Porter Hall

Welcome to Porter Hall

Porter Hall, named after Foster B. Porter and built in 1966, is home to approximately 180 men and 66 women and is located in “The Block”. Porter is a popular choice to both freshmen and upperclassmen students.

Porter Hall is divided into eight wings which consist of 6 male wings and 2 female wings. In fall 2012, Porter Hall was the first hall to receive a building-wide renovation. The lobby, front desk, basement, kitchen, lounges, hallways, open area furniture, and student rooms all received updates to give the hall a more modern look. In addition to an open game area/TV lounge, several basement study rooms were created to give residents a place where they can study and focus. Our renovated multipurpose and conference rooms are available to use for programs and group meetings.  An expanded computer lounge allows students to use the hall computers or bring their own laptops down to do work in a quiet environment.
Each year, Porter Hall sponsors an annual social event, called “A Night in Vegas, which is open to the entire campus community to attend. Participants donate money in return for “Vegas money” which they can use for games like blackjack, roulette, and Texas Hold’em. At the end of the evening, participants have the opportunity to participate in an auction where they can use their “Vegas money” to bid on prizes.  The money that’s donated is given to a local charity that is selected by the hall. Porter Hall also works closely with Melcher, Morrow, and Dobson Hall for the annual Block Party which takes place during Welcome Weekend. These halls collaborate with other campus organizations to put on a bash that welcomes residence hall students to UW-Platteville as well as gives the opportunity to meet new people.

Resident Director Dan Foley

From the desk of the resident director

Happy Summer Pioneers!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and is finding some time to relax. We are keeping busy preparing for students to arrive in September here on campus. Thankfully, the weather has been cooperative this summer, which has been great with the Melcher renovation happening next door and various other construction projects that are happening throughout campus. 

The residence halls will re-open for new students beginning on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 8:00 am. Move in will for returning students begins on Sunday, September 4, and continues through Labor Day Weekend. More information will be coming as we get closer to Welcome Weekend. Residence hall placement information will be coming to your email listed in your PASS account in mid-July. Please make sure that this email is up to date so that you receive all of the information that you need. 

If you are coming to Porter in the fall, you can opt to rent a metal loft through Bedloft. Please head over to the Residence Life homepage and click Bed Loft Information in the Quick Links section, then choose the bottom large orange button for Porter. Please note, if you have not yet received your room assignment, you will not be able to rent a loft, but you can log on and do so as soon as you know your room! 

For those of you who may be returning to Porter, or if you are joining the Porter family for the first time, please take a moment to look over the Residence Hall Handbook, found under the Policies heading at the top of the page, as well as the other information available through our website. Make sure that you are prepared and know what you can and cannot bring to campus in the fall. Also remember that Bike Lockers are available for rent through the Department of Residence Life. More information, including the rental form, is available through the Resources heading at the top of the page. As an added incentive to renting a bike locker, anyone who does so and registers their bike with the UW-Platteville police will receive a free bike light. The bike registry is in your own best interest in case your bike would be lost or stolen.

Lastly, I have one very bittersweet announcement to make. My last day at UW-Platteville will be Friday, June 24, as I have accepted a new position at New Mexico State University. I am very excited to be embarking on this new and exciting venture, but I am very sad to be leaving the incredible team in Porter Hall and the Department of Residence Life. At this point, we do not yet know who the new Porter Resident Director will be, so I remain your main point of contact if you have any questions or concerns. Since I will be leaving Platteville soon, the best way to reach me is through email.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, they will go fast!


Dan Foley, M.Ed.
Porter Hall Resident Director

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