Kennesaw State University opens new on-campus student housing addition
Grand opening of $26 Million University Place II marks university’s 10thyear as a residential…
Georgia (Aug 16, 2012) — Grand opening of $26 Million University Place II marks university’s 10thyear as a residential campus
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KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 16, 2012) — Move-in day for many Kennesaw State University students this year coincides with the opening of the University’s newest residence hall: University Place II, the new 451-bed, 207,500-square-foot apartment complex for upper-class students.
As the fall semester begins at Georgia’s third-largest university, the new housing addition will bring the number of on-campus beds to nearly 3,500 — and will help KSU mark 10 years as a residential campus.
The state-of-the-art University Place II, designed primarily for juniors and seniors, complements the adjacent University Place I residence hall that opened on the Kennesaw State campus in 2002. This latest apartment-style complex features four-bedroom suites with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room, washer and dryer, balcony and Wi-Fi connectivity. The new complex also provides expanded space for student activities, including an outdoor amphitheater and a multipurpose room for hosting events.
“With the opening of University Place II, Kennesaw State achieves yet another milestone in making our institution one of the best residential universities in the U.S.,” said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. “Quality academics and a vibrant campus life are essential for any top university, and with the recent completion of this new housing facility and Phase III of the KSU Sports and Recreation Park — Kennesaw State continues to add top-tier facilities to our first-class academic offerings.”
With this latest housing addition, Kennesaw State Residence Life now offers five on-campus residential communities:
- University Place I: a 700-bed housing apartment complex for upper-class students offering two-bedroom/two-bathroom and four-bedroom/four-bathroom units with full kitchens, washers and dryers. This facility opened on KSU’s campus in 2002.
- University Place II: the latest addition which opened today, now available to upper-class students.
- KSU Place: a 550-bed apartment complex, which opened in 2002, serves all levels of students, and offers four-bedroom/two-bathroom units with full kitchens and a washer and dryer in some units.
- University Village:an 881-bed apartment complex for freshmen, honors students, sophomores and upper-class students. This facility offers two-, three- and four-bedroom units with individual bathrooms, full kitchens and washers and dryers. It opened in 2004.
- University Village Suites: a 915-bed, suite-style housing complex for freshmen, opened in 2008. It offers one-, two- and four-bedroom units with shared bathrooms.
“On-campus student living provides one of the unique experiences of college life,” said Kennesaw State Vice President for Student Success Jerome Ratchford. “There is no substitute for highly motivated students interacting in a safe and supportive environment. Only Kennesaw State students can reside in the university’s residence halls, which are staffed by University personnel — and we can’t emphasize the benefits of that distinction enough to our students and their parents. High-quality and excellence are imbedded in all of the operating elements of our housing program, and there is strong accountability.”
According to the American Council on Education, students who reside on campus report a higher degree of satisfaction with their college experience and have higher retention and graduation rates. Students who live on campus also are more likely to succeed in college and complete their bachelor’s degrees in four years than their off-campus peers.
Kennesaw State’s housing facilities and residence-life staff have won several awards. In 2009, College Planning & Management magazine recognized Kennesaw State’s University Village Suites as a “Project of Distinction” in its Education Design Showcase Awards issue. Also in 2009, the University received three of six statewide awards from the Georgia Housing Officers Association (GHO) in categories recognizing outstanding programs and personnel. Recently, the GHO presented Jeff Cooper, director of housing and residence life, with the 2011 Excellence in Housing Award.
“Simply put, many students want the convenience of on-campus accommodations," said Norman J. Radow, chairman of the Kennesaw State University Foundation. "Our students recognize both the benefit of a living-learning experience, and also the exceptional quality and the obvious thought that has gone into our different housing communities."
University Place II was financed by the Kennesaw State University Foundation through bonds issued by the Development Authority of Cobb County. Construction on the six-acre site began last October and was completed on schedule this month.
The project was designed by HADP Architecture, developed by University Development Services, Inc., and built by Hardin Construction.
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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.