Cavanaugh Hall


Cavanaugh Hall


Constructed as a male, freshman residence hall in 1936 and dedicated in honor of Rev. John W. Cavanaugh, Notre Dame's fifth president; When constructed, the hall was the first North Quad residence hall; Originally housed 196 men; Renovated in 1989; Converted to a women's residence hall in 1994 as a result of increasing enrollment of women; Chapel was renovated in 2000 and now offers air conditioning; Conveniently located next door to the LaFortune Student Center and Washington Hall; Notable residents include Tim Brown '88 (Heisman Trophy winner); Active hall government coordinates events such as dances, educational presentations, and a very successful Father-Daughter and Mother-Daughter Weekends held every other year in the spring.


Cavanaugh Hall offers a variety of room configurations, most of which are singles and doubles. There are also rooms that are 3-person suites and 4-person suites.

RECTOR: MS. Lauren Donahue



Lauren Donahue comes to Notre Dame from Walkersville, Maryland, where her family settled after moving from Queens, New York. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Arts Administration from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in Indiana, Pennsylvania. While studying at IUP, Lauren worked at Saint Vincent in Campus Ministry as the Assistant Director for Social Outreach. There she worked with students to organize service projects in the local community. She also organized mission trips and pilgrimages to Brazil, China, Taiwan, Rome and Alaska. She had the privilege of chaperoning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for World Youth Day. To supplement her studies, Lauren also worked with Greek students and Resident Assistants focusing on leadership development. In her spare time she coached field hockey at Greater Latrobe Senior High School. Lauren also enjoys running, singing, exploring local eateries and coffee shops and cheering on the New York Giants and Yankees.
In response to the questions of why serve as Rector and why now, Lauren said: “I am thrilled to begin this new adventure with the women of Cavanaugh Hall, and it is an honor and blessing to be a part of this community rooted in history and tradition. My years of living in a residence hall were a transformative experience full of wonderful memories, so being a part of offering similar experiences for others gives me great joy. I am looking forward to growing in faith and fellowship with the women of Cavanaugh as they discern who and what God has called them to be.”



Established: 1936
Mascot/Nickname: Chaos
Color: Green
Quad Location: North Quad
Chapel: Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Signature Event: Cavanaugh Open Ping Pong Tournament
Charity: Hannah and Friends, St. Margaret's


Number of Floors: 4
Number of Rooms: 114
Capacity: 209

Elevator? Yes
Air Conditioning? No
Study Room(s)? Yes
Exercise Room? Yes
Kitchen Access? Yes
Laundry Facilities? Yes
Sinks in Rooms? Yes
Modular Furniture? Yes


Location on Campus Map
North: Zahm Hall
South: LaFortune Student Center
East: Breen-Phillips Hall
West: Washington Hall, Main Building