Kerr Residence Center

Kerr opened in 1956 after former Oklahoma Governor and Senator Robert S. Kerr donated $250,000. Kerr is one of our most historic residence halls and is infamous for Kerr Christmas and Trick-Kerr-Treat. Kerr underwent remodeling in the summer of 2008 and now boasts kitchenettes with an ironing board, iron, a toaster, microwave and a vacuum on each floor and common rooms on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors with couches, chairs, tables and wall mounted flat panel TV's. Kerr also has a large central lobby and with a wall mounted TV and several sitting areas. Kerr houses freshmen women.


  • Built in Closets
  • One dresser per resident
  • Sink and medicine cabinet
  • Two mirrors above dressers
  • One bed with twin mattress per resident
  • Above closet storage space
  • One desk and chair per resident
  • Carpet
  • Air-conditioning window unit
  • Heater

View Kerr's floor plan

General Info

  • Average number of women on each hall: 25
  • Central laundry room is located in the basement
  • Lounge available for reservation
  • Wireless internet throughout the building
  • Outdoor bike storage


Former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr was an OBU alumnus and benefactor of the university. Kerr, founder of Kerr-McGee Oil Company, became Oklahoma's first native-born governor in 1943. He also was elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma that year. In 1948, he was elected a U.S. Senator and re-elected in 1954 and 1960. In the early 1960s, he was frequently referred to as "King of the Senate." Kerr was a close friend of OBU President John W. Raley. In 1956, he gave $250,000 toward the construction of OBU's Mrs. W.S. Kerr Memorial Dormitory. In today's economy that would equal approximately $1,850,000.