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Donner was built in the early 1950s and extensively renovated in 1995. Stern Hall represents Stanford’s brief departure into architectural modernism and honors donor “Aunt Lucie” Stern, a popular local figure and friend of the University who often invited students to her Palo Alto house to make them feel at home.

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More About Donner

Part of Stanford's East Campus, Donner provides a one-of-a-kind experience in a classic residence. Donner focuses on arts programs ranging from trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, to local theater performances in Mountain View, and ballet and Cirque du Soleil in San Francisco.  This, along with a hefty dose of sports — both on-campus events and active engagement, and trips to San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose for baseball, basketball, and hockey. Donner is a house for cooks and those who enjoy food and dinner-table conversation; frequent Donner Dinners bring guests from campus and from the area to join us for a home-cooked meal and an evening’s conversation.

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Information for New Donner Residents

Welcome to Donner — the house we believe is the very best all-frosh dorm at Stanford.   Here you can find additional information to help you prepare to arrive at your new home on campus.

Resident Fellow

Photograph of Donner Resident Fellow, Linda Paulson.

Linda Paulson is the Associate Dean and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program, which has awarded 347 degrees in 32 years, and a lecturer in the English Department. 

She has her Ph.D. in comparative literature from UCLA, specializing in nineteenth-century British and French literature -- with particular concentration on Charles Dickens and Honoré de Balzac, as well as on Victorian novels and culture. 

In 1989, she received Stanford's Dinkelspiel Award for distinguished teaching and service to Stanford.

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Donner is located in...


Burbank, Casa Zapata, Columbae, Delta Delta Delta, Donner, Larkin, Mars, Neptune, Pluto, Sally Ride, Sigma Nu, Twain, and apartments in Mirrielees and Duan.

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For more information about Stern Hall residences visit the Residential & Dining Enterprises website.