by AMBER EBANKS
In the fall of 2014, Prince Frederick Hall, opened on North Hill next to Wicomico Hall. The dorm has often been compared to Oakland Hall on North Campus because it houses singles, doubles and four-person semi-suites. Also, Prince Frederick Hall has “green” features, such as energy-efficient windows. Prince Frederick is home to 462 students, many are freshmen enrolled in the new honors program Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES). Only one third of the residents are non-ACES students and are mostly upperclassmen.
On each floor, there are two lounges. One is a designated study spot and has many tables and white boards, while the other has more open space for socializing. The dorm also has a large 140 seat multipurpose-room and 75 seat seminar room on the main floor of the building.
Unlike many dorms on campus, the residents of Prince Frederick Hall have washing machines and dryers available on their floor. In addition, there are trash rooms on each floor that feature both trash cans and recycling bins.
Another feature of the dorm is that it is gender-neutral. Gender-neutral housing options make it easier for students to choose a dorm specially designed to meet their needs. Unlike many dorms on Maryland’s campus where the sexes are separated on each floor, the floors in Prince Frederick Hall are are divided by a traditional side and a suite side. Each side has its own RA.
The halls alternate men’s and women’s rooms, and there are common area and gender-neutral bathrooms on the traditional side of each floor. There are also handicap accessible living units in the dorm. Students have air conditioning available year-round, carpeted hallways and tile floors in their rooms.