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Centennial Hall


Centennial Hall is ETBU’s newest residence hall on campus and is home to a majority of our first-year freshmen student population. The hall name, Centennial, comes for ETBU’s 100th year of existence in 2014 which is when ETBU broke ground for this building. The residence hall is divided into two distinct and separate wings, one for each gender and is connected by a central lobby. Each suite has four individual bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each individual bedroom includes a full size bed, desk, chair, two-drawer dresser and closet area. Centennial Hall features a few private suites for upperclassmen to live in to serve as Student Chaplains or simply role models. Students can apply for these during Housing Selection. 

Centennial Residence Life Staff puts on a variety of events to engage the students living in the hall, as well as the overall ETBU community. Events have included: Progressive Snacks, Minute-to-Win-It, arts and crafts, video game tournaments and much more. 

Centennial Hall also puts on ETBU’s annual 2k in Color – a campus-wide 2k walk/run that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle while having fun.

Hall Amenities

•    Cable access 
•    Internet access
•    Laundry room on most every floor
•    Central lobby with multiple gathering areas
•    Public televisions are located in the lobby and in fourth floor game rooms
•    Game room for men and women
•    Study areas within the hallways
•    Indoor and outdoor social areas
•    Four floors of living space with elevator and stair access
•    Centennial Hall Classroom
•    Lampsato Prayer Room (female side)
•    Faculty-in-Residence


As a new student, when do I move into my hall?

New students participating in Tiger Camp will move in on August 15, 2018 from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. If you cannot participate in Tiger Camp, you may come when returning students move in. Returning students move in during the following times: August 18, 2018: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m. and August 19, 2018: 2:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.

Returning students move in during the following times:

Saturday, August 18, 2018: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 a.m. and Sunday, August 19, 2018: 2:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.

What are items that I should or shouldn't bring to campus?

As a new student coming to ETBU, here are some things that could be helpful to bring with you! We encourage you to coordinate and communicate with your roommates about some of these items! Full-size sheets, comforter, pillows, blankets (for Centennial Hall) Twin-size sheets, comforter, pillows, blankets (for all halls except Centennial) Iron, ironing board, laundry basket, and laundry detergent Plastic plates, bowls, cups, and utensils Dish soap and scrub brush to wash dishes Lamps (desk lamp and/or floor lamp) Towels, wash cloths, bathroom rugs Tension rod and curtains Toilet paper Shower curtain and rings Broom, small mop or Swiffer, small vacuum Cleaning supplies (Pledge, Comet, toilet bowl cleaner, Magic Erasers, Windex, etc.) 3M Command strips and hooks, Sticky Tack No cooking appliances or heating elements in Centennial, Linebery, or Fry Hall. Can I have a microwave and/or a fridge in my bedroom? You may have a refrigerator that uses 2.5 amps of electricity or less or a microwave. You may have a mini-refrigerator or microwave, but not both unless it is a Microfridge.

I'm living in Centennial Hall! What are some of the dimensions in my room?

Windows are 4ft wide by 6ft tall (Rooms 149-152 and 239-254 actually have 8ft tall windows). Closets vary between 5 and 6 feet wide and approximately 20 inches deep. The bed is 20 inches. Each room has a full-size bed. All of the furniture can be rearranged.

How can I decorate my room?

Be creative! The only stipulations we have are as follows: 3M Command Strips, and Sticky Tack. Room decorations must adhere to the policies of ETBU and not violate the dress code, display sexual content, express racial bigotry, and/or feature alcohol/drugs/tobacco/weapons. No items should be displayed in your windows.

Are there quiet hours in the residence halls?

Courtesy hours are 24/7, but we specifically implement quiet hours form 10:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m. Quiet hours will be observed 24/7 during final exams.

Are there study rooms available in the residence halls?

Each residence hall has a main lobby, and this space can be used for studying. Centennial Hall is equipped with study rooms on each floor. University Apartments also has a study room connected to the main lobby.

Will friends of the opposite gender be allowed to visit my room?

Absolutely! We encourage you to become friends with everyone on campus. We do, however, have specific times when visitation for the opposite gender is allowed. Visitation is from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for Centennial and 6:00 p.m.-Midnight for Fry, Linebery, Ornelas, Mabee and University Apartments. Students must bring their guest in and out through the main lobby of the residence hall to sign him/her in and out. For more information on policies regarding visitation, check out the ETBU Student Handbook and signs posted in your Residence Hall.

Is there a curfew?

As a part of East Texas Baptist University's efforts to provide for a safer and more secure campus community, ETBU observes a safety curfew. The on-campus safety curfew begins at 1:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and ends at 5:00 a.m. Please refer to the ETBU Student Handbook.

May I have a pet on campus?

Only small aquatic pets are allowed in campus housing limited to fish, turtles, and hermit crabs. These pets must be kept in a 3-gallon aquarium (or smaller, limit one per room), except the common areas at Fry, Mabee, Ornelas and University Apartments where a 5-gallon aquarium may be used. Please refer to the ETBU Student Handbook.

What if I require a handicapped room?

If you are an entering student, please mark that on your housing application. If you are a current student, please talk to the Director of Residence Life and we can work with you to find the best accommodation.

Am I required to purchase a meal plan?

Yes. All traditional students living on campus are required to have a meal plan with the exception of University Park residents. Depending on which hall you live in, a variety of meal plan choices will be available to you. Flex dollars may be used at Sub Connection and The Republic. Flex dollars roll over from Fall to Spring semester but not from Spring to Fall semester. The meals are used in the dining hall. Please see below for a list of meal plans available to students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Centennial, Linebery, and Fry Hall residents may choose from these meal plan options.

2018-19 Academic Year Meal Plan

Full Meal (19 meals/wk) with $100 Flex- $2,080/ 14 Meal with $100 Flex-$1,900

When is the Dining Hall, Sub Connection, and The Republic open?

Dining Hall:

Breakfast: Monday – Friday 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday – Friday 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Republic: 

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Sub Connection:

Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Frank Morphis
Centennial Hall Resident Director, Male Wing
903.927.2369 |

Desirae Bradley 
Centennial Hall Resident Director, Female Wing
903.923.2320 |