Residence Halls
Pyon-Chen Hall
  Pyon-Chen Hall
  Pyon-Chen Hall Pyon-Chen Hall
  Pyon-Chen Hall Pyon-Chen Hall

Pyon-Chen Hall is the first of our two new residence halls located in the newly established Heritage Community. The state-of-the-art residence hall opens in August 2021. The neighboring Johnson-Whittle Hall will open in 2022.

Pyon-Chen (p-awn chen) Hall is named in honor of two fearless trailblazers, Pyon Su, and Chunjen Constant Chen. In 1891, Pyon Su became the first Korean student to receive a degree from any American college or university. Chunjen Constant Chen was the first Chinese student to enroll at the Maryland Agricultural College in 1915.

Johnson-Whittle Hall is named after Ms. Elaine Johnson Coates, the first African American female to graduate with a degree in education in 1959, and Mr. Hiram Whittle, the first African American male to be admitted to our university in 1951. They will forever be symbols of opportunity and progress and whose resolve and determination to succeed against all odds serve as an inspiration to all Terps.

Pyon-Chen Hall is a six-story, co-ed, traditional style hall situated between Stadium Drive and Farm Drive, housing 450 residents in single and double rooms. Each room has a twin-sized, extra-long, adjustable bed, personal open closet, desk, desk chair, 4-drawer dressers, luxury vinyl flooring, and adjustable blinds.

Residential floors feature a central lounge space, enclosed study areas, and clusters of private communal accessible bathrooms. The bathroom configuration offers common vanity spaces and individual toilet and shower compartments that provide a much greater level of privacy and accessibility.

A service desk is located on the first floor and will serve as a resource for students offering day and night operation, emergency assistance, support and resources, and the location where students receive their packages or check out spare keys when needed.

For Fall 2021, Pyon-Chen will be home to some of the incoming cohort of the University Honors living-learning program and other incoming first-year students


Pyon-Chen Hall has remarkable views providing an overlook of the new Dining Facility, Johnson-Whittle Hall, and La Plata Beach. Each floor has numerous studies and lounges with a storefront opening at every corner of the building maximizing natural light. On the first floor, there is a welcoming living room space, a large group study room for the building, a multipurpose room, and a building kitchen.

Each bedroom is complete with data jacks for private telephone and computer use. Each floor also has one accessible student room with a private bathroom.

The North Campus Diner and two convenience stores are a few minutes walking distance away and most academic buildings and libraries are less than a 10-minute walk. The University Shuttle makes frequent stops for overall safety and convenience.

Students have 24-hour access to laundry rooms located on each floor.

Resident Life Staff

Resident Life staff are available to assist residents with a variety of needs. Community Assistants serve as a main resource for the residents; they operate the building's 24-hour service desk. The desk is the central location for which students pick up mail, obtain extra keys, and make other service-related requests.

Two Resident Assistants live on each floor, along with one full-time Resident Director who also lives in the building and oversees the staff. The Resident Staff is responsible for managing the residence halls, as well as creating a social, cultural, and academic environment through various programs.


Pyon-Chen Hall

Mailing Address

Pyon-Chen Hall
8097 La Plata Drive
College Park, MD 20742

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