Forbes College

Forbes College has an interesting history different from the rest of the Residential Colleges. In 1927 the main building was constructed as a hotel and became the Princeton Inn. The inn operated until 1970 when the University acquired the property and converted it into a college-like residence to accommodate a growing student population as women were admitted.

Known as the Princeton Inn College, the University constructed a dining hall and connected the main building to the former hotel's working quarters. In those days the inn housed 375 undergraduate students.

In 1984 Malcolm Forbes, Class of 1941, donated $3 million dollars to convert the inn into a Residential College. His generosity allowed for renovations to the dining hall and common areas, and when the construction was completed, the Princeton Inn College was renamed Forbes College in honor of Malcolm’s son, Malcolm “Steve” Forbes, Class of 1970.

Forbes College has been expanded several times over the past thirty years and now includes the “Main Inn,” "New Wing" and the "Courtyard."

Now Forbes College accommodates nearly 500 undergraduate men and women and enjoys a lively community life. The college hosts numerous speakers, parties, and various other events funded by the student college council.

Room Types
  • Singles (private and shared bathrooms)
  • Doubles (private and shared bathrooms)
  • Triples
  • Quads
  • Black Box Theater
  • Cafes
  • Dark room
  • Gender-neutral rooms
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry - Main Inn (basement); Courtyard (basement)
  • Library
  • Printer clusters
  • Seminar room


You and your roommates may configure the furniture in your room or suite any way you like, but all of the furniture must remain in the room for the year. Standard furnishings include:

  • A single bed, which requires extra-long, twin-size sheets
  • A dresser
  • A desk and chair
  • A bookshelf
  • A closet or wardrobe for each person
  • Waste and recycling cans
  • Shades or blinds
  • Message boards at the entrance to many rooms

Floor Plans

Take a look at the floor plans by floor. You will need your NetID to login.

Dormitory Floor Plans

Dining at Forbes College

As a resident of Forbes College, you will likely take most of your meals in the dining room at the main building, which overlooks the Springdale Golf Course. You may, however, choose to eat in any of the other Residential College dining rooms when it is more convenient or if you want to join friends there.

Take a look at the Dining Services website for information on meal plans, daily menus, hours of operation and bringing a guest.

Dining Services - Residential Dining Halls