Painter/Whitcraft, located within nine-story Studebaker West, is one of the recently renovated buildings on campus. This residence hall, which houses 450 students, offers several amenities including a fitness gym, a large computer lab/technology center, laundry facilities that use card readers and Wash Alert, and air conditioning throughout the building.

Painter/Whitcraft features rectangular double rooms for students. Furniture is stackable with desks, chairs, beds, dressers, and wardrobes for each resident. Watch our video for tips on how to arrange the furniture. Along with a phone jack, one wired Ethernet outlet is available in student rooms, and wireless Internet service is available throughout the building.

You have a lot of choices for your meals or even a snack. The Micro Café dining unit is located in this building. Noyer Centre is across the street, and Woodworth Commons food court is nearby. 

Studebaker hosts a variety of events for students, including an annual tournament called Human Foosball and Stu-Stock, an end-of-the-year celebration. 

Painter/Whitcraft is the home to the Discover Living-Learning Community.


Painter/Whitcraft was named for two professors who were involved with Ball State during its early history.

Floy Ruth Painter was a professor of social science at Ball State from 1926 to 1959. She is remembered as someone who joined her interest and concern in humanity’s social problems with a career of teaching and working in the social sciences.
Leslie H. Whitcraft was a professor and head of the mathematics department at Ball State from 1924 to 1951. He is remembered as someone who had the interests of his school and his community at the center of his activities.