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Macdonald Hall


Built in 1903, Macdonald Hall is named after philanthropist Sir William Macdonald, who generously donated to both its construction as a residence for women, and the Macdonald Institute, which he co-founded with Adelaide Hoodless.

A new way of learning

Macdonald Hall is transforming the learning experience, changing both what we teach and where learning happens. Our nationally recognized introduction to business course (MGMT*1000), is taught in a custom designed classroom with facilities that enhance collaboration and team leadership. Traditional lecture halls are replaced with furniture that adjusts to each individual class.

Front of Macdonald Hall building

Take a virtual tour

Macdonald Hall features student services, active learning classrooms and group study spaces and lounges. Take a tour through the home of business at the University of Guelph.

Student spaces

Macdonald Hall features numerous spaces for students to engage in collaborative and independent study. Find your future favourite study spot.

Macdonald Institute

Macdonald Institute

Opened in 1903, Macdonald Institute was co-founded by Adelaide Hoodless and Sir William Macdonald, a non-smoking Montreal tobacco magnate and educational philanthropist. It initially featured instruction for young women in nature study, manual training, domestic science and domestic art. From three-month short courses and one- and two-year training programs, Macdonald Institute grew into a world-class academic institution. The first four-year degree students graduated in 1952 and by the mid 50’s, Guelph’s Macdonald Institute was the premier home economics school in North America.

Macdonald Stewart Hall

Macdonald Stewart Hall

Built in 1975, Macdonald Stewart Hall houses the School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, previously Hotel and Food Administration (HAFA). The building also features the student run restaurant, Pj's. The restaurant is one of Canada's most sustainable restaurants, according to LEAF.