For the first time in 45 years, Boston College will soon open a new academic facility on the main part of its Chestnut Hill campus.
BC officials say that the $78 million Stokes Hall, the school’s most expensive educational building ever, represents an investment in the humanities and a bet in the future of bricks-and-mortar higher education. It is opening as many institutions, students, and families are questioning the value of liberal arts studies in a struggling economy and amid the soaring cost of college.
“Nationally, everyone is sensitive to the economic realities over the last several years,” said David Quigley, dean of the university’s School of Arts and Sciences. “But Boston College has proven over the last 150 years the value of a liberal arts education, and you see so many parents who recognize that, who see Boston College as a wise investment.”
The building’s namesake, Patrick T. Stokes, who has donated $22 million toward the facility, earned a degree in math from BC in 1964.