Ylvisaker Hall, commonly called "Ylvi" by the students, is a monument to a Luther College president who was dedicated to the building of the campus. Built as a complement to the freshman women's dormitory, Brandt Hall, Ylvisaker Hall is situated just south of the Regents Towers and north of Valders Hall of Science.
During the years of 1964-1967 the student body at Luther College experienced a rapid growth due to the "baby boomers" reaching college age. At the time of its construction, Ylvisaker Hall was needed as a freshmen male dormitory. The enrollment of men in 1964, when the hall was opened, was substantially higher than that of women. It wasn't until 1970 that this discrepancy became equal followed by a reversal in the very next year.
The building was in use when it was dedicated in 1964 and named after former Luther College President J. Wilhelm Ylvisaker, who had retired in 1961. Ylvisaker Hall was made into a co-educational facility when the demographics of Luther College made it necessary. In 2002 it was renovated to its current interior although the exterior integrity was kept. Ylvisaker Hall still stands with Brandt Hall as the two all freshmen dormitories on the Luther College campus.