resource.
The following list may help to familiarize you with the college facilities. Your Resident College Adviser and members of the College Council or staff can also provide any information you need.
Laurance F. Rockefeller Library
Located in Lower Madison Hall (right below the Mathey College dining hall), the library is a quiet place to read and study. It houses a collection of reference books and duplicate copies of books available in the Firestone Library, which are non-circulating. Current periodicals and newspapers are also available. The library is shared with Mathey College, is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and is accessible by ID/prox card (only Rocky and Mathey students' proxes allow access). The entrance to the library is by the archway that connects Hamilton Hall and the Mathey dining hall.
Above the Common Room foyer, the Rocky/Mathey Theater is used for seminars, group discussions, films, plays, and lectures. Films in conjunction with Freshman Seminars are shown in this fully equipped and computerized space, which offers film, DVD, and video projection.
The College co-sponsors a weekly film series with the University Center for Human Values -- Film Forum -- which shows movies based on themes, followed by facilitated discussion with Princeton professors.
Rocky students are welcome to attend any of the films shown in our theater, and may reserve the space for their own screenings by contacting Karen Sisti in the Rocky College Office.
There are two computer clusters in Rocky: the Rocky-Mathey Computer room is located directly behind the Rocky-Mathey Library in Hamilton Hall, and the Holder Computer Cluster is located in the lower level of Holder, near the 11th entryway. The combinations for both locks are available at either the Rockefeller or Mathey College Office. PCs and iMacs are available for your use, as well as laser printers and a scanner. There is also a printer cluster in the Holder Center seminar room. All of the rooms are accessible twenty-four hours a day.
TV Rooms & Lounges
One TV room and lounge is located in the basement of the 6th entry of Holder Hall, along with a pool table and equipment. A second TV room is located in the basement of Witherspoon Hall, and a third on the first floor of Buyers in the first entryway. These rooms are all available on a first-come, first-served basis, using a code for access (see the Rocky College Office for the codes). There are lounge areas throughout the Holder, Witherspoon, Buyers, and Campbell dorm areas.
Laundry facilities are located in the basement in the 13th entryway of Holder. Eight washers and sixteen dryers are available. There are also laundry facilities available in the basements of Buyers, Witherspoon, and Campbell Halls. All Rockefeller laundry facilities are free of charge.
There are rooms specifically designed as quiet areas for studying in the basement of Buyers (1st entryway), Holder (11th entryway), and Witherspoon Halls.
There are fully equipped kitchens in the basement of Witherspoon Hall and in Holder Hall that can be used for hosting dinner parties and cooking clubs.