Frances Allen Black (or FAB) is a suite-style hall. It is our most environmentally friendly building as well as our “Independent Living Community” for students in good standing. Students who reside in these suites are expected to monitor their own behavior, as well as advocate for themselves with regard to issues and concerns in the hall. Each suite houses students in groups of four either in single bedroom or double bedroom suites and has a small common area and a bathroom with a shower that students are responsible for cleaning. Laundry facilities, study areas and lounge spaces are located on each floor.

The floors in FAB are distinct by number, floor from ground level up. There is a main lounge and kitchenette for student use and a bicycle storage area. Residents of FAB Hall sign a community agreement

There is one professional Graduate Area Coordinator who supervises FAB Hall and assists in the development of communal living. This individual is responsible for enhancing their residents’ college experience by assisting in promoting programs within the hall. Programs, which are designed by the two Community Assistants in the hall, promote the development of both academic and social skills. A Community Assistant is an upper class student who assists in building community within their areas, as well as helping residents get involved in the University community through various programming initiatives. Deciding what to bring to college can be very stressful. Because of this, we have compiled a list that has helpful reminders. Please refer to the packing list to assist you in your packing.


Within the building:

  • 98 occupants in the hall and two visiting faculty members
  • Coed by Suite
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Laundry on each floor
  • Kitchen on first floor
  • All bathrooms are incorporated into suites
  • Common rooms in each suite
  • Available for Upperclass Students only
  • Community Assistants: 2
  • Visiting Faculty Members: 2

Within each room:

Room Specs:

  • Average number of windows per room, 1 per single and 2 per double
  • Space under beds, approximately 10″ at lowest to 27″ at highest
  • Average furniture in doubles includes: two beds, two dressers, two closets, two desk and chairs
  • Average furniture in singles include: one bed, one dresser, one closet, one desk and chair

Standard Room Dimensions:

  • Average single room, approximately 9.3′ wide by 10.8 deep
  • Average double room, approximately 12.5′ wide by 14.6 deep

For more information, please contact Kelsey Champagne-Smith, Assistant Director of Housing and Academic Success, at 207-778-7488