In the fall of 1961, Cardinal O’Hara Hall opened as a dormitory for male students. The building underwent renovations to become coeducational in September 1993, alleviating overcrowding and housing issues on campus.

Now in its 60th year, O’Hara houses approximately 250 first-year students. Meghan Sambrook ’25, who moved into the basement level this past August, notes, “When I arrived, I was nervous that it would be difficult to meet friends and live with a roommate, but it was the opposite. After spending the first few nights in O’Hara, I met so many friends. Every day, it feels more like home.”

First-year classmates Naomi Lin, Kara Smail, Meghan Sambrook and Jake O’Brien sit on a rock wall outside of O’Hara, where there was once a driveway.